Walking around New York for a week with a seven year old was adventuresome and active. We never ran out of things to see and do, and walked 50 blocks a day on average. Carrying around a huge camera was not only cumbersome but unnecessary when you can slip a 4.5 inch, 4.9 ounce phone in your back jean pocket.
So here were my top New York adventures, recorded by my iPhone:
Brooklyn Bridge- Free to walk accross, and so amazingly beautiful. Views of Manhattan skyline, and the Manhattan bridge, this ended up on the top of my list. We even spit “Brooklyn” gum off the side after making a wish, a tradition I hadn’t heard of until that day, avoiding car windshields and open sunroofs was a relief.
Central Park: This was first on my list. After seeing countless movies and shows filmed here, I knew it would be cool- but I was not prepared for the Springtime tulips planted everywhere. It was beautiful. And huge! It was nice to let CJ play in a few of the playgrounds giving him a chance to make a few friends and just play.
Sony Wonderlab: This was a total surprise. It was a technology and entertainment museum full of hands on exhibits that were engaging and informative. We learned how to broadcast a news report, preform virtual surgery, control robots, create animation, edit videos, and mix music to name a few.
Top of the Rock: 30 Rockefeller has an observation deck that competes with Empire state buildings views, but with a plus! You can see the Empire State building.
Dylan’s Candy Bar: A candy store full of every imaginable candy creation you could dream up, and a bathtub full of gumballs. Do I need to say more?
Statue of Liberty: This went on my son’s list first. He was so excited to see this, it was almost more fun to watch him than to even look at the statue.
Times Square: Sitting on these red steps people watching was the perfect end to each day.
Baseball: Yankee’s, Met’s and Phillies are all a train or subway ride away. We fit all three in, and although we loved them all, nothing can compare to the energy and enthusiasm of the Yankee crowd. Batting practice was a great way to get settled into the ballpark, and offered the best opportunity to get a genuine leather souvenir.
Although I have a few pictures with my canon 5d that I love, and could never live without, it was nice to have a few days that we could leave that big thing back at the hotel.