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10 Things I Can’t Wait to Do with My Daughters in NYC

I grew up on Long Island but when I was 10, my parents separated and my dad moved to New York City.

Putting aside the difficulties of watching your parents split, their eventual divorce meant my sister and I got to spend every other weekend taking in the sights of one of the best cities on earth.

I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t spend most of our time at Pizzeria Uno and the Cabbage Patch Kid hospital, but we also got to play New York City tourists on a fairly regular basis.

Now that I am raising a family in Manhattan and bringing one more little girl into the mix this November, I find myself thinking about taking them to all those familiar sights I loved myself as a little girl.

Below are the top 10 things that I can’t wait to do with my daughters in New York City. Perfect for both NYC residents and families just visiting.

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  • Top of the Empire State Building 1 of 10
    Top of the Empire State Building
    Seeing a city from it's highest point is one of the most exciting things for anybody, let alone a child.
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  • See a Broadway Show 2 of 10
    See a Broadway Show
    Both my parents were really into theater and going to Broadway shows was a huge part of my childhood. I"m hoping Peter Pan is still running when my daughters are old enough to see it. That's one of the few I missed growing up.
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  • Ice Skate in Rockefeller Center 3 of 10
    Ice Skate in Rockefeller Center
    There are few things more magical than ice skating in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Especially during Christmas next to the biggest tree in Manhattan.
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  • Eat in Chinatown on Christmas Eve 4 of 10
    Eat in Chinatown on Christmas Eve
    This is a tradition I share with many Jewish families. One that I've continued from childhood to adulthood.
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  • Climb the Statue of Liberty 5 of 10
    Climb the Statue of Liberty
    In addition to walking up the stairs to the top (no cheating with the elevator!), I want to take my daughters to Ellis Island so they can see Grandma's name on the wall.
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  • Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 6 of 10
    Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
    I imagine a day of shopping at Bloomingdales topped off with the dessert that made Serendipity famous.
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  • Big Apple Circus 7 of 10
    Big Apple Circus
    I have many memories of going to the circus when I was little and the Big Apple is one of the best.
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  • Central Park 8 of 10
    Central Park
    From the Central Park Zoo to sailing model boats at Conservatory Water, there are plenty of things to do with kids at NYC's largest park. But nothing feels more magical to a little girl in NY than a horse drawn carriage ride.
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  • Afternoon Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup 9 of 10
    Afternoon Tea at Alice's Tea Cup
    The Plaza used to be the place to go for afternoon tea but that torch has been passed to the whimsical Alice's Tea Cup. It's the perfect way to let your daughter feel like a grown up for the day.
    Image source: Alice's Tea Cup
  • Wonder Wheel at Coney Island 10 of 10
    Wonder Wheel at Coney Island
    Coney Island is packed with activities like the boardwalk, the beach and the people watching. But the two biggest attractions are the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel. My daughter can ride the Cyclone with her dad.
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