Fun for the Whole Family This Holiday Season
At USA Guided Tours, we take pride in the fact that our NYC bus tours are fun for people of all ages. Satisfied customers whose reviews made our guided daytime “Discover NY” bus tour the #1 experience in the nation on TripAdvisor love that we’re a great family outing. Alana B. says it all: “I had my 78-year old mother with me as well as teenagers and there was something for everyone,” while one of our Australian clients loved how it was easy to get around with younger kids.
Since November is the month when families come together to give thanks, we’re going to take a look at some things to do in New York City that are particularly family-friendly.
Who doesn’t love a parade? If you’re not in NYC over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, you have a great alternative at the beginning of the month: the New York City Marathon. Now in its 48th year, the race passes through all five boroughs, starting in Staten Island and finishing in Central Park — close to our stops at the Dakota Building and Strawberry Fields on our daytime tour.
It’s a colorful and joyful along the race route, with up to a million spectators on hand to cheer for the participants. Kids will love not only the fun costumes many of the 50,000 sport but the festive street music and food at many corners. There’s even a DJ-set and Jumbotron at Mile 16. Maybe someone in your family will catching the running bug!
The marathon is a great warmup for the most iconic parade of them all: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Arrive super early to get a good viewing spot and bring lots of layers to be ready for all kinds of weather. If the 3-million strong crowd is a little too overwhelming for the little ones, consider watching the balloon inflations the day before instead, which takes place from 1-8PM in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History.
In fact, the museum itself is a wonderland for kids and grownups alike, with amazingly life-like dioramas of animals (like the beloved true-to-size blue whale that hangs above the Hall of Ocean Life), dino bones and ancient fossils, and a fantastic planetarium show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Here’s an ideal family day out: visit the museum in the morning, grab some Shake Shack burgers and milkshakes around the corner for lunch, and then watch the balloons spring to life.
Finally, don’t forget the eternal spectacle of Broadway. If you can’t get tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, consider taking your teens to see the real Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, in the critically-acclaimed comedy Lifespan of a Fact. Psst — if you wait outside the exit door after the play, Daniel is great about signing programs and chatting to fans! For younger kids, there’s must-sees from Disney, including Frozen and The Lion King.
So let us at USA Guided Tours NYC bus tours take the stress of planning travel itineraries off your hands by showing you the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks in a jam-packed, fun-filled day. Your family will thank you for it, and you’ll be grateful, too!
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor