While every day in New York City felt like a new adventure for our family, there were a few go to spots that we seemed to find ourselves returning to regularly. Here are some of those:
Prospect Park - just across the street from our Brownstone was this 500 acre park that included several playgrounds, fields, walking paths, a zoo, carousel, ice skating rink, a lake and ongoing activities throughout the year. While we lived in a tiny apartment, we felt like we had unlimited space as we were adventuring into this incredible park several times every week!
Brooklyn Bridge Park - just next to the Brooklyn Bridge this park was a favorite for our family. With a couple of great playgrounds for the kids and an incredible view of Manhattan from across the East River, we loved spending time at this beautiful and creative park. They have some great eateries in and around the park as well.
Times Square - most locals avoid Times Square, but we often felt drawn to this magical place! The energy of the lights and the diversity of the tourists was always fun for our family to take in. There’s not a place like Times Square on earth and we felt so blessed to be able to be a short train ride away anytime we wanted to drop by.
Coney Island - also not a local favorite, but became a favorite of ours. We loved grabbing a Nathan’s hotdog and the girls loved riding the rides in the park. On nice days the boardwalk had a great view of the water and we even enjoyed one of their fireworks shows one Friday night. We loved being a short train ride away from Coney Island and will definitely go back on our visits back to the city.
Chelsea Market - on our first time to visit New York and stay in an AirBnB we ended up right next to Chelsea Market and fell in love with this area. Between the great food and shops in Chelsea Market and walking the High Line, this will continue to be a go to spot for our family!
Central Park - couldn’t spend enough time here!
Jones Beach - loved this beach right outside the city!
Madison Square Garden - best events in the city are always held here!
Bryant Park - always something going on in this park!