Central Park, the perfect urban playground for kids

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This is the fourth post in a five post series about Taking the Kids to New York City.

There is SO much to do and see in New York City. It can be a bit overwhelming. But the best part about New York is that to escape the city you actually don’t even have to leave the city. The perfect getaway is actually right in the smack dab in the middle, Central Park.

This is actually the place where my kids might have actually had the most fun doing what kids do best, run freely. I went to Central park thinking we would just walk for maybe 30 minutes and then they would want to leave. I totally underestimated my kids and Central Park. They were so happy to just walk, climb, run and explore the park. It’s amazing how the one thing on our itinerary that didn’t require much thought or planning at all, was one of the best things we did.

I have to say, this is a lesson that I keep having to re-learn and be reminded of.  Sometimes as Moms, we tend to think the more we do the better, when really it’s the less we do the better.

Family Travel Tips:

  • If you are in New York in the summer months, go early in the morning or early evenings when it is cooler. We went at 11:00 and it was very hot.
  • Prepare to spend the day. Pack a backpack that is filled with water, snacks or even lunch. I saw many people having picnic and I regretted not doing the same. But…
  • Thanks to Good to Go Organics you can get healthy food in Central Park. They have reinvented the hot dog cart by providing organic hot dogs, veggie dogs and turkey dogs. These carts also sell wraps, salads and a variety of healthy options 🙂
  • Wear tennis shoes, you’ll be walking a lot, and you might even have to rescue one of your kids from a mountain of rocks that they climbed up and couldn’t figure out how to get down.  #justsayin
  • Do not get scammed by the pedi-cabs.  If you do take a pedi-cab negotiate, negotiate and negotiate.
  • Central Park opens at 6am and closes at 1am 365 days a year.
  • There are 21 playgrounds scattered throughout the entire park.  Your kids will have no problem getting all worn out.
  • You can rent a boat or a bike from the Central park Boat House Boats are just $12.50 an hour and available April – November. Bikes are $9 – $15 an hour for adults and they have kids bikes for $6 an hour.
  • Charge your phone before you go. I have limited pictures because my phone wasn’t charged. 🙁

Moms, what lessons have you learned while traveling with kids?

Have you been to Central Park with kids?  Got a travel tip?

Check out more New York travel posts!
Post 1:  Taking the Kids to New York City
Post 2:  Taking the kids to see the Statue of Liberty
Post 3:  TIMES Square with Kids:  The good, the bad and the ugly

Check back next week – for the final post in this travel series and a $250 Residence Inn gift card Giveaway!

Disclosure:  This is a 5 part series sponsored by Residence Inn, I am a Resident Mom.  All of my thoughts and opinions are my very own I share this with you to help you with family travel plans to New York City.

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