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The Best Family Things to Do in NYC

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The list of things to do in New York City is endless. Not almost or practically, but literally endless. Whether you’re visiting for a couple of days, a full week or even longer, it’s impossible to exhaust our city’s range of activities.

While this is true for all travelers, it’s especially so for families. Whether it’s parents and the kids, a larger stepfamily, or the grandparents are coming too, the Big Apple has something for everyone.

From unforgettable VIP Broadway experiences to VIP passes for sporting events in New York, Your VIP Pass elevates trips to NYC to the next level.

We are experts in New York City art and culture and our team loves helping families create memories that last forever. Read on to find our recommendations for the best family things to do in NYC. 

If you want more information about ticketed events or you want to ask our specialists any questions, please get in touch.

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Walk Around and Enjoy Central Park at Your Own Pace

There are plenty of overrated attractions in New York, but Central Park isn’t one of them — provided you avoid the horse-drawn carriages! As America’s first, and most-visited, public park, no trip to NYC feels complete without time spent in Central Park.

There’s the obvious benefit of providing some relief from the bustling city. Look, we love New York, but even we admit that the crowds of people, honking cars and overflowing energy can become overwhelming at times, especially for kids. 

That’s why escaping into Central Park is the perfect reset button in the middle of your itinerary.

And escaping is easy here! If you didn’t already know, Central Park is huge! 

Within its limits you can find a zoo, castle, boathouse, conservatory garden, multiple playgrounds and, of course, just plenty of open space to let the kids run wild.

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Watch a Family-Friendly Broadway Show

Taking in a Broadway show must be toward the top of any list of the best family things to do in NYC. After all, when you visit a cultural capital like New York City, you want to be entertained, right?

And the best part is, Broadway is packed full of shows that everyone in the family will enjoy. 

Younger children love the Lion King, Frozen and Aladdin, while Hamilton, Wicked and Mean Girls entertain teenagers more.

The exclusive Broadway Insider Packages in NYC we offer go far beyond providing tickets to your chosen show. As your VIP insider, we offer the best seats available and a three-course dinner at a popular restaurant within walking distance of your theater.

But we don’t stop there! We also arrange for two starring cast members of your show to join your family at dinner!

Conversation, backstage stories, personal career anecdotes, autographs, and photos — family Broadway experiences don’t get any better or more exclusive than this!

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Take a Step Back in Time at the American Museum of Natural History

It’s no surprise that visitors from around the world flock to this beloved museum on the Upper West Side. Put simply, the American Museum of Natural History engages everyone who enters. It will fascinate the youngest in your family, and the adults can fill in a few knowledge gaps too!

Of course, the iconic T-Rex skeleton and blue whale model will leave their lasting impressions. But there’s so much more to this massive museum.

The Hall of Biodiversity offers unparalleled learning about species, while The Discovery Room lets children pull out drawers of specimens, piece together a dinosaur skeleton, and use a digital seismograph to track earthquakes. 

With engaging 3D experiences, tech-driven exhibits and much more, you can easily spend an entire day exploring here.

And if your kids are fans of the movie Night at the Museum, walking the halls and corridors has the added excitement of being on a film set.

If you need to fuel up before your visit, there are plenty of hidden places for brunch in NYC that your family might love.

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Join the Action and Watch One of New York’s World-Famous Sports Teams

If your family has little sports fanatics, or big ones, add some of New York City’s amazing sporting venues to your itinerary. For the sports-obsessed, this really is one of the best things for families to do in NYC.

For fans of Major League Baseball, you can watch the legendary New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Or why not head to Citi Field in Queens to catch a New York Mets game?

If the NBA is more to your taste, there’s no better combination than the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. But if that’s not possible while you’re here, the Brooklyn Nets play their home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Football fans, we haven’t forgotten you! New York City is home to the Giants and the Jets. While technically in New Jersey, the incredible MetLife Stadium is only a short drive over the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Seeing world-class athletes up close and in the flesh is an unforgettable experience, and one that has brought families together for decades.

For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, go one step further with our sports VIP passes for NYC events. We can provide you with tickets to the hottest sporting events in town, like NBA games, the US open, and The Super Bowl.

Use Our Insight and Expertise to Take Your Family Trip to NYC to the Next Level

This list barely scratches the surface of the best family things to do in NYC. But with tailored solutions from Your VIP Pass, you won’t miss out on anything.

We’re experts at keeping kids happy and entertained because we not only help families forge memorable moments, but also regularly create student group programs and activities in NYC.

With our signature experiences and iconic events, Your VIP Pass is your contact for unlocking the best New York has to offer. Contact us for more information about our range of packages or to ask any questions.