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See which places to visit in New York when traveling with children


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New York is so, but so famous, that even those who have never been there have the impression that they know the main tourist attractions: Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square and Broadway theaters, Empire State building and the incredible Metropolitan, MoMa and of Natural History.

These are the must-see places for all tourists to visit and, therefore, should already be on the city’s itinerary for everyone with a ticket purchased there.

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But there is one type of tourist who can benefit from special help: those who go to NY with children — and, believe me, this is a city that welcomes families with little ones of any age.

Check out 11 lesser-known visiting tips in New York, but equally unmissable, even on a trip with children.

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Children’s Museum

In the middle of New York, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan was created. It has both exhibits, like an adult museum, and interactive activities, classes and attractions. It is so successful that in 2023 they will move to an even bigger space.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

212 West 83rd St. from Thu. Mon., from 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $7 (under 3 years old free).

Harry Potter

About an hour’s drive from Manhattan, New York’s main island, is the immersive Harry Potter experience. It’s an hour and a half tour with interaction, special effects and characters from both the little wizard and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

Forbidden Forest Experience

2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights. Daily from 17:00 to 23:00. Tickets from US$64.

make your own toy

The city has two special places for those who want to create their own doll or teddy bear. The doll space is called American Girl Place, where the visitor puts together the complete look. As for a personalized teddy bear, the main point is Build a Bear, right in the heart of the city.

American Girl place

75 Rockefeller Plaza. Daily from 11 am to 6 pm. Free access to the store. Doll customization starts at $200.

Build a Bear

22 W 34th St. Daily from 10 am to 9 pm. Free access to the store.

gigantic zoo

There are two famous zoos in New York. One is in Central Park, and the largest animal space in the entire United States is the Bronx Zoo. To give you an idea, there are 150 official soccer fields inside the zoo. There it is possible, depending on the schedule, to interact with animals.

brox zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard. Daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets from US$32.

Central Park Zoo

E. 64th St & 5th Ave. Mon. to Fri., from 10 am to 5 pm. Sat., Sun. and holidays, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Tickets start at $14.95.

HQ and Toys fans

Two of the best spaces in the world for fans of comics and action figures are in the city. In fact, America’s premier comic book store, Midtown Comics, has three locations in New York. In Times Square is the main one. If you’re a toy fan, don’t miss Toy Tokyo.

midtown comics

Open daily from 11 am to 7 pm (Sunday to Tuesday) and 11 am to 9 pm (Wednesday to Saturday). Free access.

Tokyo Tokyo

91 Second Avenue. Daily from 12:30 to 19:00. Free access.

Colors, colors, colors

The best colorful experience you can have is at Fábrica de Colors. There are from themed exhibitions to immersive experiences with colors and textures. Hard not to be dazzled.

Color Factory

251 Spring Street. Daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets from US$38.

a meal terror

If you’re a fan of scares and suspense, have lunch or dinner at the Jekyll & Hyde Club. Every ten minutes a surprise happens in the house.

Jekyll & Hyde Club

91 7th Ave S. Open on weekends and every other day of the week. Online reservation is required to check the day’s session value.

shopping with fun

Everyone who goes to the United States ends up buying something. So, why not combine the useful with the pleasant and go straight to the largest North American shopping mall, the American Dream Mall? To get an idea of ​​the size of the shopping center, the space includes a Nickelodeon theme park and a water park, in addition to other attractions. It is about an hour’s drive from downtown Manhattan.

American Dream Mall

1 American Dream Wy, East Rutherford. Open between 11 am and 9 pm. The amount is paid per attraction.

for the rockers

New York is one of the cities with the most music stories in the world. If you are mainly a fan of pop and rock, you will find an attraction at every corner. Two of the most legendary are well located. At 315 Bowery Street there was a nightclub called CBGB’s, where stars like the Ramones and Talking Heads performed every other week. The house closed, but the store that opened there kept the walls and much of the club’s original setting, transforming the space into a kind of rock museum. To complete the tour, it is worth visiting the Dakota building, where the Beatle John Lennon lived and was shot at by a fan. In front of the building, in Central Park, a path was made called Strawberry Fields, as in the famous song of the quartet.

John Varvatos

315 Bowery. Daily from 11 am to 6 pm. Free access.

Dakota Building

1 W 72nd St. Free access.

radical freedom

A visit to the Statue of Liberty is a must. So why not do it radically? For that there is The Beast Speedboat Ride, which is a speedboat that makes the journey with a lot of emotion.

The Beast Speedboat Ride

Pier 83 W 42nd Street and 12th Avenue. Travel from 11 am to 6 pm (closes in winter and reopens in April). Starting at $25.

TV program

And how about finishing the trip in a recording of the best shows on North American TV? It’s not very publicized, so you can risk free tickets with good chances in New York. Subscribe to the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” or “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” websites and good luck.

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