Chicago, New York, Boston or Washington DC
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2013 12:14 PM Last Post By: cmci
Aug 30, 2013 7:36 AM
Chicago, New York, Boston or Washington DCHi,
Instead of a birthday party we have decided to take the kids on a trip to Chicago, New York, Boston or Washington DC. They are turning 7 years old and I don't know which city would be more fun to visit. We are planing to go in the Fall.
Aug 30, 2013 8:07 AM
1I'd recommend DC or NYC as they have more kid things (although we're not talking Disneyland here) and between those two probably NYC (more exciting, there's probably more iconic things they'll be able to relate to from popular media - Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Empire State Building) and kid-stores (FAO Schwarz, M&M World, Disney store). NYC has some great kid appropriate museums but DC probably has more.
It is not inconceivable to do both cities by catching a bus, train or renting a car to drive between the two if you have five days.
Aug 30, 2013 9:46 AM
2DC is very cool, but it's very museum/monument heavy, so that might be better saved for older kids. (I have a 7 year old, too, as well as a 5 year old.)
New York probably has the most to offer. There is just so much to do for all ages. Just the excitement of being in the city was cool.
We just got back from Chicago, and had a great long weekend. Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Willis (Sears) Tower, and the river cruise were all hits with the kids. There is a great aquarium (which we didn't get around to seeing), and some good museums (Field, Science and Industry, etc) too. The favorite things my kids did was visit Millenium Park with the reflective bean and the Crown Fountain (which has to be the best piece of public art ever):
One thought about big-city traveling with young ones: It involves a lot of walking. Allocate time for just relaxing, whether it be in a park or in your hotel. My kids absolutely hate taking naps, but they both took a two-hour nap after a long day sightseeing in Chicago. We had a great hotel with an indoor pool (The Hilton), which was nice for midday breaks, too.
Aug 30, 2013 10:08 AM
3You can't go wrong with any of these options. You're likely to have the best weather in DC, worst in Chicago or Boston. I've lived in all four cities, and here are suggestions for each:
DC: mall and monuments; tons of options for running, climbing, jumping and generally getting tired out.
--Air and Space Museum, planes hanging from the ceiling, nuff said.
--National Zoo, beautiful setting, great animal collection
--Natural History Museum, dinosaurs, nuff said.
NYC: Times Square, lights, noise, and Toyr r Us with animatronic T-Rex.
American Museum of Natural History, (okay, so my kid likes dinosaurs, but don't most 7-year-olds?)
Central Park: awesome playground on UES near the Met, but there are great playgrounds in several parts of the park
Staten Island Ferry, free, water, boat = fun for all ages
Broadway: see a kid-friendly play
Chinatown: cool sights and smells, and even the pickiest kid likes bubble tea
Boston: the aquarium is outstanding and very kid friendly.
--USS Constitution, a sailing ship that looks like pirates might have sailed on it, even if they didn't really
--children's museum, world class
--Boston Museum of Science, also world class. The lightening show is not to be missed.
--Harvard Yard, smart people and history with lots of stuff to climb on and jump off of
Chicago: Field Museum, Sue the T-Rex, nuff said. They also have the Lascaux Exhibit still I think.
--Navy Pier, a lake that looks like the ocean and amusement park rides, that's just cool
--aquarium is world class
--Brookfield zoo has animatronic Dinos thru October
Let us know what you decide!
Aug 30, 2013 10:16 AM
Aug 30, 2013 11:26 AM
5Thanks for all the replies. With all this info we are looking into New York or Chicago. Washington will be when they are a little older, since they might get bored with all the museums. We live in Toronto and they get enough museums.
Now I just have to look for place to stay... as it might help my decision. I was thinking of maybe renting a small apartment ... it might be cheaper than staying in a hotel. I think I might start another topic.
Aug 30, 2013 1:46 PM
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Renting rooms in an apartment shared by the owner is legal, as is renting apartments in New Jersey.
With that said, I would go with NYC over Chicago. Depending on the length of your trip, you could also do a day trip to Philadelphia, with its fantastic Franklin Institute.
Aug 30, 2013 2:15 PM
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