A Day in NYC

June 20, 2012 by Kailani  
Filed under daily life, Favorite Posts, my family

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?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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8 Responses to “A Day in NYC”
  1. 1
    Leslee says:

    WOnderful recap of your trip! NYC is definately on my bucket list!! I would throw in the 911 memorial, but you covered all THE places :-)

  2. 2
    Sarah Smith says:

    I agree that the empire state building and statue of liberty are my top two priorities! I plan to take the kids to NYC this summer, thanks for the tips!

  3. 3
    Eric Bowden says:

    Not only does it look like you hit most of the highlights, it also seems like you were certainly able to fit a lot into your day! New York is a pretty amazing city and when I go there I love taking a few minutes just to take it all in; the buildings, the people, and the sights are all fascinating. I’m glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time, and I really dig your blog!

  4. 4
    Beth @ TheAngelForever says:

    It looks like you made the most of your limited time in NYC. Love the photos :) My favorite thing about NYC is that there are so many options within the area that you never have any reason to be bored. We are hoping to take the boys down to the city one day this summer to explore the giant Disney Store, FAO, the zoo, and other locations. Neither have been and I think they are finally old enough to do all of the walking involved. Now to get planning.

  5. 5
    Lissete says:

    I highly recommend Top of the Rock. This one trumps the Empire State. We did the ESB of course, because who doesn’t? But TOTR is less crowded and the views are way better, since you are not caged in by fencing. They both cost about the same. Plus you can see th ESB from the Rock! :-) )

  6. 6
    Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    My friend and her mom and sister are in NYC right now; she actually called me earlier in the evening and asked me what I recommended, but I wasn’t there long enough to see much! LOL

    I did get a chance to get up to the Empire State Building and it was quite an impressive sight. Although I wish I could have seen Lady Liberty up close like you guys did :)

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    Reese says:

    Looks like you guys had a blast! It’s been so long since I’ve been to NYC. I’m hoping to get back soon to show my daughter. I think NYC is such a wonderful place for a family trip. There is always something to do for the kiddos and parents. Now I’m homesick…

  8. 8
    sam says:

    I love you post! My wife and I live in Hawaii so when we got married we honeymooned in NYC! People ask me where do you go for a honeymoon when you live in Hawaii. We told them NYC. We also watched broadway shows. Thanks!

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