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Q | I am traveling to NYC with my seven-year-old son and husband. What is safe to see in New York with kids and what do I need to avoid?

I am traveling to NYC with my 7 year old son and husband. We are pretty naive about New York, so what is safe to see and what do I need to avoid? -Lisa, OK

A | New York City with kids – safe and fun for all ages

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New York City is a great destination for all families and after the “clean-up” campaigns of Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, is very safe, especially if you keep to tourist-friendly attractions in Manhattan. For a seven-year-old boy, I’d recommend starting your vacation to the Big Apple with a hop-on/hop-off, double decker tour bus with City Sights. You’ll see everything from the Empire State Building to Chinatown to the Statue of Liberty. Three other kid-friendly activities in Manhattan are the American Museum of Natural History, a visit to the USS Intrepid, and the Egyptian section (and perhaps the Arms & Armor section) of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If your son is into animals, consider the Central Park Zoo rather than a more complicated trip to the much larger Bronx Zoo. Sports fans can attend games at Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, or Yankee Stadium (all easily reached with public transportation).

As for public transportation, the New York subway system is easy to navigate and sometimes the quickest route to a destination. It’s great for people-watching and contrary to several stereotypes, New Yorkers are always willing to help out a newcomer to their city. As a word of advice, remember to be aware of your surroundings, keep your purse zippered shut and tight to your body, and if you “see something, say something.”

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