New York with Teens

Entertaining a six-year-old in New York City isn’t hard to do. There is the giant Toys R’Us at Times Square, the Central Park Zoo, and an ice cream vendor on almost every corner.

However, trying to plan a trip that will satisfy the unique desires of a 16-year-old takes patience and creativity. No parent wants to drag a bored teen around one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

Fear not. Several users on Fodor’s Travel Talk have ventured to the Big Apple and have written trip reports that reveal what worked and what didn’t. While browsing these triumphant threads, we noticed that there were several experiences mentioned over and over:

Best Bets for Shopping:
Pearl River
Apple Store
H & M
Century 21
Urban Outfitters
Macy’s
Filene’s Basement


Best Broadway Plays:

Wicked
Blue Man Group
Hairspray

Best “Touristy-but-they-will-like-it-anyway” Attractions:
Ellis Island
Museum of Television and Radio
Yankee Stadium
Grand Central Terminal
Pizza at Grimaldi’s followed by a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Museum of Natural History
MOMA

Under the Radar:
Space Films at the Natural History Museum
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (photo,top)

Here are some threads that include these and other helpful suggestions:

Thank You NYC! Our trip report
Xmas for Teenagers in New York
NYC with Teen
NYC: Where to shop for “cool” boy’s clothing