Our 4-Day New York City Itinerary

Making the most of our family getaway with our 4-day New York City Itinerary.

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.
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This summer, we were lucky enough to enjoy 2 separate vacations in NYC. Our second time was driven by the fact that I was attending the BlogHer18 conference – so we made a family trip out of it.

When it comes to spending time in NYC, we find that 4 days and 3 nights is the perfect amount of time before we’re a) all exhausted b) completely shopped-out c) ready to head home and relax after days of walking, sightseeing, and secretly pretending (hoping) to be local New Yorkers. Hey, can you blame us?!

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

A trip to NYC can totally be family-friendly. Here’s what our typical New York City itinerary looks like:

How to Spend a Family Vacation in the Big Apple: Our 4-Day New York City Itinerary

I don’t want to bore you with a play-by-play on how we typically spend each specific day. In fact, when we’re headed to the big city, we have a general idea of what we’d like to see and where we want to go. We try not to stick to a rigorous schedule, unless we have specific dinner reservations or tickets to a show. Life with a toddler can be spontaneous and that’s how Joe and I like to travel… even pre-parenthood!

Instead, here are some things we find ourselves doing every time we go to NYC:

Shopping on 5th

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

The hustle and bustle of New York’s city life is one to admire. Sure, we live in Montreal where there seems to be a lot of action, but there’s something so lively and charming about the Big Apple.

To kick things off, we usually head to 5th Avenue (mainly from 48th street, working our way up to the Upper East Side), and enjoy some shopping and indulging.

Visiting Friends & Family

I’m lucky enough to have a handful of cousins and a high school friend that live in the city. Despite a short trip (4 days in the city isn’t too long!), we try and take the time to visit them. (Psst: For this trip, my high school buddy whisked me away for a girls night – dinner and a Broadway show, Waitress. Sweet!)

Eat: China Town & Little Italy

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

Here’s where dinner gets interesting: normally, we hail a cab from our hotel (hint: larger cabs are best with little ones. The trunkspace is so big that you can fit an umbrella stroller without having to fold it. This is the one we use.) and head to either China Town and/or Little Italy for some grub.

Our personal favourite is Lombardi’s, New York’s very first pizzeria.

But if you want to hear about a total win: one time in China Town, we spent $21 for a complete dim sum meal for two. Score!

Central Park

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

City life is nice but sometimes, you just want an excuse to walk around and be surrounded by trees and greenery. Now that we’ve got a kiddo, we find ourselves spending lots of time in Central Park.

Times Square

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

We don’t spend a huge amount of time in Times Square but we make it a point to just walk through. The crowds can get really overwhelming but it’s nice to see the lights and buildings both during the day and at night.

Finding the Right Place to Stay

New York City has hundreds of hotels but there’s one we go back to: every. single. time. In fact, prior to meeting Joe, my best friends and I would go to New York in the springtime and stay at the Lotte New York Palace.

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

Looks like some things never change.

Now that I’m a mama, I want to be able to stay somewhere beautiful, conveniently located, and family-friendly. Staying at the Palace is just as fun with girlfriends as it is with your family.

How to spend 4 days in New York City - here's our family's New York City itinerary.

If you had four days in New York, what would you do? What would your New York City itinerary look like?

Comments

  1. Sounds like you did a lot. I was just there on Saturday actually. We drove in for a couple of shows and left that night 🙂

  2. I have not been back to NYC in SO long! That city has SO many awesome things going on all at the same time! I would love to do a few of the things that you have done here! I can’t wait to go back!

  3. I love your New York itinerary. New York is one of my favorite cities to visit. So much to see and do. I would love to add Central Park to my itinerary for the next time that I visit.

  4. So much fun! I miss being only a few hours from the city. Now that we live in FL the kids keep asking when we’re going back to NYC but they don’t get it’s a lot harder to plan and budget for now lol.

  5. It’s been so long since we last went to NYC! I definitely miss going there and it’s nice that you shared your itinerary with us! It a laid back and fun vacation for you guys! I love it!

  6. I have been working on sending my wife there for a few days. Looks like you guys got a to. Of stuff done I. The four days you were there. Endless possibilities

  7. I just pinned this because we really want to go to New York City with our family soon!! It looks like your little one had fun too- we have two toddlers, is it possible to take toddlers and still have fun and not be overwhelmed? haha…but seriously…

  8. Great Blog Lisa. Grampy Greg and I are considering a New York City gateway in the near future. Thanks for the hints.

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