One day in New York City. My husband, myself and two young boys to keep happy. Easy.
Okay, so we were actually in the city for more than one day and we honestly did have lots of down time and even took in a show (Mary Poppins, which was fantastic!). But I think the real reason we so loved our weekend trip to New York City was due to this one serendipitous, jam-packed, icon-filled day- our best day ever in The Big Apple.
Our first stop, after coffee, was to head south to the ferry terminal for the boat ride over to the Statue of Liberty. Even early the security line can be daunting but it goes pretty quickly and we were soon on our way. Unable to visit the top of the statue due to construction we enjoyed our time wandering around, chatting with the knowledgeable National Park Rangers and quizzing the Frédéric Bartholdi impersonator (he’s the French architect who designed the statue). You can also stop at Ellis Island and explore the buildings where over 12 million immigrants passed through to enter the United States.
After leaving Liberty Island we headed to the site of the Twin Towers, also in the southern part of Manhattan, where we picked up tickets to view the 9/11 Memorial (easy to get but you do need to get them in advance). Though we didn’t allow our boys (both under 7 at the time) to go into the small ‘museum’ dedicated to that event we did take them to the 9/11 Memorial and though austere, found it to be beautifully done and appropriate for all ages.
Next we hopped on the subway to the Central Park area where we spent the afternoon ‘museuming’. After sharing some of the nicest street food you’ll ever taste directly in front of the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we tackled the place, room by room, paying particular attention to the Hall of Knights. Then we sprinted across the park to the Museum of Natural History.
As evening settled in, we hopped into a pedi-cab that carried us back across Central Park and to our last stop, FAO Schwarz. After the boys high-fived the ‘tin soldiers’ that guard the doors they rushed in for a mad dash through toy store heaven. Emerging with a magic trick kit and toy car we were off to the hotel for a very good night’s rest.