Driving directions: from the east, I-87 to Triborough Bridge, or 495 to Midtown Tunnel; from the west, follow New Jersey Turnpike North/South to Lincoln Tunnel or Holland Tunnel into New York City. Map
Also check out its wild and colorful history, dazzling Broadway shows, world-class art exhibits, shopping, and museums.
Kid-friendly New York City
New York City has endless possibilities for entertaining young children, beginning with NYC's backyard, Central Park.
While the Zoo in Central Park is a second runner-up to the Bronx Zoo, it is definitely one of the best in the country - and the Tisch Children's Zoo there has never disappointed any kids we've known! Face painting, balloon sculptors, clowns, puppet shows and other child friendly performances are provided by local street performers as you approach the entrance of the Children's Zoo.
A little further uptown, you'll find the Museum of Natural History. The dinosaurs, the mummies and the Indians make this the perfect kid's place to explore. The Planetarium also has a great show for older kids.
Forget about waiting for hours and dealing with crowds to see the Statue of Liberty - this ride floats you close enough to say hello
and get some great pictures. You'll need to get off in Staten Island and return for the ride back to the city featuring a great view of the world's most famous skyline
From the Manhattan-side ferry entrance, it is a short walk to South Street Seaport along the East River with tall ships available
for touring. The Hudson River - on the West Side of the island - is the home of the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum where families get to go aboard and climb around the inside of a huge aircraft carrier and a submarine.
The Empire State Building is probably already on your grown-up list of things to do. Great - the kids will love it too. But don't leave the Empire State Building without visiting the New York Sky Ride.
Of course, for all its glamor and excitement, New York also rolls out the red carpet for families with Kids Night on Broadway now extended throughout the year on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month - free.
NYC GO - Put your bags down and feel right at home at this, the Big Apple's official site for tourism with a complete vacation and holiday guide including things to do and see, cultural attractions, itineraries, picture gallery, transportation, hotels, maps and neighborhoods.
NY.com - Your Personal Guide to New York City - Excellent insider info to surviving the rough and tumble of city life with safety tips and transit info, museums, restaurants, hotels and shopping, kid-friendly attractions, and what's on right now with listings to events, entertainment and theater.
How Do I Get There? - At-a-glance directions by bus or subway to the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, Bronx Zoo and other top attractions.
Exploring New York City - A mega-directory from Columbia University featuring helpful links to useful info including major online city guides, major newspapers & magazines, neighborhoods, restaurant reviews, transit & subway maps, city history and lots more.
PLAYBILL - This way to front-row news on what's hot (and what's not) on Broadway, with all the latest openings, celebrity buzz, feature stories, online ticket purchase.