New York City boasts an amazing variety of tourist attractions for families, which provide endless opportunities for enjoying a memorable vacation. If you are traveling with children, and don't want to miss out on important landmarks, these attractions for kids in NYC are meant for you. An amalgam of educational, sightseeing and entertainment centers, these attractions have a little something for everyone:
1. Queens Country
Queens Country is a farm museum, which has been functional since 1697. This eighteenth century farmhouse has given a shelter to scores of sheep, goats, cows, pigs and chicken. Families visit the farm to relax in the herb garden and orchard, or take a hayride, pick their own pumpkin patch, and see how the greenhouse works from inside.
2. Tisch Children’s Zoo
Tisch Children’s Zoo is a separate section of the Central Park Zoo, geared for toddlers and older children, who really enjoy petting and feeding barnyard animals like alpacas, sheep, goats and potbellied hogs. There are various playing opportunities for children including climbing into turtle shells and shimmying up spider webs.
3. Times Square
A vacation in New York is definitely not complete without at least once visit to Times Square. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations all over the world, it is considered to be alarmingly crowded. However, its not as challenging to visit it with children as you may think. Scores of locals as well as tourists bring their children to see NYC’s popular buildings, stores, signs, lights and people. You can make a stop at the 3-story Toys R Us, before you leave the city.
4. Books of Wonder
Books of Wonder is the largest and oldest bookstore for children in NYC. The store consists of practically everything from ancient classics to latest books for children. In addition to books, the store also features vibrant artwork, which will leave your little ones mesmerized. Books of Wonder provides a great opportunity to sit with your children for a quiet afternoon. If you are going on a Sunday, you may want to go around noon for “story-time.”
5. American Girl Place New York
American Girl Place New York, situated on the Fifth Avenue, is a paradise for every young girl. The store contains every character of American Girl ever created, along with their props, accessories and outfits. Different sections of the store offer different activities for girls, including arts and crafts. While in the area, you may also want to take your children to FAO Schwarz, which is one of the largest toy stores and rated among the top attractions for kids in NYC.