Things to do with your teenage daughter in New York

New York is one of the largest cities in the world, and it has an air of glamor and excitement that will impress even the most jaded teen. The city is a multicultural paradise, with food, entertainment and attractions drawn from every culture around the world, and yet it is uniquely American at heart. There is something to do in New York for absolutely anyone, but the sheer size of the city and the amount of places to see can make putting together an itinerary a daunting task. It can be difficult to keep young adults interested and engaged with their surroundings, but these attractions should win the heart of even the most cynical teenage girl.

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St. Mark’s Place

What teenage girl doesn’t love shopping? Nestled in the heart of New York’s trendy East Village, and easily accessible by subway, this vibrant shopping district will keep your daughter engaged from the get-go. You can find clothes, jewellery and knickknacks of every variety, and often at bargain prices. If you ever get tired of checking out all the shops, this is a great place for eating & people-watching as well.

Madame Tussauds

No matter who your teenage daughter idolizes, there’s a good chance you can find them in Madame Tussauds New York. Whether it’s a sports star like Derek Jeter, a heartthrob like Leonardi DiCaprio or a pop star like Taylor Swift, any young girl will be thrilled at the chance of a photo op with the incredibly lifelike wax figures that make Madame Tussauds one of the most perennially popular attractions in New York.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

Most teenagers have a sweet tooth, and if comes down to it, so do many of their parents. Found on Third Avenue, Dylan’s Candy Bar is like something dreamt up by Willy Wonka. You can find every kind of candy imaginable in the aisles of this one-of-a-kind shop, and few people will be able to resist the temptation of sampling a treat or three.

Central Park

An oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle that is Manhattan, Central Park is one of the most iconic sights in New York, and even teenagers will be thrilled to say they’ve been there. This is the perfect place to go for a break in the middle of a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing. You can have a picnic on the grass, or just sit and relax while you watch the people pass you by.

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Chinatown

If your daughter just can’t get enough of the world-class shopping that New York has to offer, you can up the ante by visiting Chinatown. You can find clothing and accessories galore here, including many items that look as though they were designed for an Oriental princess. Down every street you can find unique little shops filled with strange curiosities and antiques, and of course there is delicious Chinese food on every corner.

On Location Tours

Many teenage girls are avid followers of popular culture, and On Location Tours is the perfect choice if your daughter is one of them. This unique bus tour will take you around the city to visit the locations where many popular movies and television shows were filmed, and as an added bonus, the tours are led by real New York City actors and actresses.

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AMC Empire 25

A great way to end a busy day sight-seeing in New York is to head to the movie theater, where you can relax and watch a movie of your daughter’s choice. With twenty-five screens, including an IMAX, AMC Empire 25 is sure to leave you spoiled for choice. After the movie, you can step into one of the theater’s many restaurants, because you’re sure to have built up an appetite after such a busy day.