I know you are probably SOOO very tired of hearing about our trip to NYC. But it was REALLY incredible & I am loving reliving it through these posts. No worries, though. This will be the caboose. I think.
If you haven’t read the first two posts, you can find them here and here. Well, you can find them if I inserted the links correctly….let me know. Now that you’re caught up on that fun, lace up your running shoes & we’ll fly through the rest! Ready? Let’s go!
There are AMAZING museums! Lots of them! The best part is that you don’t have to pay full price for the majority of them! Wow! The Museum of Natural History is a FULL DAY
unless you have tweens who are tired and grumpy of crazy neat stuff. Don’t forget the kids’ bathing suits as there is water for them to play in and around out in the courtyard. I only had my iphone & no flash, so not many pics came out. But there are plenty on their website.
DO NOT purchase your tickets for this museum online! Don’t do it. If you read closely, you will see that you can pay whatever you want if you wait until you get there. That’s right! It’s actually a donation, so you can pay whatever fits your budget! Awesome! Lots of other places like that. Most attractions, museums, etc also have certain dates & times where entry is FREE. Do your homework & you can do a lot for a lot less$!
So much for a short post! Oh well! You can’t go to NYC & not go to Liberty Island. Nope. The statue is actually under construction until at least October of this year, but the island is wide open & the food is actually not bad at their little cafe. The ferry that takes you to Liberty Island also will take you to Ellis Island so you can peruse that museum & see how the immigrants came through. Be aware that your kids will probably be DONE in about 15 minutes, max.
And what would NYC be without Grand Central Station?!? Crazy place! I would have loved to just run through all the different terminals. But, alas, it was not to be. Instead I just stood on the 2nd floor & marveled at how much the scene of chaos reminded me of our home when the kids were little….
That 2nd picture is of the ceiling. It had all the constellations on it. Absolutely beautiful! Does it mean you’re old when you stand around admiring ceilings?? Oh, well.
We did not go to the top of the Rockefeller Center, because we had already gone to the top of the Empire State Building. I’m one of those people who only needs to see over the tops of buildings once.
This place is crazy BIG! Love it! But, we must move along! We spent an HOUR on a subway train to get to Coney Island. Just really not my favorite. The beach was dirty & the rest was carnival rides. The boardwalk was clean and nice & they don’t allow smoking anywhere around, so that was REALLY nice! Of course hubs HAD to partake of a hot dog at the original Nathan’s.
We stayed just on the edge of Time Square with all the jumbo screens & of course the infamous ball!
We saw Mary Poppins at The Amsterdam Theater (pic on left)
and Zarkana (Cirque du Soleil) at Radio City Music Hall (above, right). Mary Poppins was probably the favorite, but Cirque du Soleil was really good too! We hoped to see Wicked, but failed to get tickets early & weren’t willing to spend $850 for one show. That reminds me, get your tickets at a TKTS booth! GREAT seats for up to 1/2 off!
Then of course we went to Wall Street, China Town & Little Italy. We saw the Brooklyn Bridge & the Manhattan Bridge. We rode the Staten Island Ferry. Oh! And we ate at Carmine’s. Yes! You simply MUST eat at Carmine’s. It’s expensive & a family of 5 can not finish one main course plus one side. Seriously. We took leftovers to the apt & enjoyed them the next day! Yum! And go see the wooden escalators in the original Macy’s! Very cool!
I also got a feel for NYC life by doing laundry early in the AM at the coin laundry on the corner. And, you really should have been a fly on the wall to see me trying to help a couple from France use the washer! Yes, it involved charades & lots of laughter from both sides!
Aaackk!!! I wanna go back SO BADLY!!! Someday I shall return!
I hope you’ve enjoyed helping me relive our trip! There is so much more I could share, but you’ll just have to go see it for yourselves! Have enough cash for your initial taxi from airport to where you’ll stay. From there grab a Metro Card, comfy shoes & get movin’! (If you have a southern accent, honey, get ready for people to keep you talkin’ just to hear it!)