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Great Family-friendly Activities In New York

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Travel tips for kids extracted from kidsGo! New York
By Mio Debnam, illustrated by Tania Willis


Visiting New York City? Wow, lucky you!

The Big Apple, as it is sometimes called, has 45 million visitors a year, who go there to enjoy all the incredible things there are to do and see.

A fun thing to do in any city is to go somewhere really high to get a bird’s eye view. Most people go to the Empire State Building, which is great, but we’d recommend you try out the Rockefeller Center, instead.

The observation decks on the ‘Top of the Rock’ are on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors – so the wrap around view is spectacular! You can take a photo of yourself with the Empire State Building or Central Park in the background and don’t forget to blow a kiss to the Statue of Liberty while you’re up there. You should try the beam walk on the mezzanine level too – which will give you some idea of how good the construction worker’s sense of balance was!

No visit to New York would be complete without a boat ride on the harbor to see the Statue of Liberty. You can take a nice slow ride past, on the Staten Island Ferry, which runs all day and all night and is totally free, or you can roar along the harbor on a speedboat instead. Part thrill ride, part sightseeing tour, the Beast Speedboat Tour is perfect for families who want a fun filled ride or for those in a hurry. Expect to get wet!

After a ride like that, you’ll probably be glad to get back on dry land! Why not visit one of the many great museums, like our favorite, the American Museum of Natural History, which is one of the largest museums in the world. If you’re a science fanatic, visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, which is stuffed full of interactive displays like how movies are made and how robots work.

Ouch, are your feet sore from all that walking yet? Why not go see a Broadway musical, or a ball game. Remember to grab a hot dog ‘with everything’ if you go to the game, as that’s part of the tradition!

Speaking of hot dogs, did you know they have an annual hot dog eating competition in Coney Island? In 2011, the winner ate 62 hotdogs in ten minutes! The competition is held every year on July the 4th, but don’t worry if you miss it because summers are fun on Coney Island.

It has a beach, a baseball stadium, a circus and an aquarium as well as amusement parks – some of which have rides that are over 90 years old! If you’re 137cm or taller, we’d recommend Coney Island’s most famous roller coaster – the Cyclone. Guaranteed to make you scream!

Apart from all that, there are zoos to visit, flying trapeze classes to try out, parks to explore, and lots more. Get the details in kidsGo! New York.

Happy Holidays!

Mio Debnam
Mio Debnam is currently working as a writer/editor, having ‘retired’ from the world of journalism, where she worked as the Editor in Chief of two daily children’s newspapers for several years. Over the years, she has had stories and articles for both adults and children published, as well as a middle-grade fantasy novel, four picture books and several educational readers. She’s also the author of a new series of travel guidebooks for curious children: kidsGo! New York, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bali and Phuket in 2011 by Haven Books.

Text © copyright of Mio Debnam and kidsGo! Travel Series (an imprint of Haven Books)
Illustrations © copyright of Tania Willis and kidsGo! Travel Series (an imprint of Haven Books)
Reproduced here by Yummy Mummy with the permission of Haven Books Limited

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