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Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations for Families

New York City, N.Y.
Ready to see the majestic Statue of Liberty up close and personal?
Ready to see the majestic Statue of Liberty up close and personal?
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New York City can get a little steamy during the height of summer, but if you catch it on the outskirts of the season, the weather will be more cooperative and you can enjoy the Big Apple in comfort. It's a little hard to know where to start when it comes to recommending places to visit in New York City, because there's just so much to do there. But for a family's first visit, here are a few must-see-sights to consider.

For starters, schedule a stop-off in Central Park. Kids can frolic in some of the park's many playgrounds and water features, and ongoing activities, like plays, concerts and sports, should entertain the whole family throughout the summer months. There are the near-obligatory visits to places like Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and Times Square. Other great sights to add include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (the Enterprise orbiter's official home after decommissioning).

Our next summer destination is similarly jam-packed with places to visit.