Making the most of our family getaway with our 4-day New York City Itinerary.
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?!
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you had four days in New York, what would you do? What would your New York City itinerary look like?