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While NYC is undoubtedly renowned as one of the best business and fashion hubs in the world, rest assured that it is also a wonderful family destination, all year long. If you were to ask any parent on their opinion about raising a family in New York City, they all tell you the same thing: everything is bigger, better and bolder in the Big Apple, and that they wouldn’t or couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. In case you’re thinking of surprising your kids by taking them on a trip to New York City, then here are some of the best attractions to include in your itinerary.

1. Bronx Zoo

Spread across 265 acres, the Bronx Zoo is one of the best spots to spend an entire day as a family. If you or your children love animals, then you will be happy to learn that the zoo promises to be a lot of fun, especially since it permits close-ups and loads of hands on experiences. In addition to a plethora of entertaining activities, a visit to the Bronx Zoo can be considered a chance to learn. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the managers also try to educate visitors about the various animals here in an informative and engaging way.

2. American Museum of Natural History

Featuring an impressive number of exhibitions and collections, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is the best place to be if you want to see dinosaur bones or a life-sized model of a blue whale. Incorporating four floors filled with exhibits on every natural history topic you can imagine, a visit to this popular attraction allows you to enjoy the excitement of a zoo, but with the advantage that you’ll get to see all sorts of animals in their own habitats up close. Be warned, it’s impossible to check out all the collections in a single visit; therefore, go to the AMNH’s website for the current exhibitions and create a tour route.

3. Lower East Side Tenement Museum

If you want your children to learn a bit about the history of one of the greatest metropolises in the world, then there’s not better place than the Tenement Museum. With the exception of the ‘Irish Outsider’ and ‘Exploring 97 Orchard Street’ all tours are open for kids ages 8 and up. While the tours allow you to explore a tenement building and learn more about the families that used to call it home, keep in mind that some of them include hands on experiences and present more insight about the lives of New York immigrants. Therefore, do some research and reserve a tour that would suit your family best.

4. Circle Line Semi-Circle Sightseeing Cruise

In all fairness, a boat ride is not the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of family attractions. However, the Circle Line Semi-Circle Sightseeing Cruise is not your ordinary boat ride. In case you want your children to explore Midtown and Lower Manhattan in just two hours, while not having to deal with the bustling New York city-life, and having plenty of space for exploring, this is the cruise for your family. In addition to being short, the cruise also allows you to check out most attractions in Manhattan without having to run from one side of the boat to the other to catch a view of something.

5. Top of the Rock

In case you are planning a relatively short trip to New York City, then the best place to catch a glimpse of most of this magnificent metropolis is the Top of the Rock. Even though it’s not as popular as the iconic Empire State Building, the six-level observatory offers a spectacular view of NYC from Central Park to the Hudson River, and from the Chrysler Building to the Brooklyn Bridge. On a side note, the tickets for the observatory are timed, so remember to buy them in advance.

6. MoMA

In all fairness, a modern art museum would probably be the last thing you would want to explore during a family vacation in the Big Apple. Then again, we guarantee you will be positively impressed with the numerous options and resources at your disposal, which make a museum visit as pleasant as possible for families. While toddlers will surely love to tour the museum from the safety of a stroller or a baby carrier, elementary school children will certainly enjoy one of the many interactive audio tours.

What’s the best way to get around in style?

To make the most out of your family vacation to New York City, you should consider renting a car for driving around town. If you don’t feel like driving and want to spend more time with your spouse and children, then you can even hire a limo to take you to the destinations on your itinerary. Regardless of whether you prefer a limo or a sedan, Eilat Limousine guarantees convenience and reliability.

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