Friday, August 19, 2011

Mom and Daughters' Trip - We Love NYC

So far on our Mom and Daughter' Trip - We have visited Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Williamsburg, and Jamestown... Well our adventure continued to New York City... We jumped on an Amtrak train and arrived in Penn Station in the middle of New York City..... And I do have to say - I planned this trip out perfectly!! Every minute was fantastic....

Before we left home - I booked two days of hop on hop off double decker bus tours and we got the third day free.... This was the best investment! For $82 per adult (that's me) and $61 per child - this is what we got... Unlimited 3 days hop on and off - downtown - uptown - Brooklyn Tours - Free tickets for Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center - Free ferry tickets for Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island - $40 off for each ticket to Phantom of the Opera - Free night city tour over the Manhattan Bridge - Free Museum tour - and $10 off Planet Hollywood meal... I enjoyed this tour company so very much - plenty of buses - great tour guides - We saw EVERYTHING - we wanted... Here is a free plug for this excellent company - City Sights NY - If you ever go to NYC - this tour really is a MUST..

The hotel we booked could not have been better - We were in the theatre district - very close to Time Square - The hotel was older but remodeled and closer to our budget... We stayed at the Washington Jefferson Hotel - Loved it!

Our first day - We checked things out
Time Square - We're here - Start Spreading the News -
I want to be a part of it - New York, New York
I Want To Wake Up a City That Never Sleeps
These Vagabond Shoes Are Longing to Stay...

The first night we saw Phantom of the Opera - I had seen it in Los Angeles a couple of times and was looking forward to the girls experiencing their first Broadway play.... They loved it! Our hotel was close enough to walk to the theatre... On the way back to the hotel - we stopped by a shake shoppe and got the best malted I have ever had - at 10:00 PM...

The next day was busy from early morning until late at night - go go go was the name of the game and we definitely took in the town! We hopped on our bus at 9:00 AM - stopped off in Soho for breakfast and some shopping - walked to Ground Zero - walked to Battery Park - jumped back on the bus after visiting Lady Liberty - headed to Central Park to see Strawberry Fields and pay tribute to John Lennon's Imagine memorial - saw the Dakota (where he lived) and lost his life at such a young age. Took a pedicab through Central Park - saw the Friends (TV show) Fountain where they played and frolicked at the beginning of each show - Saw movie locations from - Elf, Home Alone, 27 Dresses, Enchanted and many more... Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were filming a movie as we passed by... At night we jumped on the night tour bus and crossed over the Manhattan Bridge (I hate heights - scared the crap out of me AND the tour guide it was her 2nd official tour as a guide) The view from Brooklyn was amazing.
I'm a Sex in the City fan - so to see Greenwich and Bleecker Street was cool...
Macy's not so impressive on the outside but was told the inside is amazing.
On our bus - Right through the Very Heart of it - New York, New York

Nikki shopping in So Ho
The Site of Ground Zero
This fire station garage door was around the corner from our hotel - the lives that were lost from this station are remembered here
Ground Zero - a new museum was being worked on - a fire truck was being lowered into it.
Lady Liberty

View of NYC from Lady Liberty
The Dakota - John Lennon's previous residence and where he was killed - Yoko still resides here part time.
Our very very strong pedicab driver..
Central Park
Our pedicab driver and the girls - famous site in Central Park
John Lennon's memorial
The Friends' Fountain

New York at Sunset

Time Square where you can get same day play tickets for discounts

Manhattan Bridge.. Don't look down!!!

We were in New York City for 2 nights and 3 days - saw so much - But not everything - I'm thinking another Mom and Daughters' trip to New York is most definitely in our future.... Loved it here!


  1. We were up in NY for about 9 months when Gman was working in Manhattan and it was always great going into the city--and wonderful to leave especially the time we left just as the Time Square Bomber got there! Yikes! :) There were a lot of places I still wanted to go, but it was time to leave. One never knows, but we may be back again! :)

    Glad NYC was good to you. Those buses truly are a great deal and a wonderful way to see the city and get your bearings.

  2. PS Next time be sure to check out the Circle Line Yacht Tours and hit the water! They are really fun!

  3. There is so much to see there! Glad you got so much in!

  4. OMG I was just there and LOVED it...our pictures are so similar! Good to know about your hotel, we stayed in queens and it was We got the NY Pass and planned it out to a T..we did the Cicrle Line Tour that Labbie1 is talking about and it was AWESOME. Great shots!

  5. Looks like you girls are having fun! I'm your newest GFC follower...would love for you to follow back :)

  6. Hey! I found you off Voiceboks and I'm so glad I did! Sounds like you had a great trip!
    I just wanted you to now that I nominated you for the Versatile Blog award. You can check it out here:
    I'm following you now, btw. I hope you'll stop by my blog sometime, too!
    Oh, and before I go, I'd love to highlight you and your blog sometime for one of my "Saturday Shout Outs". Let me know if you'd be interested!

  7. wow, that is so amazing!!!! i hope to have the energy to do this one day with my daughter or family! i am always so intimidated by the rush/rush image of NYC. it seems you all fit in by going non-stop! it's good to have daughters to motivate you, huh? thank you for sharing your experience. i can't wait to one day do this and blog about it!

  8. What an amazing trip. Your girls look so happy!



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