When you’re planning a vacation with the kids, you may not immediately think of visiting New York. I know my husband dreads trying to navigate the busy subways and sidewalks. But if you manage to get past this, there’s a whole world of incredible sights to enjoy with children. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, give NYC a chance. It’s an amazing family vacation destination. We are hoping to go visit my sister and the kid’s cousin sometime in the next year. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you plan a sensational, stress-free trip.



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Plan ahead

Planning ahead is essential with any city break. Doing a bit of research will enable you to organize your days, and find out where to stay and what to do. New York is a sprawling metropolis, and it’s best to have some idea how to get from A to B before you land. If you can, book accommodation and transfers before you head off on your holiday.


Use the subway

Traveling with kids can be tough at the best of times, let alone when you’re trying to herd them through a crowd of commuters rushing to work in the morning. Using the subway may seem like a nightmare. But if you know where you’re going, it’s actually a really simple, effective and affordable means of getting around. Try and avoid rush hour in the mornings and evenings. This will make your journey a little less frenetic. Check out this article to help you work out how to get around easily.



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Consider renting an apartment

Most people choose to stay in hotels when they visit NYC. Hotels in New York are fantastic, but if you’re traveling with kids, an apartment may be a better option. If you have your own living space, you can come and go as you please. You can cook at home, and there’s less risk of noisy neighbors. It can also work out cheaper, especially if you have a large family.




If you’re used to driving, you may be thinking about hiring a car to get around and see the city sights. Unless you want to spend your vacation in a traffic jam, it’s highly beneficial to use other modes of transport. Channel the locals and use the subway. Walk when you can, and hire cabs if you’re in a hurry, and it’s not rush hour.



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Eat near tourist traps

At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, it may be tempting to go to the first restaurant you see. But don’t be swayed by the convenience of eateries located right next to tourist hot spots. You’re likely to enjoy a mediocre meal at a much higher price than you would find down the street. Take time to read reviews and find some suitable options before you travel.


If you’re traveling to New York with the kids this year, I hope these dos and don’ts will help you to plan an amazing trip with minimal hassle. Take some time to do your research, and plan your itinerary. Weigh up your options when it comes to accommodation, and try and work out your subway routes – the subway is so easy and convenient. If you do get stuck and you need advice, don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll find that many New Yorkers are very friendly.


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