After our visit to West Point, we headed back down to New York City to spend a long weekend. We stayed right in Manhattan in the Mid-town area and were complete tourists, hitting many of the major attractions during our short stay. It was our first visit to the Big Apple, and even though we have been to many big cities around the world, NYC is in a league all by itself. It is unique, chaotic, vibrant, crowded, overwhelming, charming, diverse…so many things.
We wasted no time jumping into tourist mode, heading straight for the top of the Empire State Building to take in the fantastic views of the New York City area.
We went to Times Square to people-watch and to try to get discount tickets to a Broadway show.
There were plenty of people to watch, but we were unsuccessful in getting any cheap tickets to a show.
Our visit to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum was more interesting than I had anticipated.
Those of us who are particularly interested in the military really enjoyed exploring this aircraft carrier.
The deck of the ship was home to a collection of various aircrafts, none of which I know anything about. Our oldest helped fill us in on the details. I made the kids pose by this plane because their high school mascot is a Tiger. They were not impressed, but it was early in the trip so they were still cooperating with my picture requests.
To escape the heat, we took a sight-seeing boat tour around the island of Manhattan. This is a view of the southern tip of Manhattan where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center used to stand.
We strolled around Central Park and found the Balto statue that we had read about years ago in a children’s book. Balto was a sled dog that led a team in the final leg of transporting medicine to the small town of Nome, Alaska in 1925 to combat an outbreak of diptheria. At the end of the children’s book (that I surely read hundreds of times while they were growing up), it mentions that a statue of Balto still stands in Central Park in New York City. Our daughter came up with the idea of finding the statue on our visit.
We got up early on Sunday morning to take the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
We disembarked from the ferry on Ellis Island and took a tour of the Immigrant Museum. Strolling through the exhibits that told the story of the millions of immigrants that came to America and were processed here between 1892 and 1954 was very moving.
In the evening, we did the “Top of the Rock” attraction, which is going to the top of the Rockefeller Center. We loved the views because instead of being at the top of the Empire State Building, you could actually see the Empire State Building.
Although I am passionate about traveling, seeing new places, and having new experiences, there is definitely no place like home. Truth is, we are not big city folk. At heart, we are just two farm kids.