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The Ultimate Urban Adventure: New York City with Kids

Epic museums, cheap fun, hidden gems and a to-sky-for park

The first time I visited New York City, in 1977, the city was in such terrible shape I wondered why anyone would want to live there.

Fast-forward almost 40 years and I wonder why any family would want to leave. Sure, there are purists who complain that New York is less gritty and more Disney than it used to be. But when it comes to kids, what's wrong with a little Disney? There are plays for kids, shops for kids, great restaurants for kids, playgrounds everywhere and lots of opportunities to get a taste of the “real” New York.

Here’s a handy list of top adventures for families in Manhattan and Brooklyn, spotlighting some of the newer things to do (you can always save Queens and the Bronx for your return trip). Plus, we include a guide to family friendly places to stay and nosh.

START: Big Apple Greeter + Boba Life NYC

Top New York City adventures with kids:

1. NYC like a local: Big Apple Greeter + Boba Life NYC
2. Freedom's waiting room: The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island + National Museum of the American Indian
3. Living history: The Tenement Museum + Berkli Parc
4. Underground cool: The Transit Museum + Shake Shack
5. Bright lights: Broadway + Broadway Play
6. Park in the sky: The High Line + Chelsea Piers
7. Dino-mite: American Museum of Natural History + Central Park's Great Lawn
8. Air and sea time: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum + Market Diner
9. Deal fun: Governors Island + Brooklyn Bridge Park

10 . New York City: Places to stay with kids
11. New York City: Top places to eat

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