CITY SPOTLIGHT: New York City

Taking kids to the Big Apple can be very overwhelming. But, it’s a wonderful, exciting city that kids will love if you know the right places to go! Here are 10 fun ideas to do with the family.

1. Bryant Park http://www.bryantpark.org/

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Offering many shows and activities year round, Bryant Park is a great place to take the family. It serves as tiny piece of relaxation in a bustling city and is beautiful to explore!

2. Top of the Rock http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

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Going to the top of the Empire State Building is great, but the lines and the cost can often deter families from going. The top of Rockefeller Center offers a just-as-breathtaking view of the entire city, along with an opportunity to see NBC Studios where celebrities can be seen daily!

3. FAO Schwarz http://www.fao.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3810526

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This place is every kid’s dream. You could possibly even spend an entire day in this store and no one would be bored! FAO Schwarz is definitely a must-see!

4. Shake Shack http://www.shakeshack.com/#

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With several different locations around the city, Shake Shack has some of the best burgers and shakes around. If the weather is nice, head to the Madison Square Park location and sit outside on tables in the park to enjoy your delicious meals!

5. Dylan’s Candy Bar http://www.dylanscandybar.com/

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This place is the ultimate candy store. Head here in the afternoon for a special treat for the kids (and for you!).

6. Central Park Zoo http://www.centralparkzoo.com/

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The Central Park Zoo is a unique place to see all sorts of animals right in the middle of Central Park! It’s accessibility makes it a great place to go with the whole family and still be able to hit up other destinations in the same day.

7. Eataly http://www.eataly.com/

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Taking up an entire square block of Manhattan, this relatively new addition to the city offers everything Italian. Restaurants, gelato, bread, pasta, cheese, you name it! This indoor Italian market has so much to offer for the whole family!

8. Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/

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This is a great way to make the trip educational without your kids even realizing it. Filled with many exhibits on nature, space, dinosaurs, oceans, and more, the Museum of Natural History is one of the most fun, enriching places to explore in New York City.

9. American Girl Place http://www.americangirl.com/stores/location_ny.php

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This one of a kind American Girl Doll headquarters is a wonderful place to spend part of the day. You and your child are able to pick out a special American Girl Doll, look at the many outfits and accessories they offer, and even eat a meal with your doll!

10. ESPN Zone http://www.espnzone.com/

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If you have any sports lovers in the crew, head to ESPN Zone for lunch or dinner. Play games, watch sports, talk sports, explore sports, all while eating a great meal!

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