I love rituals and a trip to New York City is one of those traditions all families should experience with their children. My daughter's first visit to the Big Apple was when she was eight and we attended my cousin's wedding. What a wonderful trip that was! We spent time exploring Little Italy, Chinatown, took the Staten Island Ferry to see Lady Liberty in all her glory and went to the top of the Twin Towers. She's all grown up now and visits New York as often as she can. So all these years later, it was time for the tradition to continue with her two girls, seven and two.
We made the trip into a family reunion during spring holiday season.
We met friends from Boston and we all stayed down at the Battery, one of the more somber areas in the city.
We could see the Freedom Tower from our hotel window on one side and the Statue of Liberty from the other.
Walking around the neighborhood we found great restaurants and wonderful bars and historic sites.
The kids celebrated their first subway journey, first Broadway show, first real New York style pizza, first cab ride. So many firsts we couldn't keep up.
Each day we walked for miles, stopped for yummy food and did a lot of people watching. We visited Chinatown, Little Italy, rode over bridges, saw Hamilton's grave.
We walked through Central Park and rode the Sea Glass Carousel. By the end of each day we were exhausted but ready to get up and do it all again!
And of course we caught up with the family! Sweet!
A trip to Manhattan is a ritual for kids of all ages! With so much to see and do, one trip is just not going to be enough!