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Best Family Getaways: New York City

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A Great Urban Getaway: New York City’s East 60th Street

Calling all tweens: this bustling midtown strip is a microcosm of Big Apple style. Cruise east to west, then hop a subway to Times Square and finish the day with a Broadway show.

Serendipity 3 ($$): Book a table for lunch at this kitschy ice cream parlor where American royals (Jackie Kennedy; Zac Efron) have downed decadent desserts—including the notorious “frrrozen hot chocolate”—since 1954.

Dylan’s Candy Bar: A Wonka-worthy fantasy of Jolly Ranchers, gummy bears, licorice, and Jelly Bellies in every possible hue. Grab a plastic bag and load up by weight.

Bloomingdale’s: Save half the afternoon for this retail wonderland and walk out with a Big Brown Bag filled with striped Ella Moss tops, preppy Ralph Lauren polos, and too-cool-for-school True Religion jeans.

Central Park: On a spring day, you can easily spend a few happy hours getting lost in the heart of Manhattan. Find a posted map and make your way to the Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo, Belvedere Castle, and the Sheep Meadow. Keep your smart phone handy—almost everything here is worth an Instagram hit. —Heidi Mitchell

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