Traveling to New York City as a Family

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When the year began, I knew that I wanted to travel more but I had not idea we’d start so soon. In February, we took our first trip; we packed up and headed to New York! While, I realize this was nearly two months ago, I still wanted to share my experience with you. Especially because I know that as the weather warms up NYC is a destination that many people consider.

I have wanted to visit New York for as long as I can remember. And I’ve had a list of things to do; the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc. I honestly didn’t have many expectations, but part of me thought it would be like in the movies.

Interestingly enough, New York reminded me a lot of  Europe, from the weather to the architecture. Yet it was such a unique city and like no other I have visited before. We spent four days there as a family and though the weather wasn’t too friendly we had fun each day. Keep scrolling to see what we did in NYC and see if you could add these to your itinerary.

Day One: Times Square + Empire State Building

Our first stop was Time Square because it is a must while in New York. Also, because our hotel was nearby. And being there, among so many tourist who traveled as far as we did to see this magical city gave us all kinds of feels. We saw all the screens in awe and got to witness how others searched for the perfect shot to take back home as a memory and souvenir.

Our second stop on this first day was the Empire State Building, another icon and must see while in NYC. What I loved most at the ESB was the views from the viewing deck. We made it just after nightfall, but it was a beautiful sight nonetheless.

Day Two: Central Park + Grand Central Station

I will admit that day two was a lot colder. It was also more adventurous. We decided to give the subway system a try, and if you plan to visit during cold months, I recommend using it. It is much nicer than walking everywhere and facing the cold New York winds. 😉 Because it was so cold we didn’t hang around Central Park for too long. Just long enough for the girls to enjoy the playground and snap a few photos. This is definitely on my list for when we return – I (am/may be) planning a second trip.

Grand Central Station was absolutely romantic. Yes, romantic – even with all the people moving through during rush hour. Perhaps it has something to do with the lighting and all the details in the architecture.

Day Three: Statue of Liberty + Brooklyn Bridge

While we didn’t get to go all the way to the top, from below the Statue of Liberty was just as impressive. And so was the NYC skyline, I loved being able to see it from the island. If you’re looking to get a view from the top, I do recommend buying your tickets in advanced. We waited until the same day and missed out on this opportunity.

Our second stop was the Brooklyn Bridge, which was full of tourist. Yes, it is just a bridge but it is probably one of the nicest I have seen. 🙂 So, make sure to add it to your list.

Other places that we visited but are not photographed here include; the Charging Bull, Love/Hope sign on Broadway and W 53rd St., Roberta’s Pizza at Urbanspace and Snack Box on Broadway. We did plenty for how cold it was and four being with the girls. Yet, there is so much left on my list for New York.

Have you been to New York City? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Looks like you stayed in Manhattan. Wondering if you could add any insights on nearby boroughs. We are trying to save money buy going airbnb in jersey or Brooklyn but not sure how far is far and how close is close if you know what I mean. I guess I’m considering the kids at the end of a day and getting on a train for 20 mins versus 40 mins.

    1. Brooklyn seemed like a good option, especially since trains are available. We honestly just wanted to be within walking distance to attractions near the Times Square area.

  2. Looks like you had a positive experience! I’ve been a few times and I just can’t seem to find the fun . I’m more low key and love a less busy area. Your pictures look awesome !

  3. Beautiful pictures! And great you got so much done in 4 days. I still haven’t been to NY, definitely on my bucket list

  4. What a dream! I also dream to travel to the US one day and specially NY. We travel a lot in Europe, but I’m still hesitant about visiting such a large city with my children , my youngest is 2. How old is your youngest? Was the trip hard for her?

  5. Your photos are stunning and really highlight how gorgeous a city NYC is. You gave some really great advice for families looking to visit too.

  6. Looks like you guys had a great trip. I’ve been to NY,NY twice because I was on that show ‘Say Yes to the Dress’. I loved every minute. I’d love to go back as a family of 6 and let the kids see the city.

  7. Beautiful pics, looks like y’all had a great time! My husband has never been to NYC – I’d love to take him one day, it’s so busy there I get quite overwhelmed!

  8. Looks like you guys enjoyed your trip to my home state. It also looked like it was ridiculously cold. I hate the NY weather, but the bright lights and constant hustle and bustle, there’s simply nothing like it. Thanks for reminding me of home.

  9. I have never been to NYC but it is definitely on my list of places that I cannot wait to travel to. It is truly the city that never sleeps and I can’t wait to visit one day.

    Looks like your family had a great time! x


  10. Lovely photos!! I have always wanted to go to NYC in the winter when it all snowing and magical like in the movies. Where in Europe have you gone that reminded you of New York?

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