First Time in New York City for Kids


FAO Schwarz, Times Square, Central Park, Downtown and More!

This was our first time in New York City for Kids, and we took a quick weekend tour. It was the first time our kids were going to the city and they were very excited. We were lucky to be able to stay at a relative’s apartment and save hundreds on two nights of lodging. Although short, the trip was a huge success !

Day 1 – First Time in New York City for Kids

Times Square M&M Store

Our base was near the upper east side so we started day one by walking to Central Park. The kids loved the zoo. You can walk through sections of it and see the seal exhibit for free. We also saw the horse and buggy carriages and many funny street entertainers dressed as the Statue of Liberty.

From Central Park, we walked south down 5th Ave and visited the famous FAO Schwarz toy store (now located in Rockefeller Center), Tiffanys, Trump Tower and St Patricks Cathedral. Then we hit what the kids had been looking forward to for weeks…M & M World! They have a wall of M & M’s and many fun characters and products.

Coming down from the “chocolate high”, we continued to Times Square and went to another big favorite…Toy R Us (now closed). This Toys R Us has a huge ferris wheel inside the store as well as a big doll house and dinosaur area.

To wrap up this day, we visited Ripleys Believe it or Not. They have numerous exhibits showcasing odd and unusual items such as the worlds tallest man, the hair from JFK, folks with 3 legs…and more.

Day 2 – First Time in New York City for Kids

First Time in New York City for Kids

On our 2nd day, we visited the Ground Zero Site (now the 9-11 Memorial and 9-11 Museum). This was an emotional experience. They are in the process of building new towers and it’s a very impressive area to visit.

Our final activity was taking a ferry over to see the Statue of Liberty. Although it was a very hot day, we enjoyed the short boat ride and my wife and I really enjoyed seeing the Statue. It’s a very powerful message and possibly my favorite part of our visit.

We loved our quick trip to NYC and hope you enjoyed our brief summary.

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