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New York Adventure
With so many kid-friendly adventures, NYC is fast becoming
a popular destination for family holidays.
photographed by ian macpherson & hallie burton
text by jenny lacey
Head straight for one of the world’s largest city playgrounds and rent a rowboat at The Loeb Boathouse. It’s ideally located within Central Park, making it the perfect place from which to launch another adventure. Central Park, at the eastern edge, Between 74th and 75th Streets. Phone: 212 517 2233.
The Bronx Zoo
Junior explorers will love to spend an entire day at The Bronx Zoo. Meet one-of-a-kind wildlife and wander through enchanting rainforests and Far East woodlands. Make sure you ride the Bug Carousel before you leave. This zoo is one of the best! Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway. Phone: 718 220 5100.
Grand Central Terminal
If you’ve got a train enthusiast in tow, a walk through Grand Central Terminal will be sure to impress. Take a stroll to the Lower Level and prepare yourselves for a phonic treat in the Whispering Gallery. 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
Empire State Building
Take a high-speed elevator to the top and enjoy an amazing view your kids will never forget. The 86th Floor Observatory has a glass-enclosed area if you’re visiting during the winter time or just plain don’t enjoy heights! This excursion will include a long wait in line, so be prepared. 350 Fifth Ave, at 5th Avenue and E. 34th St. Phone: 212 736 3100.
This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up some of the city’s best American classics: burgers, hot dogs, cheese fries and their famous Frozen Custard, a mix of soft serve and premium ice cream. There’s a great playground at the park’s north end where you can sit and enjoy your dessert while the kids play. Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street. Phone: 212 889 6600.
The whole family can enjoy a superb, New York style meal at this popular and relaxed West Village brasserie. 105 W 13th Street. Phone: 212 255 4746.
Jean Polsky’s must-go-to children’s boutique carries a great selection of high-end kids’ fashion as well as unique gifts for infants and toddlers. 493 Sixth Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets. Phone: 212 255 3553.
You’ll stumble across a bounty of splendid, imported European playthings at Enchanted Toys, a not-for-profit boutique on the Upper East Side. Pop in and you’ll find Cottage-industry dolls, wooden swords, elaborate costumes and crafting supplies. 1179 Lexington Avenue, between 80th and 81st. Phone: 212 288 3383.
John Derian Company Inc
Amongst table linens, antiques, stationery and Derian’s own decoupage pieces, you’ll find Bandicoot-Lapin’s exquisite collection of French children’s costumes. Put this fun-to-browse, upscale Manhattan boutique on your list. 6 E.2nd Street. Phone: 212 677 3917.
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