This summer we headed to New Jersey for a wedding in the family. With all the wedding festivities we didn’t have much time to sight see but since the hubs and the kids had never been to New York before we knew we had to make time for it. We started the day right by getting some New York bagels overfilled with cream cheese. That gave us the energy to tackle a long day of sight seeing fun. We stayed in a hotel in the Financial District, so naturally we decided to head over the Federal Hall to check out statue of George Washington. The thing about kids ( specially younger ones) is that they are amused easily. They had a great time hanging around the statue and posing for pictures. If you not full of of a massive bagel, the Financial District is also a great place for lunch. There were a bunch of food carts and restaurants with mouth watering food.
Next on our list was the Charging Bull but since we were walking everywhere we ran into Trinity Church on our way and had to check 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. That area is so full of tourists that it is hard to get close to the bull but we succeeded but by then the kids were tired of waiting and we got some cranky shots in front of the bull.
To rectify the crankiness we headed to The Seaglass 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. The kids are going to whine a lot, be prepared. 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 in to 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 of pizza and a short nap back at the hotel we headed out to check out the Rockefeller Center. We bought our tickets online which saved us a wait in the long long line which is great because you still have a long line for security check and to make your way up the building. Honestly, this isn’t the most exciting place for little kids and they would have been totally happy if we had skipped this stop entirely but the hubs loved it.
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 weren’t going to leave New York without checking out the Statue of Liberty but since we were short on time we decided to stop at Liberty Park on our way out. 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.
I was impressed that we saw pretty much saw everything that we had planned on in the short time that we had. It was a great experience for the kids and we came back with awesome memories.