Bar Harbor, Maine
New York City, New York
The big apple! Our hotel called the NYMA is not a recommendation. It was a dirty 1970’s college dorm at best. Don’t trust pictures online and don’t think that NYC is your spot to make hotel budget moves.
We woke up and headed straight to the Today Show. I wouldn’t recommend this for kids. They are too short to see anything unless you are there at the butt crack of dawn and even then, the gates are really high for kids. We ended up sitting in the cozy and adjacent Bouchon Bakery which was a great view from the bar window with a delicious croissant.
We walked a few blocks to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and checked that out quickly before walking to Times Square. Not a long stop here before we found the M&Ms store and made some custom printed M&Ms. Super cool souvenir but not a “must go” in my opinion.
We strolled a bit and found people promoting bikes in Central Park. This was SO much fun!!! We rented the bikes for 5 hours and rode around the park about 15 times. The traffic is very light and safe. You’re amongst horse-drawn carriages and bikers so it’s a pleasant ride. We stopped at Tavern on the Green for lunch and continued riding until the early evening – stopping for fresh crepes with Nutella;) Max was over the moon for the entire 5 hours and it’s probably my most treasured memory of this trip. “This is the best day ever mama!!”
As if THAT wasn’t enough, we went back to the hotel, rested for a bit and took the subway to the Yankees game. Aaron Judge hit some homers, I ate a stadium dog and Sammy passed out on the train home. Don’t take the subway home OR don’t wait until the game is over. Leave early. The train was extremely crowded, ticketing lines were over an hour long, and there were hardly any seats. The fans were hammered and happy though so that was entertaining.
We grabbed an Uber to Battery Park to hop onto our ferry to the Statue of Liberty (no advance tickets necessary). I wanted to go up to the crown of Lady Lib. but those tickets were sold out like 5 months in advance. I was able to pre-purchase a “Pedestal” ticket 5 months out though so I grabbed that. It was $55 for all 4 of us and it was neat to not only bypass the lines but go up a bit higher than her feet.
We ate lunch on the island and the food was to be expected. Such an iconic piece of US history – the kids loved it. We hopped on the ferry to Ellis Island afterward. There’s a LOT to take in on Ellis Island so I suggest go straight to a Park Ranger and get a tour. The guide walks you around the museum in a small group, including a stroll outside under the shade of the trees with a view of Manhattan. Our guide told us the story of a woman who came over from Ireland and all of the turmoil associated with the journey. At the end he revealed that person was his great grandmother and it was just TOO cool. He was the bees knees. Find this ranger!
Journeyed home to shop a little and pack. That’s a wrap on the east coast. Day 10 was travel home. But not before Max got locked inside the one-er bathroom at the hotel and we couldn’t find him. Traumatizing – and now funny.