Whether you are traveling with your baby or taking all three kids to New York City for a family vacation, you should have plan for having fun. Babies Travel Lite has teamed up with GoCityKids to bring you a mini-travel guide of sites you shouldn’t miss when you visit the Big Apple with kids.
- Central Park Zoo
- FAO Schwartz
- Toys R Us – Times Square
- Statue Of Liberty
- American Museum of Natural History
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Central Park Zoo
- Location: 830 Fifth Avenue, New York (Central Park), NY
- Phone: 212.439.6500
- Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5:30pm. Closes at 4:30pm during winter.
- Cost: Adults $8; Seniors $4; Children $3 (under age 3, free)
- Web: http://www.centralparkzoo.com
Infant New York City There has been a zoo in Central Park since 1864, when housing needed to be constructed for the many animals donated by well-intentioned fans of New York City. The current zoo opened on August 8, 1988 and covers 6-1/2 acres, the perfect amount of ground for young feet to cover in an hour or so.
The Zoo houses more than 130 species throughout tropical, temperate, and polar habitats, including some endangered and threatened animals, like the Tamarin Monkeys and Red Pandas. Entering the Rain Forest Pavilion is a soothing experience, reminding us of a cross between a spa and late nights with the shower on with our croup-y four year olds. Little eyes need to be peeled and constantly alert to peer through the mist and see everything. Elsewhere in the Zoo, polar bears, penguins, and sea lions are constant sources of amusement.
- Location: 767 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022
- Phone: 212.644.9400
- Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm
- Cost: Moderate to expensive. Takes major credit cards.
- Web: http://www.fao.com
New York City Baby Every child’s fantasy land, from the giant stuffed animals to the high end electronic games and ride-in luxury cars, FAO Schwarz packs in plenty of opportunity for gawking at, or scooping up, the latest in the world of toys.
The new store design is very customer friendly – wider aisles, uncluttered displays, and lots of comfortable resting spots and places for kids to spend some hands-on time with the inventory.
Toys “R” Us – Times Square
- Location: 1514 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
- Phone: 646.366.8855
- Hours: Sun 11am-9pm; Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
- Cost: Moderate. Takes major credit cards.
- Web: http://www.toysrustimessquare.com
New York City Infant The latest Toys “R” Us stands head and shoulders above just about any toy store we can think of (yes, even FAO Schwarz)!
With more than 110,000 square feet to play with, the store has truly amazing stuff, from a 10,000-pound, 20 foot-tall, animatronic T Rex that looms over shoppers, to a two-story Barbie playhouse, to (gasp) a working 60-foot high Ferris Wheel with 14 individually themed cars.
Statue of Liberty
- Location: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10006
- Phone: 212.363.3200
- Hours: Daily 8:30am-5:30pm; closed Christmas Day
- Cost: Free. Ferry ride to Statue is $11.50 for adults; $9.50 for seniors; and $4.50 for children (4-12)
- Web: http://www.nps.gov/stli
Infants New York City France’s gift to America is an inspiring sight in the New York Harbor, and can be an inspiring site to visit as well. Of course, it also requires a LOT of stamina and patience, two things most children don’t seem to have a lot of.
Time passes are needed to enter the monument. A limited number of time passes are available at the ferry ticket offices for walk-ins on a first come, first served basis, but it’s best to reserve in advance by phoning the ferry company (1.866.782.8834 – US only; 212.269.5755 outside the US) or visiting www.statuereservations.com
American Museum of Natural History
- Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
- Phone: 212.769.5100
- Hours: Daily 10am-5:45pm
- Cost: Suggested Admission: Adults $15; Students/Seniors $11; Children (2-12) $8.50
- Web: http://www.amnh.org
Toddler New York City
There’s no better place to spend a rainy day, or even a sunny one, than inside The Natural History Museum. From the instant they climb the stone steps and enter the lobby, children are rapt with attention. The animal dioramas are over 30 years old (they were there when WE were kids), but the scenes are still fascinating and weirdly beautiful. The dinosaurs, of course, can’t be beat, and the often overlooked Hall of Gems contains The Star of India, the biggest and most famous star sapphire.