New York City City Guide
OverviewIt’s got many names — the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, NYC — whatever you want to call it, a family vacation to New York City is sure to be a trip to remember!
If you’re thinking of taking a bite out of the Big Apple, you’re not alone; it’s the most-visited destination in the U.S. Often described as the cultural, financial and media capital of the world, New York City offers a bustling vacation destination to explore the city’s iconic cityscape (including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Plaza), historical icons (such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and One World Trade Center) and cultural landmarks (such as the United Nations Secretariat Building, Central Park, Times Square and Broadway).
There’s also recreation for the whole frog family, whether you’d like to take in the inspirational museums in the area, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim, or catch a sporting event from the Yankees, the Knicks, the Rangers, the Jets or the Mets. Of course, you could also watch a Broadway show, shop (Tad and Lily can’t get enough of FAO Schwarz!) or check out pop culture icons, like the fictional Eloise’s home, The Plaza Hotel. This list is just scratching the surface! With so much to do and see packed into the city’s five boroughs, there’s never a dull moment in New York City.
Best Time to Visit
There are a few truly great times to visit New York City, though you’ll find that outside of the heat of summer, there really isn’t a bad time to plan a trip. Take into account what your party is looking to do in terms of seasonal activities (the Rockettes, Times Square Tree Lighting, Macy’s Day Parade, ice skating, sporting events … you name it!) and plan from there. Early fall in New York City (September, October and the beginning of November) is an ideal time to visit, taking advantage of the comfortable temperatures, hovering in the 60s and 70s, and the turning leaves.
What We Love
- Easy use of public transportation (no car necessary)
- Year-round, family-friendly activities
- Lots of tadpole-friendly dining options (that Mom and Dad will love, too! Hot dogs, pizza, bagels, cheesecake, pastrami … you name it!)
Fun Facts About New York City
- More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
- NYC is home to more than 3 million residents born outside of the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world.
- The New York City Subway, with 472 rail stations, is the largest single-operator rapid transit system in the world.
- The first pizzeria in the country opened in 1895 in NYC.
- The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the U.S.; Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
- There are "fake" buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation.
- Commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets each day.
- Albert Einstein's eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
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