Family Travel Question:

Q | Do have any tips on how to plan for a trip to Boston and New York?

We are planning a trip to Boston in August and taking a train to New York. We have about a week total to spend between the two cities. Do you have any suggestions on how to plan this? -Tricia, KS

A | Plan on a great time in Boston and NYC

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statue-of-libertyWe just got back from a very similar trip, in which we flew to New York City, then took the train to Boston. Planning for travel in large, busy cities with kids can seem daunting, but I can say with certainty that these cities are family friendly and have much to offer kids, and the experience is so rewarding! In New York City, we found it important to have an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. We stayed at the very relaxing (and kid-friendly Affinia 50, a boutique hotel in midtown, where we really enjoyed having lots of room as well as a ‘club room’ for guests’ use. We had a full kitchen (with a grocery store nearby) and enough space for our group of six (kind of unheard of in Manhattan!). We also spent plenty of time in the sanctuary of Central Park.

In Boston, plan to stay in a location centralized for what you most want to do. We choose to stay near the harbor to be within a stone’s throw of the Freedom Trail, Aquarium, and Children’s Museum. Right across the street from the famed Quincy Market, Marriott’s Custom House was an amazing place to spend three days; a historical building, it’s also one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.

In both cities, plan to do a lot of walking, and take advantage of public transportation, which in Boston is very user-friendly. For us, the key to navigating the NYC subway system was to jump in with both feet, ask locals, and then ask again! Depending on how many you have in your party, the subway and T are faster and cheaper ways to get around both cities!

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