Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan

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New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason. The stores, subways and streets are all buzzing with activity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a frenzied pace that might seem a little too fast for children. That’s not the case. There are plenty of things to do in New York that kids will enjoy and probably look back on with a smile for the rest of their lives.

One of the best things to do in New York with kids is to bring them to the top of the Empire State Building. This world-famous skyscraper is one of the most iconic pieces of the New York skyline and a trip to its 86th-floor observatory deck is almost obligatory for anyone visiting the city. Kids will enjoy getting to see the city from a height that only birds (or superheroes) usually get to enjoy.

If you are going to be in the city for Independence Day, tickets for the Empire State Building’s 4th of July Fireworks VIP event are now on sale! Watch as the sky lights up over the Hudson River. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also be sure to take a look at the Empire State Building at night to see how it is being lit. The lights on the top of the building and its memorable spire are changed routinely to commemorate holidays, events and other special occasions. (You can see what the different colors mean on the ESB’s website.

Another thing to do in New York that kids will be excited about is the Statue of Liberty Cruise. Narrated by a professional tour guide and equally as enjoyable at night as it is during the day, the Statue of Liberty Cruise is a great way to see the world famous monument as well as sights like Ellis Island, the World Financial Center and the nearly-completed Freedom Tower.  Kids will enjoy cruising down the Hudson River and getting an up close look at the harbor around NYC.

If for some reason they don’t like seeing the ESB or going on the cruise, you can always bring your kid on the SHARK Speedboat. That never fails!

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