Day Two: Be a Tourist

Whether you’ve lived in the city your entire life or it’s your first time taking a bite of the Big Apple, there’s never a lack of fun activities on this vibrant island. We suggest breaking out those cameras and hitting the pavement for a day of tourist fun. While we know there’s an extraordinary amount of things to do around Manhattan, we’ve tried to narrow down the list and dish up our favorites. Share the New York love in the comment section below and let us know if we missed your favorite place to play as a tourist.


Grab a few muffins from Magnolia Bakery before admiring the art deco architecture of Rockefeller Center–preferably from the 70-story view at the Top of the Rock. Believe us, the view is totally worth it!


Head downtown to the Chelsea Market–New York’s answer to Pike Place–to feast on hearty sandwiches at Amy’s Bread and decadent brownies at Fat Witch Bakery while people-watching in this vast, labyrinthine shopping mecca.

Then, take in the sun and the skyline along the nearby High Line, which you can follow uptown to Chelsea Piers, a sprawling sports complex that features bowling and batting cages for the kids as well as a full-service spa and driving range for adults.


Have a drink and an app or two at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse on the balcony overlooking Grand Central Terminal, a safe perch from which you can watch the thrilling madness of rush hour unfold beneath the landmark’s muraled ceiling. If you’re looking for a quicker dining option, head down to the lower level in Grand Central station where a bevy of grab-and-go options await (perfect in our opinion, for impatient little eaters).

While you’re down there, take your kiddos to the whispering arch, a secret acoustic wonder. As the commuters whiz by, stand on opposite sides facing the wall and whisper. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to hear!

Stay for dinner or, once traffic dies down, hop across the street to Pershing Square, a bustling bistro that offers a special kids menu.