The new year brings new adventures. We enjoy traveling and I’ve already booked a trip for 2015. We’ll be vacationing in New York City for a week over spring break. Hopefully it will be a lot warmer by then.
My husband and I have been to New York several times. I went back in 2005 for a girlfriends trip and then again with the family in 2011. The second time we actually stayed in the Poconos which is about a two-hour drive to NYC. We spent the day sightseeing and then drove back out to PA. We visited Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, Toys R Us and met friends for dinner. The kids never really got a good feel for all that NYC has to offer being there only a day.
On our last visit, we bought our tickets to tour the inside of the Statue of Liberty in April and our trip was not until July. I recommend buying your tickets on-line as soon as you schedule your trip. We avoided the long line that extended down the street as far as the eye could see. We just walked right up to the gate to get on the ferry. We were relieved.
This time we’ll be staying at the Wyndham Midtown 45 for seven nights in a 2 bedroom presidential suite. The hotel is described as having boutique style elegance. It’s also within walking distance to many attractions. We are beyond excited about experiencing life in Manhattan for a few days.
We have family in Philadelphia, so we will most likely leave our vehicle with them and take the train to NYC. According to our family, it’s $15. It’s a nine-hour drive from Ohio to Philadelphia which doesn’t phase us much. We are used to it. Parking at the Wyndham is valet only and $65 a night. It’s expensive and a big pain to take your vehicle out. Plus, I don’t drive in NYC. My nerves are too fragile. My husband on the other hand can roll with the New Yorker’s quite easily. I just close my eyes.
While we are there we have a long list of places we’d like to visit and things we’d like to do. We may not get to all of them, and that’s okay. It’s great to have lots of options.
Here’s our list:
Grand Central Station
Broadway, Theater District (hopefully catch a play)
Radio City Music Hall
Empire State Building
Metropolitan Museum of Art
FAO Schwartz Toy Store
Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock
9/11 Memorial Museum
There are several museums that we’d like to visit. We’ll have to narrow them down when the time comes.
Now that my daughter and nephew are beginning the college preparation process, we try to visit colleges and universities when we travel. My daughter would like to get a good feel for an urban campus. We’ll visit Columbia University and New York University.
We enjoy visiting the city and want to expose the kids to different lifestyles and cultures. I want them to embrace the fact that there is a big diverse world out there to experience.
The countdown to spring break has begun.
New York here we come!!
Any recommendations for a family of 6 with teens and tweens?
Peace and Blessings,