The last week of May, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory (Noah’s cousin) flew out from South Dakota to visit us and see the sights. (Yeah, we’re slowly catching up on blog posts!) While they were here, we made a short overnight trip to New York City. This was Noah’s first trip to NYC – he was so excited to see the tall buildings!
We woke up early (really early!) to catch our 5:00 a.m. Amtrak train from Union Station in Washington, DC.
If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah loves trains, and he was especially excited to ride the Amtrak with Cory and Grandpa Rod!
It took about 3 ½ hours to get to Penn Station in NYC. After we dropped off our luggage at the hotel, we grabbed a quick snack. Yeah, the best donuts in Manhattan are from the street vendor on the corner of 33rd St. and 8th Ave. Make note! Ha.
Then we walked to the Empire State Building. We rode the high-speed elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory and saw some incredible panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond. Check it out!
After lunch we headed to South Street Seaport for a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River. Here are a few fun photos of our crew boarding the Zephyr…
On our 60-minute cruise, we saw the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lots and lots of skyscrapers!
Here are a few fun facts that we learned from our tour guide: 1) Lady Liberty is now 130 years old; 2) she was designed by the same engineer that designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris; and 3) she stands 111 feet tall, her nose is four and a half feet long, and her waist is 36 feet in circumference. Pretty incredible!
And here’s a photo of Cory on the Brooklyn Bridge…
Next we visited the 9/11 Memorial.
Here is Cory standing in front of the Survivor Tree at the memorial…
Then we headed back to the hotel to relax. Some of us stayed in for the night (it had been a busy day already!), but Cory and Aunt Jenny were ambitious and walked to Times Square.
The rest of us grabbed a quick bite at the restaurant on the 26th floor roof deck of our hotel. Check out this great view! Madison Square Garden (where the New York Knicks play basketball) is the circular-shaped building on the left – yep, just down the street.
Here is a photo of the Empire State Building that Cory and Aunt Jenny snapped on their way back from Times Square – very cool!
The next morning, Noah and Grandpa Rod went on early walk to find coffee and chocolate milk. It didn’t take long since there is a Starbucks on every corner there! Ha.
After that we all split ways so that we could see different things. Noah really wanted to go to the new Lego store, and since it was hot, hot, hot that day, that was fine with me. Noah had a great time playing in the Lego Lounge and looking at the many awesome Lego creations, including a street scene of the Flatiron District (the neighborhood where the Lego store is located). So cool!
While Noah and I relaxed in the air conditioning, Cory and Aunt Jenny were busy walking around and visiting Madison Square Garden, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park. Yes, they were adventurous!
We all met back up later that afternoon and had a quick bite before heading to Penn Station to catch our train back to DC.
Here are a few photos from our ride home. As a fun side note, my phone has an app that clocks the your speed. Our train got up to 126 miles per hour – wow!
Stay tuned to read more about our week with Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory. We have many more fun adventures to share!