New York with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: October 17, 2016

Manhattan with Kids

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  • Where should families stay in NYC? If you’re close to a subway stop you’ll generally be fine. My favorite locations are Midtown (a large area packed with iconic sights, skyscrapers, and people – try to be within a few blocks east or west of Broadway), SoHo (slightly slower pace than Midtown but still plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes), Greenwich Village and nearby Chelsea (hip with a neighborhood feel and great restaurants).
  • The best luxury hotels for families are the Lowell Hotel and the Le Parker Meridien.
  • The best budget hotels for families are the Travel Inn and Skyline Hotel.
  • The best restaurants for kids are Serendipity (kid-friendly meals and huge delicious desserts), Shake Shack (several in the city, but the outdoor one in Madison Square Park is the most fun), John’s Pizzeria (no slices, but whole pies are awesome at this Greenwich Village institution), Broome Street Bar (good food, desserts, and beer at this friendly SoHo bar that’s been here since 1972), Eataly (loads of great Italian food in a loud kid-friendly environment), and New York Beer Company (good pub grub and draft beer at one of the few restaurants near Times Square that isn’t loaded with tourists).
  • Most hotels will help find a babysitter but if it’s essential contact The Babysitter’s Guild (sitters are licensed and insured).

The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in New York City

1. Lowell Hotel – luxury

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel with Kitchen in New York City
More like a home than a hotel. Generously sized rooms on upper east side – close to Central Park, shopping, and Museum Mile. Suites have kitchenettes or full-size kitchens. Some have terraces and many have working fireplaces. Service is friendly and second to none. Although there is no pool, babysitting services are available and Central Park is just a block away. Phone: 212-838-1400

2. Sofitel New York – luxury

Large family suite at Sofitel Hotel in New York City.
The King Suite has a separate bedroom with a king bed with a sofa bed in the living area. Central location near all the Manhattan subway lines. This is one of the best Midtown hotels.

3. Le Parker Meridien – luxury

Parker Meridien Hotel for Families
Cartoons playing in the elevator will take you to modern, unique, and spacious rooms and suites. Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and Broadway shows all within walking distance. Enclosed rooftop pool has fantastic views. Two kid-friendly restaurants on-site: Burger Joint and Norma’s for breakfast. Phone: 212-245-5000

4. Langham Place Fifth Avenue – luxury

Best luxury kid-friendly hotel with good location.
The Family One Bedroom Residence with King Bed, Sofa Bed, and Kitchen is probably the most luxurious kid-friendly suite in the city. Great location close to Times Square but just far enough away to escape the chaos. Phone: 212-695-4005

5. TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South – moderate

Family friendly hotel near Times Square
The Family Room has 2 queen beds, a sofa bed, and a bunk bed – and sleeps 8. Smaller rooms sleep 4 and 6. It’s a 10 minute walk to the Highline, Empire State Building, and Times Square.

6. Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square – moderate

Hilton DoubleTree Hotel for Families
Kids love the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that await them upon arrival. Parents will love the central location in Times Square, surrounded by Broadway theaters yet still walking distance to Central Park. An all-suite hotel each room has a microwave and mini-fridge and there’s a kid’s menu for room-service. Suites easily fit a family of 5. Phone: 212-719-1600

7. Sohotel – moderate

Family Suite at Sohotel in New York City.
The deluxe family rooms have a twin and 2 full beds and can comfortably sleep 5. Great location in Lower Manhattan. Phone: 212-226-1482

8. Millenium Hilton – moderate

Millenium Hilton for Families
A family-friendly gem in Lower Manhattan. Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, and ferries to the Statue of Liberty are nearby. Subway just out the door. Standard rooms are comfortable and stylish or upgrade to a suite and enjoy extra space with separate sleep and living spaces. Glass-enclosed heated pool is very kid-friendly. Phone: 212-693-2001

9. Skyline Hotel – budget

Skyline Hotel for Families in New York City.
A great budget hotel for families in Midtown Manhattan with $10/day parking (very cheap for NY). Kids will love the heated indoor pool. Rooms are basic but recently renovated and a good size in this price range. Fridges in every room. Phone: 212-586-3400

10. Travel Inn Hotel New York – budget

Travel Inn Hotel in NYC for Families
Large outdoor pool is great in summer. Rooms are simple and clean. Triples and quadruples available. Location on 42nd Street is walking distance to subway and Times Square. Hotel has free wifi and parking. Phone: 212-695-7171

Family Hotels Near Times Square

Family Hotels Near Central Park

  • Hotel Beacon
    Large 1-bedroom suites, kitchenettes, laundry. Upper West Side, close to park and express subway to Times Square.
  • Loews Regency Hotel
    Large 1-bedroom suites with kitchenettes. 3 minutes from Central Park on the Upper East Side. Reopened January, 2013 after $100 million renovation.
  • Affinia Gardens
    Very popular with families. One and two bedroom suites with kitchens. 10 minutes from central park.
  • The Milburn Hotel
    Great budget hotel for families. 1-bedrooms have small kitchenettes.
  • Salisbury Hotel
    Dated but large rooms easily fit a family of 5. One and two bedroom suites. Two minutes to Central Park.
  • AKA Central Park
    1 and 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living and dining areas. 1 minute to Central Park.

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These are all triples, quads, or large family rooms that can sleep 4 or more.

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44 questions and comments

  1. Good Safe Areas with Playgrounds in NYC

    We’ll be in Manhattan for a wedding in October and we’re bringing our 20-month old and a babysitter. We don’t want them venturing too far from where ever we stay? Is there a hotel with an on-site playspace? Or which hotel would you recommend is the closest to a safe and convenient playground? They don’t need anything more than a place to run around since the baby is not even 2.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      For families with young children, the Upper West Side bordered by Riverside Park and Central park is an excellent choice, with many playgrounds and scenic paths for strollers in both parks and good public transportation facilities if you need them. The Excelsior is ½ block from Central Park, as is a New York branch of the La Quinta chain. The Hotel Beacon, midway between the parks, has kitchenettes in every room. If the wedding location makes the East Side more convenient, you could consider the Courtyard New York Marriott near Carl Schurz Park on the East River or the boutique Hotel Wales near Central Park. No hotels have dedicated play spaces, but many do offer cribs and high chairs for families. Ask when you book.

  2. Hotel for Family of 4 / NYC in April

    We are travelling to N Y in April and have 2 children 11 and 14.
    We would like accomodation with 3 beds so each child has their own bed. Where would you recommend?

    What would you recommend to do in April? Will the Baseball have started and if so, where would I buy tickets?

    Thank you

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, baseball season begins in early April. You can get schedules of home games and order tickets at the web sites of the New York Yankees ( or the New York Mets ( If you want better seats than the team has available, check sites like and, where season ticket holders often sell tickets for games they cannot attend. When the teams are playing out of town, both stadiums offer behind-the-scenes tours, with the chance to visit locker rooms and dugouts, see some of the expensive private boxes, and actually go on the field. Early in the month you can also see basketball and hockey in action. Madison Square Garden hosts the Knicks ( and the women’s Liberty ( teams as well as Rangers hockey ( Barclays Arena in Brooklyn is home to Nets basketball ( and Islanders hockey (

      The New York City Ballet begins its spring season and Broadway plays are in full swing in April. Late in the month, the city’s gardens are at their springtime best. Be sure to see the pink crabapple trees and colorful tulips and daffodils in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. The park also has many lovely cherry blossom trees, but the real cherry blossom show is at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where the blooms from some 76 varieties of flowering trees are a glorious sight that inspires a Japanese festival in late April every year. Bring your camera!

      When Easter falls in April (April 16 In 2017), visitors can enjoy the fantastic hats that strollers show off for the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th streets. Even the dogs don bonnets for the occasion. The parade runs from around 10 a.m. to mid-afternoon.

      For hotels with 3 beds try the King Room with Double Connector at the JW Marriott Essex House or the Deluxe Family Room at Soho Hotel.

  3. Hotel for Family of 5 in New York City

    We are thinking about NYC for a 3 day trip. We are a family of 5, my wife, me, her sister, our two daughters, 18 and 9. We have a very limited budget and would like to stay somewhere we could catch the subway in a safe area. We do not want to try to drive in the city. We would like to see Times Square, China Town, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and possibly some other well known sites. We are traveling from southwest, VA. Please help us!

    Chris Sturgell

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Two hotels that might fit your needs with family accommodations that can sleep 5 or 6 people are the Belleclaire, on the Upper West side, convenient to subways, or the Skyline on West 42nd street, a three block walk to Times Square and multiple subways. The motel-like Skyline has an unusual New York amenity, a swimming pool. The Belleclaire offers discounts for stays of 3 nights or more. The alternative is to book two rooms with two beds, one for you and your wife and younger daughter, the other for your older daughter and her aunt. You may find good rates on weekends at hotels in the Wall Street area that cater mostly to weekday business travelers such as Aloft Manhattan Downtown or Doubletree by Hilton. In the Times Square area, Days Inn Broadway is a possibility and the Radisson Martinique or NYMA hotels near Macys and many subways are other budget choices. Hotel rates vary with the seasons. When you know your travel dates, try using discount services such as or Hotelscombined where you specify travel dates and the number of guests and see which hotels are offering buys when you want to visit And remember to add 14.75% NY hotel tax to the rates you are quoted. If you can find a lodging with free continental breakfast, that is a big saving for 5 people.

  4. NYC with 2 Young Children – Hotel and Things To Do

    Hi there,

    Great article, and I love that you are answering specific questions! That said, here are mine:

    Visiting NYC in late May for 3 nights with an active 5 year old boy and 8 month old baby. What hotel would you suggest? $300 usd/night is our budget. My husband and I have been before and stayed in Times Square both times but would like to try a different area. Soho? Chelsea? Tribeca? We love shopping so want to do a bit of that but also want to do something fun our son would enjoy. Suggestions on what to do are also welcome 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      When you are traveling with young children, the Upper West Side has many advantages. You are within walking distance of playgrounds in both Riverside Park and Central Park, and near museums that are great for five-year-olds, including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the American Museum of Natural History with its famous dinosaurs. Both the Hotel Beacon and the budget-friendly Milburn Hotel offer family suites with convenient kitchenettes and free wi-fi. The best shopping in this area is exploring the quintessential New York food emporiums on Broadway like Zabars, Fairway, and Citerella. If you want boutiques or department stores, you’ll have easy access to several bus and subway lines. You can spend a day shopping in midtown, Soho, or Tribeca, and come home to a peaceful neighborhood that is ideal for kids. By the way, when you visit the dinosaurs, don’t forget that there is a Shake Shack nearby at Columbus Avenue and 77th Street. Buses are a slower way to get around town but a lot easier for small ones than dealing with subway stairs and noise. If you are using a stroller, buses will lower a ramp to make boarding easier but it’s still best to avoid crowded rush hours.

  5. Central Hotel with Interconnecting Rooms

    Hi – my sister and I are bringing our father to NYC in September/October for ‘one last trip’ from the UK, whilst he can still get around. We’ll be a mixed family group of 1 grandpa and 2 mums with one child each. We’d like to be central as Dad is 87 and not as nimble as he once was and ideally we’d like to have interconnecting rooms – say a double double with a king, or a 2 bed suite/apartment. Would be very grateful for your recommendation.

    Lucy Macleod

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Three great hotel with interconnected (adjoining) rooms are the DoubleTree Suites – Times Square, Hilton Times Square, and StayBridge Suites. One other idea you might explore is an apartment. has a list of furnished apartments available for short-term stays. As does A variety of neighborhoods will be available so you can decide which is closest to the sights you hope to see. Just be sure you are close to public transportation. For seeing the sights with a minimum of walking, the hop-on, hop off bus may be a good option, especially given your range of ages. It will take you to most of the city’s main sights and leave it to you where you choose to get off and how long you want to stay. That said, it can be hard to get back on the bus and get a seat from a non-Times-Square stop.

  6. New York Hotel with Separate Bedroom

    HI David! Great article! Can you recommend a hotel that has suites (bedroom separate from living area). We have 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 months and 4 years, so somewhere within walking distance of things for that age group to do would also help! Thanks so much in advance!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      With young children, consider staying on the Upper West Side, where you can walk to playgrounds in Riverside Park and Central Park as well as two favorite family museums, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the American Museum of Natural History. Two choices for family suites are the Hotel Beacon and a budget option, the Milburn Hotel. Both include convenient kitchenettes in some units and offer access to good bus service on Broadway. Buses are a little slower way to get around town but a lot easier for small ones than dealing with subway stairs and noise. If you are using a stroller, the buses will lower a ramp to make boarding easier. Just avoid crowded rush hours.

  7. Times Square, Upper West Side, or Upper East Side?

    First time in New York City with kids. They are ages 9 and 11. We have 4 full days and plan to do the main sights: Central Park, a Broadway Show, the Natural History Museum, Times Square, and a few other things. We’ve tentatively decided on something within the triangle north of Times Square.

    A few questions:
    • For a family of 4 would you recommend staying in Times Square, the Upper West Side, or the Upper East Side?
    • If you could only visit one art museum in NYC which one would it be?
    • For theater tickets – is it correct to say we could either book a specific show (our top choice) and pay top dollar OR wait and purchase from TKTS and be limited to what they have that day?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Times Square area offers the greatest choice of hotels, but the Upper West Side has some advantages. It is much less crowded, offers proximity to Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History and easy transportation via bus or subway to Times Square.

      Which one art museum to visit really depends on your interests. The encyclopedic Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s great museums and is a must in the same way that The Louvre is a must in Paris. Sections like the hall of armor and the wall-through Egyptian tomb are of special interest to young visitors. The Met does have modern art collections, especially in its new Met Breuer building, but if your taste runs to modern, you might prefer The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) which is equally renowned in its own special field. Children under age 12 are free at both museums. If you choose the Metropolitan, consider going on Friday or Saturday evening when hours extend to 9 p.m. and the museum is much less crowded.

      One way to save on theater tickets is to join Theatermania, Broadway Box, or Playbill online. These discount ticket services offer good savings on a long list of shows, all but the few sold-out offerings. Joining is free, you pay with a credit card, and pick up your tickets at the box office before the performance. Often you can see a seating chart and choose your seats. You do have to add a service fee if you order online, but the saving is still substantial and you have a wide choice of plays.

  8. Free Stuff in New York City with Kids

    We are a family of five (children 9, 11, 12) staying in the times square area. What are some definite sights we need to go to with our children that is pocket friendly/free 🙂 to make this a memorable vacation? Also what are some good places to eat in that location?
    A. Stud

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      You’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities that are free or reasonably priced in New York.

      The first place you might head is Central Park, the city’s beautiful back yard. Stop for a park map at the information center at Central Park West and 59th Street or The Dairy Information Center at Mid-Park between 64th and 65th Street and get ready for some fun. Climb the stairs up to Belvedere Castle for the view. Stop at Conservatory Water where you can rent a model boat and the kids can take turns with the remote control, moving it around the pond. Sounds like your children may be too old for playgrounds, but they can work off some energy hiking a path through the Ramble, a section of the park that is still deep woods and streams. You’ll never believe you are in the heart of the city. It’s also fun to join the joggers around the park’s reservoir. If you want to splurge a bit, you can rent bikes and pedal around the park’s 843 acres, stretching from 59th to 110th streets.

      New York offers some other unique walks that won’t cost a dime. One adventure not to be missed is the 1.3 mile walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, high above the East River with endless panoramas of the skyscrapers of Wall Street and Lower Manhattan. The photos will be your favorite souvenirs.

      One of the most unusual strolls anywhere is the High Line, an abandoned overhead freight railway transformed to an elevated park running roughly from 15th to 34th streets on the city’s far west side. Along the way are lush plantings, art installations, videos, a place to take off your shoes and wade in an inch-high pool, or to sit back, relax and take it all in.

      You can see some great city landmarks free if you just take a stroll east on 42nd Street. Stop into the awesome New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue, look at the amazing zodiac ceiling inside Grand Central Terminal at Vanderbilt Avenue, visit the Art Deco lobby of the Chrysler Building with a painted ceiling that shows transportation scenes of the late 1920s and admire the sleek headquarters of the United Nation along the East River.
      If you’d rather ride than walk, the free 25-minute Staten Island Ferry ride gives great views of New York Harbor, the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

      On Wednesday, admission is free at the Bronx Zoo, the largest city zoo in America, home to some 4000 animals. Many city museums also have free admission, usually in the late afternoon. Kids often are intrigued by the spiral design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum and it is free from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. You can visit the famous Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) free after 3 p.m. on Friday (note that kids under 18 are free at MOMA anytime).

      If you make a trip to Coney Island, another highly recommended excursion, you can visit the New York Aquarium free on Fridays starting at 3 p.m.

      Any Nintendo fans in the family? Don’t miss a trip to Nintendo World, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, where you can try out all the newest games and visit a mini-museum upstairs displaying every console and character ever created. Admission is free but be prepared to be begged into a purchase.

      As for dining near Times Square, a great choice is Carmines, 200 West 44th Street between 7th and 8th avenues, with big family-style servings of Italian favorites. On that same block, John’s Pizzeria, 260 West 44th, is a New York classic and Shake Shack on the corner at 691 8th Avenue, has great inexpensive burgers—as you might guess from the long lines outside.

      Trattoria Trecolori, 254 West 47th Street, is another very good Italian choice. If you walk along any block in the 40s between 7th and 8th avenues, you’ll find many small restaurants with reasonable menus, often prix fixe pre-theater dinners that are a good deal.

      Right on 42nd Street, Five Guys Burgers at 253 West 42nd Street is a good family bet and though it is a familiar chain, the big Dallas BBQ at 241 West 42nd has something for all tastes and good prices. Remember that restaurants around Times Square are really busy around theater time, so dine before 6 or after 7:30 to avoid crowds.

      For dessert, you might consider a trip across town to Dylan’s Candy Bar at 3rd Avenue and 60th Street, a candyland come to life, with more kinds of candy than you ever knew existed. Each child gets a bag and you pay by the weight, so you can limit the damages. If you want to give the kids a real treat, the gigantic sundaes upstairs come with three scoops and three toppings.

      That should leave ample funds for two only-in-New York sights no family should miss: trips to the Statue of Liberty and the top of the Empire State Building. Have fun!

  9. New York with Kids at Christmas Time

    Hi, we are a family of four with a 6 and just turning 4 year old girls. We will be staying at the Palace and arriving just after Christmas and leaving just before New Years. We don’t know what the crowds will be like so trying to find the best ideas for things to do. Any tips? Also do you recommend taxis or the subway? Thanks. Love your post!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      New York is busy around the holidays so be prepared for long lines at the most popular attractions – especially Christmas or winter related ones. Eg. The skating rink at Rockefeller Center can have insane lineups. Taxis can be better at times and subway can be better at times – it depends where you’re going (e.g. often going east/west can be faster by taxi as there won’t be a direct subway line). The cost for a family of 4 is often not the deciding factor as 4 tickets on the subway will be just as much as a taxi. That said, Uber is way better than a typical taxi so use it when you don’t want to take the subway.

  10. Is Eataly Kid Friendly?

    I’ve heard great things about Eataly and thought that might be a good first exposure for my son to try authentic Italian food. Not too fancy but still good food. Would you agree?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Eataly is great. And I highly recommend it for kids and families. It’s big and loud and has lots of great food and treats. There are 7 sit down restaurants with a variety of table and bar seats. Every restaurant is situated next to the market area that provides its fresh ingredients. The trouble is getting a seat as only Manzo takes reservations. Try off-peak hours like late lunch or early dinner.

  11. Best Pizza in New York

    What area in New York is best for Italian food? (Little Italy I guess, but where?) And what restaurant has the best pizza. We’ll have 2 kids, so can’t be a bar or anything like that.

    Thanks, Walt

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The best Italian restaurants are not in Little Italy (too touristy) but in Greenwich Village.

      For the best pizza go to John’s on Bleecker Street (in Greenwich Village). Brick oven pizza, no slices (just full pies), no reservations, cash only. Just how it should be. Highly recommended.
      Best Pizza for Kids in New York City

  12. Best Playground in Central Park

    We’re staying near Times Square. It looks like Central Park is walking distance. Is this correct? What playground would you recommend for a 5 year old? Is New York Stroller friendly?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Heckscher Playground is near the southwest corner of Central Park and Columbus Circle and is great (one of our kids’ favorites). There are slides, swings, climbing structures, a sand area to play in, and water jets in the summer months. Lots of room to run. It’s definitely walkable from Times Square. Much of New York is stroller-friendly. The problem is crowds in certain areas. Certainly Times Square and neighboring streets can be very hard to get a stroller through at pretty much anytime of the day.

  13. Best Shake Shack for Kids

    We’ve been told by friends that we have to visit Shake Shack. But now I hear the lines are crazy long. Can you recommend the best Shake Shack for kids and avoiding lines? We’re staying at the Doubletree/Hilton Chelsea.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Shake Shack at Madison Square Park is my favorite and not too far from where you’re staying. There are seats and tables spread around an area of the park and it’s a great setting for a outdoor lunch or dinner. Lots of fun. There are lines, of course, this is Shake Shack but at least you’re waiting in a park and not on a busy sidewalk. And FYI, all Shake Shacks have a C-Line where you can get drinks, shakes, beer, and other non-food items. There’s typically no or a very short line, so I like to grab a beer/drink to start off then get in the big line for food. Even if the line is 20+ minutes long if you’re sipping a beer or milkshake it’s not so bad – sort of fun actually. Once you order, the food arrives quickly. And yes, it’s worth the wait. The Theater District Shake Shack on 8th between 43rd and 44th and near Times Square is my second favorite. This one has much more of a big-city vibe. If you can get the seats that face 44th it’s fun to sit, eat, and watch the crowds pass.

      This is the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
      Best Shake Shack in New York with Kids

  14. Kid-Friendly Tour of New York / Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus / Hamilton Musical for Kids

    We are a family of 4 with 2 girls ages 12 and 14. We’ll be in New York City for a long weekend in early October (from Chicago). We are staying at the Soho Grand in a 1 bedroom suite.

    A few questions:

    1) Can you recommend an interesting tour of the city for a family? Open to anything that is a little untypical (e.g. Don’t want Times Square or Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, etc).
    2) Is the Hop On/Hop Off bus worth doing?
    3) Is the Musical Hamilton suitable for kids/teenagers? We are trying to decide whether Hamilton or Matilda is better for the children. Any thoughts? (Any differences with locations of the 2 theaters and which is easier to get to?)
    4) Any good restaurants or low-key bars near the Soho Grand that you can recommend? The girls are old enough now to leave on their own so we thought we might pop out for a drink or two one night but don’t want to go more than a block or 3 away.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      1) Two great kid-friendly tours are the Behind the Scenes Disney on Broadway tour and the Greenwich Village Food & Culture Walking Tour. Both very cool and lots of fun.
      2) Yes. I like it the Hop On/Hop Off tours – especially the north bound tour that goes around Central Park. But don’t “hop off” – just stay on for the whole route. Once you get off it’s hard to get back on. And don’t use it as a form of transportation – not worth the hassle of getting on and finding a seat.
      3) Hamilton is fantastic. One of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. It’s the history of the American Revolution set to rap music. Sounds like it could be corny but it’s fabulously well done. I think kids would love it – and though there are a few sexual references nothing you wouldn’t see in a PG13 movie. If you go to Hamilton, give them (and yourself) a short primer on the main characters of the time: Hamilton, of course, and Washington, Jefferson, John Adams, and King George III. Matilda is fun with lots of energy, but not as good as Hamilton. (The 2 theaters are 2 blocks apart near Times Square so no reason to choose based on location.)
      4) The Soho Grand has a very cool/trendy bar in the lobby area. Good beer and funky music. A block north from the Soho Grand is Lucky Strike – sort of a french bistrot/bar. Delicious food and open late.

  15. Cheap Hotel for Family in New York City

    We are a family of 4 (ages 12 and 13) and coming to New York for a long weekend. We would like to find an inexpensive hotel room with good location, large room, and maybe a pool. Can you suggest where to look for a budget hotel in NYC?

    Also, I’ve heard the best place to buy Broadway theater tickets is the TKTS office on Times Square – is this true? And how does that work?

    We will be in New York in early January, 2016.

    Thanks for your time,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The best way to find cheap hotels in New York is to use – it searches hundreds of websites and finds the best deals. That said, you’ll need to compromise on some of your criteria if you want to find a budget hotel anywhere near New York City. And that most likely will be size or location (or both).

      TKTS is great for getting discounted tickets but it’s not so good at going to see a particular play. And that makes it hard to do with kids. Adults who just want to see a show (any show) can walk up and get good deals on a variety of shows (though usually not the most popular ones). But for families, already restricted by the limited number of kid-friendly shows, it’s harder to make it work. If seeing a show is important to you I would book directly with the theater for a specific kid-friendly performance.

  16. Hotel near Playground and Subway

    We have a very active 7 year old child and need a kid-friendly hotel near a good Manhattan playground. Not picky about neighborhood – any safe, reasonably central area with a subway station will do. But if it were a cool neighborhood then that’s even better. Budget not a concern. Thanks, Jay.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Tribeca is a great neighborhood for kids and Washington Market Park has 2 good playgrounds. Just down the street is the wonderful Smyth Hotel. The subway is steps from the hotel’s front door. Of course, any hotel close to Central Park (recommended hotels above) will be spoiled for playground choices.

  17. Hotel for Family of 5 in NYC

    Hi, lived in NYC over a decade ago but for the 4th of July we are visitng NYC with the youngins’ ages 8 years, 5 years, and almost 2 year old. I am torn between staying in Time Square Double Tree or Le Parker. Any advice? We are staying for 2 full days and want to do the main sites, i.e. Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park Zoo and MOMA and of course squeeze in kids activities (American Girl for tea with my 5 year old while the boys relax at the hotel). We really want to try to have moments to enjoy our hotel. Other hotel recommendation is ok too. Thanks in advance! Btw we are from Hawaii and we want our kids to have a memorable time in NYC without the stress of doing TOO much.
    Le Parker $350/night
    Double Tree Time Square $450

    M Bond

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would go with the Doubletree owing to it’s location near Times Square – which we always tend to spend a lot of time at for a variety of reasons (e.g. buying theater tickets or getting on the Hop On/Hop Off buses). Both are good hotels though.

  18. New York with Teenagers

    Thank you so much for this!!!! We’ve been to New York before but with only our eldest son. This summer we have our two teenage boys and my mother!! Anyways Thanks again, this article was a tremendous help!

    Mariana Jeffrey

  19. Family of 4 in New York City

    We are arriving from Washington DC by train in early July. We will have just spent a week in DC exploring the museums and intend to spend our 2 days in New York enjoying the lighter side of things. I wouldn’t rule out a museum visit but with 2 kids aged 10 and 11 what area of New York would you stay in? What would be the best things to do with kids (remembering that we only have 2 days). What’s the best way to get around New York with kids? Is the bike share easy for kids to use? How do we buy tickets for Broadway shows? Are there many kid-friendly shows? And finally, what’s the easiest way to get to Newark Airport for a family of 4?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I’d stay somewhere close to Times Square or a little north towards Central Park – good location for shopping, catching shows, buying tickets for shows, and hopping on the tour buses. If you do visit one museum make it the Natural History Museum. Otherwise the hop-on/hop-off tour buses that leave from stops around Times Square (one goes north, one south to the financial district, and one into Brooklyn) are great. One of the buses stops right at the Brooklyn Bridge and you can walk across to Brooklyn and catch a different bus (or subway) back. The Highline is also a fun walk for kids and adults. Central Park itself offers lots to do: good playgrounds and water play areas. Renting bikes is fun (and there are rental shops in and around Central Park) but the Citi bikeshare program is for people 16 and over. To buy tickets for Broadway shows visit the TKTS booth in Times Square for discount tickets 1 to 4 hours before show times. They’ll be able to tell you what shows are good for kids. The best way to the airport for a family of 4 is a taxi.

  20. Best Dessert Place for Kids in New York

    We’ll be in New York for the weekend in early July 2015 and are planning our days as we don’t have much time and want to make the most of it. We’ve heard a lot about great desserts places with fun treats – if we can only visit one shop or restaurant which one would you go to?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Serendipity on the upper east side (not far from Central Park). Be prepared for a one hour wait. They take reservations for lunch and dinner but not just for dessert. Desserts are amazing. If the wait’s too long nearby Dylan’s Candy Bar has 3 floors of treats and desserts – though it’s not as good as Serendipity which is more of a sit-down indulgence.

  21. Staying Close to Central Park or Times Square

    We’re trying to figure out what area of New York for our family to stay in. Would you recommend staying close to Central Park or Times Square?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Staying close to Central Park is great but not necessary. Being closer to Times Square is handy for buying show tickets, going to shows, hopping on the tourist buses, and it’s just a bit more central than Central Park. Both are good locations though. If you’re staying longer than 2 or 3 nights then I would stay away from Times Square (Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Soho, Tribeca), but if it’s a short stay then being within a few blocks of Times Square is usually the best use of time.

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