7.16.2012

New York City With Kids

We aren't strangers to NYC, having in-laws born and raised there and the hubs living in upstate NY his whole life. One thing we hadn't done, though, was take our kids there. After our first trip with them last weekend, I can't wait to do it again. Here are the details of our kid friendly Big Apple adventure. 
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We started in Battery Park because I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. I am supposed to climb it for my 101 in 1001 list, but that isn't happening with kids. I also realized I have no desire to climb 354 narrow stairs. So, I'm giving myself partial credit.Photobucket
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Vendor cart ice cream. It was 95 degrees and we just couldn't say no, even though I stupidly dressed my kid in white shorts. 
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There is no lack of splash pads in the City. They come in handy for washing said ice cream off of a child. And his shorts. 


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I have always wanted to ride the ferris wheel in Times Square's Toys-R-Us. Bringing our kids gave us the perfect excuse to do it. It was a surprisingly long ride and at $5 per person, not totally a rip off. 
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Pretty much all of Cooper's favorite characters were roaming Times Square. Shrek motioned for a picture and I was happy to get one. It was after it was taken that he held up his little "alms for the poor" bag and cocked his head to the side. Sucker. 
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Dylan's Candy Bar. Enough said, right? Mine and my kids dream come true. 

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My absolute favorite part of New York City is Central Park. We went early on Saturday for a run and some adventure finding. We used our (safely seated in the stroller) child to take our picture since we got engaged on that bridge 9 years ago!
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The park is filled with playgrounds that we've never noticed before. They are all fenced in, so it is relaxing for parents to sit and watch their kids play.
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Mid-park, at 64th street, is the famous Central Park Carousel. It is the 4th one that has been in the park since 1871. This one happens to be a vintage one that was abandoned at Coney Island and restored to be in the park. The tickets are $2.50 per person. Again, surprisingly reasonable for what it is. 
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Walking the park and 5th Avenue to see all the stores is the perfect time to let your kids nap in the stroller from their tiring morning. 
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It's also a great time to stop for cannolis and coffee!
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The most important thing, I think, when going to New York City is where to stay. It becomes even more important when you bring kids. First, you need a great location. We picked Marriott's Renaissance New York Hotel 57. Located at 57th and Park Ave, it's only a few blocks from the south entrance to Central Park, just under 1 mile to Times Square and has tons of shopping right around it. Its a swanky boutique hotel, but totally kid friendly. The staff was amazing and the price was reasonable for the City. There was a mini fridge in our room that came in handy when we brought our John's pizza back. (Go there. Seriously, yum.) 
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The MOST important part? We got a room with a terrace. That way, we put the kids to bed and were still able to enjoy the City and the gorgeous views. They also have a rooftop terrace with a bar that was not crowded at all. 
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After, of course, the little one got a little peek at where we were going to be while he slept.
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We weren't excited or anything...
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Another thing your kids will love? A baseball game. We ventured into Queens and went to a Met game. It was hot but totally a blast. 
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Cooper is already begging to go again. I am sure we will be planning many more NYC trips with our kiddos in the future! 

22 comments:

  1. LOVE this! Our timeshare just got a place in NYC and I really want to take McK! I think we'd add a Broadway show and the American Girl store.

    Looks like y'all had a BLAST!

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  2. Omg New York looks so awesome from the pictures I've never been there. but I've always wanted to go and I know where I'd go first I'd Dylan's candy store yummmmm....

    so glad you had such a great time..

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  3. We recently relocated to NYC (Hubs is a Newyorker) and even thought I was so against it, I'm finding the city to have so many things for the kids thank I imagine and that even a train ride is so much fun for them.

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  4. Going to New York City is on my bucket list! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Glad to see some kid friendly places in the Big City!

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  5. Love seeing a trip to NYC with Kiddos in tow, makes me think this isn't a far off idea for a trip some day! Very cool! & Fun! :)

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  6. You have an adorable little family. It looks like you guys had a blast! It's been far too long since I've been in NYC.

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  7. YAY! I always love reading posts of when people come to visit my city!!! There really is no greater place to be/visit :-)

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  8. First, holy moly, I'm sure you hear this a lot, but Callan is so your twin it's not even funny.

    Second, do you mean to tell me that Coop took that pic of you and hubs? Budding photographer! He did a great job! Can't wait til I can get in on having Ben take our pictures.

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  9. I love going into the city! I live about an hour train ride away now so we go explore whenever we can. Love all your pictures looks like u had a blast.

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  10. Hold up, Back it up a second...You got engaged on that central park bridge 9 years ago! GET OUT! I got engaged on that Central park bridge 8 years ago!

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  11. So sweet! Your kids are precious. It looks like y'all had a blast.

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  12. Love all these pics! You are my hero for taking your kids to NYC!! You've just inspired me!

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  13. You make me want to book at trip to NYC right now. Seriously...I'm already on Orbitz :-)

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  14. It sounds like you had an amazing trip!

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  15. So fun! Forget the kids. I want to go next! Hehe :-)

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  16. Pinning this post! You could link up with my tips and tricks tuesdays for moms too!

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  17. That looks like so much fun, you have an adorable family!

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  18. That candy shop looks amazing! Love the picture of you two!

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  19. Looks like so much fun. We love NYC but have not gone since having my 2nd baby. Did you not take any public transpo? And seriously a night on the rooftop bar, Did you have a sitter with you or did the hotel offer that as a service?

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  20. Looks like so much fun. We love NYC but have not gone since having my 2nd baby. Did you not take any public transpo? And seriously a night on the rooftop bar, Did you have a sitter with you or did the hotel offer that as a service?

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  21. What a great trip! You got some really cute pictures! Love the last one!

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  22. Looks like a great family trip!!! I have never been to the East coast, it looks like a lot of fun!

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