NYC 2016! Part I!

As I mentioned previously, our trip to NYC was very last minute. Luke had a work thing and we decided to all tag along :) So, for the most part of the trip, it was just me and the kids vs. the Big Apple. I didn't plan our days full to the brim because I knew that I wouldn't be able to handle it. Each day the kids and I visited one or two places in the morning on our own. We would leave our hotel early in the morning, and go back to the room after lunch. Then Luke joined us in the late afternoon just as the kids woke up from nap for dinner and post-dinner adventures. It worked out PERFECTLY!! I loved our NYC trip so much.

I am recapping our trip day by day, and here is the first day.

Day 1: Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial

The very first thing the kids and I did was going to the top of the Empire State Building! I am hardly ever in the pictures so I made sure to take a selfie with the kids right when we got up. After that, we were free to roam around with worries. It was such a beautiful and clear day to be up on that skyscraper!
If I remember it correctly, we got there just before 9a and there was hardly a crowd. See the tallest building below? That's One World Trade Center and our hotel was right across the street from it. I loved waking up every morning to the sight of it and exclaiming, "It's another beautiful day in New York!" Haha.
After the ESB, we found our way back to the subway and rode the B train uptown to the American Museum of Natural History. The AMNH was massive and we got lost no less than a dozen times. One time I was looking for a certain exhibit and it turned out we were on the wrong FLOOR. We didn't stay for long, since the kids and museums don't mix, but I only paid $10 for all of us (the entry fee is a suggested donation and you can pay whatever you like), so that was fine with me.
The family-friendly Discovery Room was the best for my little kids -- they enjoyed digging for fossils and assembling a life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus. There were also lots of volunteers around to explain nerdy science stuff to them. We could have stayed longer, but ran out of time.
That night after Luke met up with us, we walked to Chinatown for some yummy Taiwanese food at Taiwan Pork Chop House. I can't believe this was the only time I had bubble tea during the entire trip...
After our bellies were full, our post-dinner adventure was to walk the Brooklyn Bridge! We didn't walk the entire way to Brooklyn, maybe a third, but it was still very exciting. I have been to NYC many times, but this was a first for me.
The views of the Manhattan skyline were stunning, especially at night.
What a great night to walk the Brooklyn Bridge!
Just before we went back to our hotel, we stopped at the 9/11 memorial.
We had a long, fun-filled day in NYC!


  1. Sounds like a great plan for a last minute trip. What a great view from the hotel! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip.

  2. The discovery room and the dinosaurs is D's favorite
    And Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorites.
    Looks like it was a pretty good day.

  3. The discovery room and the dinosaurs is D's favorite
    And Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorites.
    Looks like it was a pretty good day.

  4. Surprisingly, you guys managed to fit in quite a bit of stuff in that short amount of time. At least I was there for some of it. ��

  5. I doubt I could walk on that bridge. Silly fear of walking bridges gets to me!

  6. Sounds like a great day! Glad scheduling worked out so well! We used to live in NY but walking along the Brooklyn Bridge was a first for us too when we visited a few days ago.


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