Take a bite of the Big Apple
When you have children, New York, like Disney World, is best approached with as little strict planning as possible. But this is a city with plenty of magic for every age group – you just have to know where to focus your energy.
You could spend your whole visit in Central Park. This 840-acre oasis in the city offers loads of attractions and activities, from a carousel to a zoo, horse-and-carriage rides, or just stretching out on the grass and watching the world go by.
While you might not want to climb Liberty (as it can be a little claustrophobic for small children), hitting the Staten Island Ferry for a free round-trip past the Statue of Liberty will also give your children a fabulous view of the lower Manhattan skyline. Back on shore, let children run off steam in Battery Park before heading across the street to the National Museum of the American Indian, which is fantastic... and fantastically unknown.
After a spot of shopping in Bloomingdales, pop to Serendipity 3 – an ice-cream shop at its grandest. They even hold the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive ice cream – the Golden Opulence Sundae ($1,000 a pop).
Right on Central Park, and just down the road from the FAO Schwarz toy store, The New York Plaza has a brilliant location at the top of Fifth Avenue. Rooms range from $695 per night for a room with two double beds to $3,500 a night for a two-bedroom Plaza Suite.
On a less lavish budget, the W New York, Times Square, is ideally located for some of New York’s livelier attractions. A room with two double beds in this boutique hotel costs from $312 per night during March.