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New York

New York, 6 hours flight from London and a shopping and tourist haven. One of the most popular destinations it really is the city that never sleeps. The largest city in the United States, there's a birth here every 4.4 seconds.

Famous for broadway shows, Wall Street, Times square, The Empire State Building and The Statue Of Liberty.

Fun Facts....Did you know that the drinking water in New York contains crustaceans and therefore is deemed not vegan?? 

It's such a diverse and multi cultural city claiming more than 800 languages are spoken in New York.

Honking your horn is actually illegal in New York City. But of course, most people, if any don't care about this. There are more women than men in New York City making dating for us girls a nightmare!!!!

Visa required?

Yes

Currency

US Dollar

Injections

No

Key information 

Currency

The US Dollar

Visa

An ESTA must be filled out and validated online before travel to the United States.

Best time to travel

Did you know New York gets 15 times more snow fall than the north pole? The best time to visit New York is April to June and September to early November when the weather is warm but the tourist crowds are not overwhelming. The cheapest time to visit New York is on weekends from mid-January to the end of February. December is the busiest and most expensive time of the year.

Average temperatures

New York can be as cold as minus 15 degrees in winter and reach temperatures of over 35 in the summer .

Child friendly rating

To be honest i wasn't too sure at first. Three kids in one of the worlds busiest cities, but my children absolutely loved it. The New Yorkers are generally really fond of the kids and the hotels are beyond accommodating. There's also lots for the children to do out and about in the city.

We give New York a rating of 9/10

Jabs

No vaccinations are needed to visit New York

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - Central park


The first thing you want to do is buy a New York City pass for discounts of up to 42% on all your attractions. You can pick one of these up online at www.citypass.com or www.gocity.com Central Park is more than just an open space. With boating lakes, tours , A vintage carousel, Ice skating and even a zoo, you can make a whole day out of this beautiful greenland.




Day 2 - Brunch at Ellens


Milkshakes and musicals. Grab a bite of brunch at New Yorks famous diner. Get served and sung to by some of broadways most talented, resting actors and actresses. A must go to for families. Please note you can NOT make a reservation and its first come first served. Open daily &am till midnight www.ellensstardustdiner.com




Day 3 - Ride the Statten Island Ferry


This is a free ride across from Manhattan and the best way to see 'The Statue of Liberty' up close. Ferries run every 15-20 minutes, 24 hours a day and the trip takes approx 25 minutes.




Day 4 - Appear on the Today Show


Get there early to grab a space and be featured on Americas hit morning show. This is unticketed. Simply join the que at 49th street and Rockafellar centre at 6am for a 7am film start. After take 'The Ride' around New York City. An interactive bus tour and show in a custom built theatre bus. This 75 minute tour takes you through 10 neighbourhoods and 50 landmarks while the actors entertain you. www.experiencetheride.com




Day 5 - Brooklyn Bridge


Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and get your picture taken at the famous hotspot, DUMBO. (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass). Then grab a coffee and spend the morning people watching.




Day 6 - The Zoos


Take the kids to a sleepover Two of our favourite sleepovers in New York are the Night at the Museum and the Bronx Zoo. Museum of Natural History, Upper Westside Minimum age 6, $150 pp. The popular Night at the Museum sleepover invites the children and parents to explore all the halls of the American Museum after hours and camp out in one of them. Sleepovers include an evening snack and breakfast in the morning. Bronx Zoo Minimum age 5 . $175 pp. Bring your own tent and pitch up on the lawn. This slumber party with the lions, tigers and bears is a huge hit! www.tickets.wcs.org




Day 7 - Cupcake making tour


Take a cupcake making walking tour around Greenwich Village. For those little ones who loves ice cream and cupcakes, this 2 hour tour of the surrounding bakeries and ice cream parlours is a must do. Please note this is a walking tour. www.getyourguide.com




Day 8 - Do the attractions


1- Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock Observation Deck 2- Metropolitan Museum of Art 3- Broadway and Theatre District 4- Empire State Building 5- 9/11 memorial and Museum 6- High Line 7 -Times Square 8-Fifth Avenue 9-Grand central Terminal 10-Radio City Music Hall




Day 9 - Visit the beac


Not usually top of the list in New York, but in the summer temperatures can hot 40 degrees. Grab the subway and head to these top 4 beaches. 1- Coney Island in brooklyn This iconic beach is probably the best-known among the beaches in New York. New showers and toilets have been installed and the 2.5 mile beach is once more clean and inviting. 2- Orchard Beach in the bronx Spend the day sunbathing and swimming the 'Riviera of New York City' and end the day at City Island which you will find a walking distance from the beach. 3-Great Kills Park in Staten Island Statens most famous beach is the Franklin D. Roosevelt beach which has a boardwalk that stretches for 2.5 miles. Lesser known is the Great Kills Park, where the beaches are less crowded and more private. 4- Long Beach, Long Island. The white sand is soft, the beach is clean, there are great waves for surfing and the kids will love it. The long island rail road takes you there in less than an hour from Penn Station in midtown, Manhattan




Day 10 - Visit the American Girl Store


Every little girls dream. (Be warned this is not cheap). This flagship store can be found At 75 Rockefeller Plaza. Pamper yourself and your doll and dine on cinnamon buns, in the ultimate dolly and me afternoon tea.





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