Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Our New York Trip {The Places We Went}

It’s time for my second installment of our New York adventure! If you missed my first post about The Basics. The post today is about all of the places that we visited….minus the food, that’s for the third and last installment. I’m going to break it all down by the days of our trip in case anyone is interesting in seeing how we grouped events.

WEDNESDAY:

I’m going to start off by saying our first day in New York got messed up. Our flights to NYC were delayed so much that we ended up having to fly into New Jersey and we didn’t arrive until 2am. Without our luggage. By the time we traveled into Manhattan, found out that our luggage wouldn’t arrive until that evening, and got in our room it was LATE. Or early depending on how you look at it. So we decided to scrap the first part of our first day in NY, which was to see the Statue of Liberty (but don’t worry it was rescheduled for later in the week). We got some much needed sleep and ran to the drug  store to grab some products to make ourselves somewhat presentable that day.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Because of the rescheduling of this day, our first visit of the day was to the September 11th Museum and Memorial. There is just so much I COULD say about the Museum but it’s hard to really formulate the words. In our opinion they did a fabulous job on the whole thing. Most of the museum was a no camera zone so there is a lot that wasn’t photographed that day. The museum basically walks you through the entire events of 9/11 step by step. From NY to DC to Pennsylvania. There are photos, videos, artifacts, recordings filling rooms after rooms. If you are going to attend the museum and memorial give yourself a few hours to really see everything and take the amount of time you need. This wasn’t the sort of place that I wanted to rush through.

It was such an emotional day for both of us. We felt both drained and grateful for the chance to experience it all. I really suggest that if you’re headed to New York you make this a priority on your “to do” list.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Outside of the museum is the 9/11 memorial. They are two huge fountains that stand in the footprint of the towers. They flow into themselves and are surrounded by the names of the people lost on that day. Between their size and the sound of the water it really is a breath taking spot.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

The Freedom Tower looks nearly complete from the outside. I’m not sure if it’s being called “complete” or not. There is still a fair amount of construction in the area; they are working on a huge transportation hub currently. The building will resemble a dove taking flight when completed. Even with the work still happening in the area, the grounds are peaceful and beautiful. THIS is where we purchased the tickets for the museum.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

THURSDAY:

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

We started off our day on Thursday with breakfast at Tiffany’s. Yes we actually went and got breakfast and brought it to Tiffany’s jewelry store on 5th Ave. It was actually my hubbies idea and we had a lot of fun with it! We had planned this day to be a lot of walking and taking in the sights along the way. We walked down 5th Ave for a good portion of the morning just taking in all of the super expensive-don’t-even-think-about-it-stores. Although I did walk away with a super awesome souvenir from Louis Vuitton {swoon}.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

The first place we stopped was St Patrick’s Cathedral. I was selfishly bummed that they were doing restoration work on the cathedral because it hid a lot of it’s beauty. However, it’s obviously necessary! We were still able to enjoy a lot of it’s beauty and amazing architecture. There are lots of beautiful churches in Manhattan that you will stumble upon while walking the city. However St Patrick’s is the most beautiful!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Then it was on to 30 Rock, or Rockefeller Center. Here we enjoyed shopping at an awesome Lego store, checking out an interesting installment from Jeff Koons, and seeing the iconic Prometheus statue. I have been told that you can ride the elevator up the building for a great view minus the cost like at the Empire State Building. We decided to stick with going to the ESB for the experience but it’s an option!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

After 30 Rock it was on to Grand Central Station (even though it hasn’t actually been named that in years). Grand Central really is that…..GRAND. It’s such an amazing sight it’s almost hard to believe that it’s just a way for people everyday to just get to work. What an awesome commute! There are great little places to eat inside the station so if you want to catch a bite while perusing the city this is a fun place to do it.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Then it was on to the New York Library. It’s such an iconic place we had to go in. We didn’t really know where we were going in this massive place but we found ourselves in the genealogy room and had a great time looking up our possible relatives.


Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Then the highlight of our day was traveling to the top of the Empire State Building.

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I mentioned in my first post about New York that we purchased the “fast past” to the top! To me it’s so worth it. Instead of waiting in line for hours you can get to the top, check things out, and be on with your day. To me the view up there is amazing and seeing the city from that vantage point is awesome….but I don’t want to spend hours to get to the top, take some pictures, and leave. We purchased our tickets HERE.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

FRIDAY:

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

On Friday we were finally able to take our trip to see Lady Liberty. We got up early that morning and made our way to lower Manhattan to catch the boat to Liberty Island. When we rescheduled our trip to the statue we didn’t realize that we grabbed the first boat of the day. I must say….if you can swing it, do the first boat of the day! When we arrived on the island there was no one there except the people that work there. We quickly made our way to the front of the statue to take pictures without having to battle crowds to do so. It was awesome! As the day goes on the island becomes crowed with tons of people all trying to get the perfect shot. Worth getting up early for!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

The boat ride over to the island is great time to check out the New York skyline. You can also go to Ellis Island on the boat tours but we didn’t make it there because we had other things on the agenda that day. We bought our tickets through THIS SITE.


When we returned back to shore we headed to lunch in Central Park and then hit up the Museum of Natural History. This was on my hubby’s priority list for the trip. There are so many museums in New York and you could literally spend days going through them all, we had to choose which one we wanted to visit the most and the Natural History won out!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

If you are a fan of the movie Night at the Museum then you may recognize some of these iconic items! Yes we were geeking out just a bit! We enjoyed walking around the museum and there was TONS to see…so much so we had to just quickly walk through parts to get to areas we wanted to spend more time in. If you’re planning a trip here make sure you schedule plenty of time.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

SATURDAY:

We work up Saturday morning and headed to the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum. This was another request from the hubby. You see my husband is in the Air Force and he’s fairly obsessed with all things military and historical.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

We bought our tickets upon arrival the day of, you could purchase tickets ahead of time if you wanted to. We toured the Growler submarine, Intrepid Aircraft Carrier, and got to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise. I understand that this may not be the type of attraction that the average New York goer may want to see, but it really is a great place to visit with lots of history and awesome sights.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

After touring the Intrepid we headed for lunch and shopping in SOHO. I love the SOHO and Greenwich areas. They are so laid back and eclectic. Lots of yummy food….lots of shopping. Then we headed back to our room for a little rest before a fun evening!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

That night we got to experience one of my favorite things to do in New York….see a show on Broadway. I love going to Broadway style shows and have for years, but to actually see them ON Broadway is obviously a dream! We choose Jersey Boys for our first show of the trip. Yes I said first. We were lucky enough to attend two shows while we were there. We saw Jersey Boys at the August Wilson theater and purchased our tickets HERE. It was an amazing show. Loved the music of course but it’s just overall very entertaining!!!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

If you go to see a show on Broadway you will end up at Times Square. It’s like an “If you give a mouse a cookie” moment. Times Square is a sight to behold. Granted it’s usually packed with tourists from day to night. But it’s still something you should see for yourself. It can be the middle of the night and you feel like it’s day time with the glow from all of the signs. There are lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping to check out. Keep an eye out for the Naked Cowboy and other street oddities!

SUNDAY:

By the time Sunday came around we were starting to get worn out. We had already done so much walking around and it was hot. Man was it hot. We had already checked so many things off of our “to do” list but there were still some places we really wanted to see. We took this day to just explore some iconic neighborhoods.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

We walked around Chinatown and Little Italy. To sum up Chinatown would be Asian markets and knock offs. Knock off purses, knock off watches. To sum up Little Italy would be little Italian restaurants and cannolis. Obviously that isn’t the whole picture but pretty much. These two areas are the kind of place I think are great to check out if it’s your first time to the city….after that I probably wouldn’t return.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

We returned to the SoHo and Greenwich neighborhoods to walk around. We ended up at Washington Square Park and ended up staying for a few hours. We had happened upon the park one night when we were feeling restless. So we got to enjoy the park at night and during the day. We really enjoyed just sitting in the park and people watching. There is a huge fountain that people (legally or not we don’t know) go splashing around in it. There was also an endless amount of musicians strolling in and out of the park the whole time. At any moment there was a violinist or a marching band or anything in between.  These quiet little moments are what really meant a lot to my husband and I.

MONDAY:

At this point in our trip we were at the “free days”. Towards the end of the trip we left a couple days with not a lot of scheduled activities. We had been throwing around the idea of going to the Brooklyn Bridge and we decided that one of our down days was a great time to go check it out.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

It ended up being a pretty awesome experience to not only get up close to the Brooklyn Bridge but to take a walk on it as well. Again this is a great place to get unique views of the city and a great place to just take in the city.

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

That night we attended my hubby’s choice for our second Broadway show….Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater. I’ve seen the Phantom twice before this but I have to say that it is the kind of show I can see again and again! We planned this night on Broadway to happen on my hubby’s birthday so it was perfect that he got to see a show he’d been wanting to see for years. Of course it was amazing and we just loved both of our Broadway show experiences!

RANDOM:

Something that I think is really important when exploring a large city like New York is to leave room to just explore. We were obviously armed with our maps and apps….but we took times to just walk around. This lead us to a store/bakery made up entirely of Nutella, a little parking lot flea market, a delicious random restaurant, and a beautiful park at night. We stumbled upon things that we otherwise wouldn’t have if we didn’t just get out and explore.

We even went to the movies while we were in the city. I mean…..we were kid free and had a few evening! Let me tell you, even just attending a movie theater in New York was a cool experience. I know that makes me sound like SUCH a tourist but hey that’s what I was!

Our Trip to New York {The Places We Went}

Welp that is about it for this installment of Our Trip to New York! This is basically our trip day to day….where we went and what we did! The next post will be about the places we ate at and what we ate. I hope that you have enjoyed reading about our trip and if you have any questions or would like any tips feel free to shoot me a comment or message!

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Our Trip to New York {The Basics}

 

Before you leave make sure you read about The Basics from our New York trip! I discuss where we stayed , how we got around, and the tickets we purchased!

Comments

  1. So glad you had a great visit. I lived in NYC for 14 years and even though I wasn’t born there and I don’t live there now I still think of it as “home.” I used to live across the street from the Museum of Natural History and, for a fair portion of my time in NY, worked in 30Rock – all your pics bring back great memories!

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