1. Central park

Central Park New York

A year-round must

You’d be hard pushed to go to New York and not see Central Park. Life in Manhattan revolves around the city’s green hub and there’s a whole host of activities for children. The most quintessential would be a horse-drawn carriage ride around its winding trails, taking in the sights at the same time. One carriage holds up to two adults and three children under 12. There’s also a zoo and over 20 playgrounds – including Billy Johnson Playground on Fifth Avenue (five minutes from the zoo), which boasts a 45ft long granite slide – while in the winter, it becomes a wonderland with an ice-skating rink.