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Best Multi-Gen Travel Destinations: New York City Edition

Surprise and delight your whole crew with a trip to NYC and experience the top places to visit while you're there

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New York City is a wonder of towering skyscrapers, rich culture, iconic landmarks and an energy like no other.

There's literally something for everyone in the Big Apple, making it a natural pick for a multigenerational family trip.

Strengthen bonds and make memories with the ones you love most while you explore the best places to visit in one of the world's most famous cities — New York City. 

Start planning your trip today by checking out the top places to visit in New York City for every age in your travel tribe.

Baby Boomers

Two cultural attractions that Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will enjoy are The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

With more than 200,000 pieces of art, MoMA is America's premier museum for contemporary art. Don't leave without perusing the quirky and unique items in the MoMA Design Store

Nestled within Central Park further north, you'll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's not an understatement to call the Met massive, so take time to map out your must-see exhibits. Popular picks include the Temple of Dendur, the Greek and Roman Sculpture Court and the museum's collection of Impressionist masterpieces. 

Those who love to shop should make a beeline to Fifth Avenue. Everything from luxury brands to mass retailers and storied department stores lives within the stretch between 39th and 60th Streets. Travelers in-the-know dine at the excellent eateries located within Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman

Gen X and Millennials

Energetic 20- to 50-somethings can get their bearings with a walking tour of Midtown Manhattan. 

Landmarks that belong on your list include:

  • Rockefeller Center 
  • Radio City Music Hall 
  • Lincoln Center
  • Carnegie Hall 
  • Bryant Park 
  • Central Park 
  • The New York Public Library 
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral 
  • Times Square 

Catch an Uber or the subway if you're considering venturing south to other popular neighborhoods. SoHo is the undisputed center of shopping. If you don't mind haggling for a good deal, head over to nearby Chinatown. Canal Street is full of open-air vendors selling everything from jewelry to souvenirs and clothing. 

Plus, there's no shortage of restaurants around for when it’s time to refuel. If you’re craving Italian instead, nearby Little Italy, while touristy, is another neighborhood with lots of dining options.

End your evening with a visit to the top of the Empire State Building. Recreate the super romantic scene from "Sleepless in Seattle" before checking out the new galleries on the 2nd and 80th floors. They explain how one of the most iconic additions in the New York skyline came to be — and let you experience what it's like to be in the clutches of King Kong.

Generations Z and Alpha

Kids will be instantly captivated by Times Square, the beating heart of New York City. Let them take in all the lights and madcap energy before checking out a kid-friendly attraction or two. 

Top picks in the area include:

  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • M&M's World
  • National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey 

For a more tranquil vibe, head over to Central Park. The sprawling urban oasis has lots of children's attractions like the Tisch Children's Zoo, the Central Park Carousel, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and 21 playgrounds. There's also an abundance of seasonal activities like ice skating in the fall and winter and boating in the warmer weather months. 

An unforgettable retail experience awaits kids at FAO Schwartz. This mecca of toys in Rockefeller Center will delight with its mind-boggling selection of games, dolls, crafts and more. Another nearby shop sure to delight little ones is the American Girl Store

If you and the family are up for a trek, a visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is well worth the effort. Kids will gain new insight into American history with tickets that grant you entry into both landmarks. 

Explore the Benefits of Hilton Grand Vacation Timeshare in NYC 

New York City is home to four (soon to be five) Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resorts, all in unbeatable locations in the heart of the city —Midtown Manhattan. You'll be a stone's throw away from dozens of the top places to visit in the Big Apple and have sleek and spacious accommodations to call home during your visit. 

Read How Does Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Work to explore why vacation ownership in NYC is right for you. 

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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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