Bringing the family to New York City might just sound like cha-ching from your wallet at record speeds. Not necessarily true. Families, savvy travelers and everyone in between can enjoy New York’s wide variety of neighborhoods on a dime.
In the City That Never Sleeps, there are more options and locales than your family will have time to explore — this is actually a great budget-friendly tool you can use to your advantage. With so many options competing for your time and attention, families can shop around for the best price and best location near enough of the action to cut down on travel time, but without all the madness of Times Square — if this sounds like your family’s speed, head to SoHo for a high-brow locale on a low-brow budget.
The SoHo district of Manhattan covers the Lower Manhattan region, famous for its shopping, fun nightlife and Greenwich Village beatnik scene. Now, you can stroll the city streets enjoying the neighborhood’s iconic architecture with the Brooklyn Bridge in the near distance, window shop along quirky boutiques, sip cocktails with adult children and dine at an eclectic mix of cultural fare — all on the cheap.
Take yourself on a free tour of the city by foot, exploring Chinatown, Little Italy and all the scenic attractions along the way. This is an easy pleasure for kids of all ages and, if you’re into architecture, there’s a whole list of buildings you should swing by if you’re walking by the area, including the Ghost apartment from the 1990 film of the same name.
If you’re feeling peckish, stop in Dominique Ansel NY for sweets and a coffee, or, if you’re lucky, grab a world-famous cronut in its original home — it’s a hot commodity and famously drew hordes to the neighborhood when it was first invented.
For something with a little more substance, check out the menus lined under the arches in Little Italy. The street may be small, but it is literally packed with places to eat, so shop around for the best price. Some restaurant staff will linger outside the restaurants and try to lure your family in (it’s a thing, just go with it), but stay focused on the prize — a fantastic homemade meal for a reasonable price.
For something more grab-and-go or more bang-for-your-buck, Chinatown is also covered in stalls to check out, many reasonably priced.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through the U.S. Virgin Islands with us.
What can three generations of a family expect when they rent a houseboat 72 feet long and 7 feet wide for a week of family travel exploring the British canals? They are sure to have a lot of fun, enjoy new experiences and create a family vacation they will talk about for years.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.