My son and I just got back from a trip to NYC thanks to an extended weekend/fall break in the school calendar. This NYC trip has been on my bucket list for a year. With my youngest the only one at home (deep breath), it has afforded us flexibility in our schedules to take some fun trips like this NYC trip.
I want to give a huge thank you to Heather over at Our Life in a Click who provided suggestions including tours and parks. Thank you, Heather!
We started our trip to NYC with a red eye from Denver to JFK. We both anticipated a little more sleep during the flight so our pre-dawn arrival was rough. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and grabbed tickets for the Big Bus Tours. The Big Bus Tours are the red double-decker buses around the city. It basically provided us a mobile nap station. It worked great because we could catch a few winks along the route.
I don’t care what the age, a sleeping child is pure mom bliss- even on a Big Bus Tours bus.
Sidenote: The rest of our trip we took advantage of Uber. We both agreed the Big Bus Tours were great for our first day, but we actually covered more ground with inexpensive Uber rides and lots of self-guided tours (walking). What did we do before Google Maps?
Our first stop was to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. With so many emotions from this day I decided to share more about this Memorial in a future post.
I don’t have photos inside the museum, but my son captured this one outside.
After the Memorial, we wanted to do something outside and to shake the heaviness in our hearts.
HIGH LINE PARK
We took advantage of the warm temps and made our way to the High Line Park; a 1.5 mile elevated linear path. Elevated is the keyword. Oh and don’t confuse the High Line park with High Land park. #wink
I loved this sign for storage company on a nearby building. I took it while standing on the High Line.
On my must-see NYC site list was Chelsea Market.
When my son opened the heavy, wood and iron door into the market he looked over his shoulder and said, “Oh mom you are going to love this place.”
He was happy once we found him a crepe place! Full stomach; happy child (no matter what the age). He parked himself at a little bistro while I took in a few more shops.
I loved that the entire building and every shop was decorated for fall and Halloween. Corn stalks, gourds, and pumpkins were everywhere. We did a little shopping and picked up some fun NYC maps to frame for his room remodel.
This was the only “selfie” we got. I was completely cut out of the photo and my son was psyched to see his bracelet “made the crop.
We had so much fun in Central Park on Saturday we returned Sunday afternoon. Did I mention the weather was amazing with sun and 75 degree temps the entire trip? So happy we packed shorts! I love the benches and the architectural elements in the Park. I had so much fun taking a few random shots.
This is a favorite photo from Central Park.
Of course, we had to check out the tennis courts inside the Park. We had a great time talking to staff at the public tennis courts managed by the City Parks & Rec. The very public courts got a little social media spike when Roger Federer was spotted warming up before the US Open a few weeks ago. Oh.. insert selfie fail #23 right here.
And finally, did I mention how much I loved this photo taken in the park? You might see it again! A huge thank you to Heather from Our Life in a Click for her NYC suggestions.