Ok, let’s get this adventure started!
After checking into the hotel and getting settled, we loaded up the girls and headed out, ready to take on the city.
We grabbed lunch at City Kitchen , a Times Square Food Market (at 8th Ave. and 44th St.) that has seven different vendors in it, kind of like an upscale food court. They had everything from burgers, to donuts to tacos and the prices were really reasonable. The selection was great since we had littles to feed as well as ourselves and they have a really cool view.
After lunch, we headed off to Fifth Avenue. Our first stop…St. Patrick’s Cathedral (at 5th Ave. & 50th St.). One of my absolute favorite spots in the city. I could sit in here for hours and soak up all of the beauty of this church. The doors opened for the first time back in 1878 and has been recently restored. It is truly breathtaking. If you want to attend a service while you’re in town, their schedule is posted on their website here.
After walking around St. Patrick’s for a little while, we headed up Fifth Avenue towards Central Park. There are so many shops to see along this walk…Cartier, Zara, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman & Harry Winston to name a few. Bring some serious spending money if you want to shop in any of these stores! (Heads up though…Tiffany & Co. has an entire floor of sterling silver jewelry, which is great for a more affordable shopping option. Going home with a blue box from the NYC store is always a great memory!)
Regardless of your political views, Trump Tower is a something to see while walking up Fifth Avenue, especially right now. There is so much security surrounding it and they have some pretty tough police officers guarding the main entrance. I am including this in my post as a heads up because there are barricades around the building and also a lot of tourists. Adalyn LOVES police officers (& says she wants to be one when she grows up), so she naturally was drawn to the officers guarding the entrance. I was able to get a pic of her with one of them and he gave her an actual NYPD patch! She was SO excited! I captured her excitement in a photo, but unfortunately the lady behind her was showing her opinion that Trump is #1 (I edited it out). You gotta love New York! LOL!
Ahhhhhh…Central Park! My favorite spot in the city! Now that we have littles, we spend a lot of time here when we’re in town. I love to walk down The Mall, the wide walkway that is covered by the canopy of the large trees on either side to the Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain. Bethesda Terrace has been completely renovated and has gorgeous tile ceilings and beautiful paintings on the walls. You can usually find some form of entertainment while you’re in this area, like singing or dancing. The fountain is stunning and large. It is a very popular spot in the park, so expect a lot of people, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
There are so many places in Central Park to visit and we have not seen even half of them. I just recommend exploring and let the paths take you where they will and stopping at anything that interests you. They even have a zoo in Central Park, but we decided to not spend the money on that and to just explore instead. The Bow Bridge is another iconic spot and makes for beautiful photos. (The adorable NYC swaddle blanket that Charlotte is snuggled up with is from Loulou Lollipop. Check it out and the other cities they have too!*)
Adalyn’s favorite spot in the park is the Sheep Meadow. It is a large grassy area that is perfect for either relaxing on a blanket (I recommend bringing a blanket that you can fit in your bag like a Monkey Mat), or for little ones to run and play with new friends. Adalyn always manages to make friends in Central Park and this trip was no different. She met a little girl from London, then a brother and sister from Holland. They played for over an hour….running, wrestling, climbing rocks and playing soccer. It was so wonderful to watch her having such a great time!
I used the time that Adalyn was occupied playing to do a photo shoot for Charlotte’s 1st birthday in Central Park with her wearing her adorable watercolor pretzel romper from Sincerely Scout. (Adalyn has a treasure pocket skirt in the same pattern and it is equally adorable!) It was so much fun to get to celebrate her turning one with these special photos!
After we were all exhausted from walking and playing we walked back to our hotel. On the way we stopped to grab chicken and rice platters for us and the girls from The Halal Guys. They have two food carts located on opposite corners at 53rd Street and 6th Avenue–you can’t miss them…they have yellow and red signs and umbrellas, but be sure to confuse them with the ones at the next street. Look for their name and a line of people. They do also have storefront restaurants as well (there are even several locations in the Dallas area too!), but we prefer the convenience of the food carts. It’s so easy to grab dinner and take it back to our room. Their platters are only $8.00 and they can easily feed two people. The girls love them too! (Make sure to try the white sauce that comes with them…it’s delicious!)
After we all ate dinner, we headed to bed. We had been up since around 3am and were absolutely exhausted.
Check out more of our adventures to The Big Apple:
(*I received the NYC swaddle blanket for free from Loulou Lollipop in exchange for my posts)