I'm headed to NYC for a few days with my wife and two children (3 and 5). We'll have four days' worth of luggage, so probably two adult rolling suitcases and each child will have a child-sized rolling suitcase, plus a laptop bag and perhaps another carryon. We'll be arriving around 9am to LaGuardia and staying somewhere in Manhattan, probably either near Times Square or near the Natural History museum.
Given my mediocre experience in Philadelphia in a similar situation, I would like to know the basics for what I'll need to know to get into the city via public transportation. I read this question which gives me some clues for what buses to ride.
- Is a bus trip into Manhattan doable with bags and kids? Or am I better off just springing for the cab (particularly at that time of day)? Kids are used to riding buses if that is relevant.
- Can I buy a bus pass at the airport? (I couldn't in Philly...) Where? What kind of pass (We will likely be doing a lot of subway riding, if that's relevant)? Am I safe to assume that my two kids are free? The trip is in two and a half weeks, if that's relevant (for buying something ahead of time perhaps).
- Anything likely to confuse/surprise me when I try to get a bus? I'm from Chicago, so very familiar with buses, but tend to find Chicago far more organized than most other cities in that department...