If you had a limited amount of time to spend in NYC, what would you do?
First, we made a stop at the Empire State Building. I had pre-purchased express “front of the line” tickets online to avoid having to stand in long lines. We got there around 10am and even though there were a lot of people there I really didn’t need the express tickets. While we were at the observatory, we were lucky to have met a friendly employee who graciously explained what we were looking at. I mean, to us it all looked like one building after another.
Next, we headed off to the Staten Island Ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty in person. I’ve seen so many photos of her but nothing compares to seeing it up close. If you’re starting out from the Manhattan side, get on one of the outside platforms on the right side of the boat. You!ll get an amazing view of Lady Liberty.
When you get to the New Jersey port, you’ll have to get off the ferry and re-board. This time if you go to the front left of the ferry you’ll get an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline as you dock on the other side. Or you can head to the bottom deck and go all the way to the front of the ferry for an unobstructed view. The best part is that ride is free!
Then we were off for a carriage ride in Central Park. It cost $50 for a 20 minute ride and came with a narrative of points of interests along the way.
And at the end of the ride the driver took a photo of the entire family. He also let the girls feed the horse which, I think, Kiana could have done without.
There’s also a huge playground in Central Park complete with water sprinklers and large rocks to climb. The kids spent hours in this area and it was a great way for them to blow off some steam.
Of course, no trip to NYC would be complete without stopping by Times Square and riding the ferris wheel at Toys R Us. It cost $5 per person and lasted for about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that if you only have 2 people in your party they will find another 2-person party to join you in your car. You also can’t request a particular car – and believe me your kids will have a preference! However, we were lucky to get in Kiana’s first choice – My Little Pony.
Finally, it was a night on Broadway to watch Mary Poppins. Now, I’ve seen my share of plays before but this one has got to be one of the best ones yet. All those classic songs, amazing performances, and special effects kept the kids entralled during the 2 hour 40 minute show. If you have the opportunity, sit on the mezzanine level stage left for an awesome view of the final act. All I can say is “Wow”.
Whew! That’s a lot to do in such a short time but the family loved very single minute of it and they didn’t want to leave the city. I’m sure we’ll be back soon!
What’s your favorite thing about NYC?
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