This summer we headed to New Jersey for a wedding in the family. With only one free night we decided to head to New York. We stayed in a hotel in the Financial District, so we decided to head over the Federal Hall to check out the statue of George Washington. The best thing about kids is that they are easily entertained. They had a great time hanging around the statue and posing for pictures. If you not still full of of a massive bagel from breakfast, the Financial District is a great place for lunch. There are a bunch of food carts and restaurants with mouth watering food.
Next on our list was the Charging Bull. Since we were walking everywhere we stopped at Trinity Church and checked it out. We loved it and surprisingly so did the kids. They had so many questions specially about all the tombstones. Next we headed to our intended destination of the Charging Bull. The area is so full of tourists that it is hard to get close to the bull. Eventually we succeeded and some pictures in front of the bull. Maybe something we should have skipped given the long wait.
On to more fun things, we headed to The Sea Glass Carousel at The Battery Conservancy. It is a bit of a hike from the Charging Bull specially if you are not used to walking a lot. Wear comfortable shoes not just cute! Bring a baby carrier or a stroller. Bring snacks! Once you get there though things will get better. Luckily when we got there we didn’t have to wait in line. At just $5 a ticket the rides are pretty reasonable. We got our tickets and headed into the beautiful blue green interior made to look like you are in the ocean. After hopping on our desired fish we enjoyed our ride while beautiful music played. Put your feet up, relax and give your tired feet a break.
After a quick lunch and a short nap back at the hotel we headed out to the Rockefeller Center. We bought our tickets online which saved us a wait in the long long line. You still have a long line for security check and it takes a while to get up to the top. The kids didn’t necessarily love it when we got to the top but we did so it wasn’t all bad.
Being the cool parents we are we headed to M&M World next. The excitement in the kids eyes was just enough to say that they were in one of the best places on Earth. After spending far too much time and more money than I care to admit on M&M’s we stopped for a quick bite to eat before we headed back to the hotel.
We couldn’t leave New York without checking out the Statue of Liberty. We decided to stop at Liberty Park on our way out because we didn’t have time to go to the Statute of Liberty. Its a great park with a great view of the statue, that is if you don’t mind looking at the back of it. We didn’t and kids didn’t seem to mind either although they did initially wanted to see the front of it. Once they started playing in the playground they forgot about that rather quickly though.
We saw pretty much everything that we wanted to in the short amount of time. New York is always a experience for the kids and adults and as expected we came back with awesome memories.