A trip to New York City can be fun for the whole family with so much to do, whether you want to teach your kids about history in a way that’s far more interesting than a textbook or show them Manhattan, a classic microcosm of the world. There’s no major subject, theme, attraction, or trend that you can’t experience here, which is why so many consider Manhattan real estate to be the cream of the crop.

Best Places in NYC to Take the Whole Family

If you need to narrow down all the options, be sure to put these top spots on your list.

Central Park

Central Park is a popular spot for locals and visitors of all types, including the occasional celebrity. You can rent bikes to explore on two wheels or enjoy them on foot. Keep an eye out for the stars while visiting the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, Belvedere Castle, the Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Fields that honors John Lennon, and rent a boat at the Loeb Boathouse to paddle around the water. The Central Park Zoo, with over 130 animal species, always makes for a good time too.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Take the ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty, the country’s first glimpse for millions of Americans. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration lies adjacent to it and tells the story of Ellis Island from the colonial period through today with taped oral histories, artifacts, and photographs.

If you have an ancestor who came through here or isn’t sure if you do, search through the database that contains more than 22 million records of the passengers who arrived at the Port of New York anytime from 1892 through 1924.

The Empire State Building

While it might be a touristy thing to do, riding the elevator up the tallest structure in New York City really shouldn’t be missed. It’s open until 2 a.m., so if your kids are older, you might consider a late-night visit to skip the long lines and take in the skyline at its most magnificent, with it illuminated after dark. Otherwise, you’ll be able to gaze out at unmatched views from one of the two observation decks, with the panorama stretching across six states.

Times Square

The most frantic part of New York is a global legend. It’s the epicenter for tourists in the city. After dark, the endless scene of colorful neon lights with the bustle of activity is unforgettable, but if you can visit early in the morning, you might even find yourself on TV.

Many shows are filmed here, at least in part. Major news shows like “Good Morning America” are even broadcast live from here.

Yankee Stadium

If you visit during baseball season, you’ve got to go to a Yankees game. It’s more than just a sporting event. It’s a way to immerse yourself in the city’s culture. For baseball fans, it stirs feelings of awe and reverence.

Plus, there’s a museum on-site that showcases memorabilia like American League MVP Thurman Munson’s old locker and signed baseballs. Monument Park in the outdoor plaza has a fantastic collection of tributes to greats like Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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