Family Travel to NYC!
Posted on April 28 2018
When it comes to travel, we take the kids, if possible. I say if possible because sometimes their school schedules don’t jive with the travel schedule or maybe money is tight or maybe we want some time alone without the kids. I don’t know about you, but we’ve always been eager for the kids to travel and see as much as the world as possible. We want to instill a love of travel in every one of our girls. Don’t get me wrong, we want the girls to love being home, but we also want them to be asking, “where are we going next?!”
One of our favorite trips with the girls was New York city in the Fall. They completely loved NYC in the Fall. I mean, come on, who doesn’t?! We flew into JFK and took a car service to the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park. We intentionally wanted to be in the Battery Park area because there’s a great view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island… two things the kids associate very strongly with New York. They lit up when we walked into our room, ran to the window and fought over who could look through the telescope first. Battery Park is also a great spot because it’s a quiet, mellow spot that’s extremely family friendly.
We were there only four days, so we had to prioritize and make the most of our time in the city. The top of their list, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Since we were staying in Battery Park, it was an easy walk to the ferry security check point. We had bought tickets online so that part was a breeze but getting through security took a while. They loved the ferry ride and were thrilled to disembark. I couldn’t believe they didn’t want to head up to the top deck for the ride, but they were so desperate to be the first off the ferry and on the island that they didn’t care. I loved seeing their faces take in Lady Liberty. A short ferry ride over to Ellis Island and they were completely immersed in the experience our ancestors had when they first arrived in America.
Next on their list was tea at the Plaza Hotel and a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Tea at the Plaza is something every little girl needs to experience at least once in life. I say once because it did cost a small fortune! They each ordered the Eloise Tea experience and the wait staff made it a most memorable experience for each of the girls. There was more scrumptious food than they could eat in one sitting. So much so, they had to have it boxed up and take it to go. Thankfully, we had the last tea time of the day, so they could take the leftovers back to the hotel room refrigerator.
The cost of the carriage ride was relatively affordable at $75, considering the carriage could accommodate five of us. Mike was out of luck and had to wait patiently for us to return. The Vendela was in heaven with her love of horses and was grinning ear to ear the entire time. Just when the novelty wore off was when the ride came to a close. The girls said goodbye to their horse, Lucky, and went on their way only to spot the skating rink. The ice skating rink in Central Park was open, and if we weren’t dressed for tea at the Plaza, we would have totally gone for it. Sorry, next time girls!!
That night, we left our oldest daughter, Oona, in charge, and had a delectable dinner at Bistro Les Amis in the heart of SoHo. It was a warm Fall night, so we took advantage of their sidewalk seating and did some great people watching and snuggling all while dining. Super casual dining environment, but the casual environment was no indication of the quality of the food. If you find yourself in SoHo, promise me you’ll go. If nothing else, order the onion soup gratinee and the escargot in puff pastry. Your taste buds will thank you!
We had two family dinner nights… the first a casual pizza place in SoHo the girls loved because they could carve drawings and their names into the dining booths. John’s of Bleeker Street did not disappoint! A giant cheesy New York pie with a thin crust was a super kid friendly meal that Mike and I loved as well.
Our other family dinner night was to Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn. Mike could not stand the thought of his girls traveling so far and being so close and not experiencing a meal at Luger’s. Needless to say, it was more meat than any of us could handle, but we did our best. Delicious and classic, the girls and daddy left with full bellies and smiling faces.
We did Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Tiffany’s, 5th Avenue, Wall Street… they all loved the cab rides, hated Times Square, and tolerated the subway. Our family of six couldn’t fit in a single cab most of the time so we had to often take two. On one of our trips back to the hotel, are cabs raced each other down the West Side Highway. Vendela’s cab won… she was so happy.
We didn’t get to see a show on Broadway, but we’ve got to save something for next time. The girls can’t wait to go again, and neither can we!!