Before we made our trip to NYC we did some research and purchased a 2 day bus tour that included a New York City pass to MANY attractions. So that is what we did for the next 2 days. Our first day on Saturday, we did the "downtown tour" (which is the green loop on this link). We boarded a bus that we could hop on and off when we wanted and they had guides point out various places etc...
|The boys are thrilled and really looking forward to me taking their picture and this was one of the firsts!! Here we are on the Hop on/off bus...|
|WE stopped at the Empire State Building - couldn't quite get the entire building in the pic. We went inside the building and did the "Sky Ride" it was okay. We didn't wait in the extremely long line to go to the top...|
|I love these old style looking buildings...|
|This was a memorial type corner that MANY elementary schools around the nation sent tiles to commemorate the 911 World Trade Center attack.|
|A cool pic of Empire State building...|
|I thought the "Don't honk" sign was funny - kinda reminded me of some signs in China:)|
|Rebuilding the World Trade Center - I wanted to go to the Visitors Center but the boys weren't up for walking around to try to find it:(|
|We took a sail boat around the harbor and around Ellis Island - this was Brayden's choice to take a sail boat - Taylor & i was worried about getting sick but we made it through...|
|On the boat|
|Brayden helping to raise the sails...|
|I enjoyed watching all the work the deck hands had to do... First they gathered the rope into this big pile...|
|Then they made another pile with it - apparently this is so when the sails come down then the rope doesn't get tangled.|
|We saw the Statue of Liberty from the boat.|
|Me & my hubby - i pretty much didn't move from this seat:)|
|Statue of Liberty with "happy" boys:)|
|This too reminded me of China - however, it was near Chinatown!|
|We went back to Rockefeller Center and to "The Top of the Rock" for these awesome views - this is of Central Park.|
|A view towards "uptown"|
|A View towards downtown with the WHOLE FAMILY!|
|We then waited about an hr to be seated at Bubba Gump's overlooking Times Square|
The next series of pics were at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Taylor was really getting into this and wanted his pic taken with almost every figure - it did take him a bit to get warmed up but then he was unstoppable - maybe he'll be a model one day - LOL!
It was a very full & extremely hot day - record breaking temps in the city while we were there. Time to get rested up for another day...