Whether you’re watching your wallet or want to get to know New York City on a deeper level, you can experience plenty of local thrills just by planning a staycation. After all, life doesn’t always afford the opportunity to get away on a real vacation. An intimate staycation with the family is the perfect way to bond and reconnect with the city you love.

While you may have chosen to avoid the throngs of tourists crowding the museums this summer, now is a great time to explore those areas. A 12-minute walk from Penn Station, The High Line’s impressive exhibits and commissions are as much unique works of art as explorations of history and architecture.

Or head to the heart of Midtown and discover Bryant Park. You could conceivably spend the entire day here, enjoying lunch at Bryant Park Grill, joining a casual tabletop game in the sunlight, wandering the 30,000+ square foot gardens, and climbing aboard Le Carrousel for a fanciful ride.

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Locals know there’s more to do at Rockefeller Center than just ice skate. Spend your family staycation familiarizing yourself with this vibrant landmark. Embark on a guided tour, treat yourselves to a little trip souvenir from one of hundreds of shops, and finish with anything from burgers to classic deli fare for dinner. (Don’t forget a Magnolia Bakery cupcake for dessert!)

For an overnight getaway, a stay at Manhattan NYC is your best bet. Across Penn Station, it’s steps from the city’s most beloved spots and offers a host of family-friendly amenities. The Affinia Junior program provides kids with coloring books, crayons, strollers, board games, and fee-based sports kits.

Whether you choose to stay or venture back home, one thing is true: you never have to look far to experience the adventure of a lifetime with your family when you live near New York City.

For more New York City tour ideas visit TAPinto Travel's article on City Island.