On a hot July day, I decided that we needed to travel down to New York City for the day. We ended up taking a tour bus down, so we did not need to worry about driving, fighting the city traffic, or finding a place to park our car. That was the best decision that I ever made! We began our day in Times Square, because that's where the tour bus driver dropped us off.
We chose to venture away from Times Square, because I knew that I wanted to eat dinner there before we left the city. We started to walk North towards Radio City Music Hall. I know that my husband wanted to see the building, but I dream of being able to see the Rockette's Christmas Show one of these years. That wasn't going to happen in July though!
We continued on to Rockefeller Center and entered that building. It is very easy to get lost inside there, just ask how I know. I managed to get in and then we wanted to exit out the other side, and well, it took a while to figure it out! I wanted to see where the ice skating rink and big Christmas tree are during the winter months. I was amazed that during the warmer weather, they turn the ice skating rink into outdoor seating for the upscale restaurant there.
After a quick stop into the Lego store, we walked across the street to St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were still renovating the inside of the Cathedral, but we were able to go inside and walk around anyway. It is absolutely breathtaking inside and I simply sat and looked around in awe. My family was not thrilled about the sitting, but I didn't want to move for a while. Before we left, we each lit a candle for our family and friends in Heaven.
As you probably have realized by now, we did a lot of walking during our time in the city. We could have hailed a taxi, but we would have missed out on so much if we had. After the Cathedral, we arrived at Central Park. As much as I wanted to go inside the Central Park Zoo, I knew that we couldn't since our time was so limited. Instead, we found a tree and ate our lunch underneath it in the shade. I had packed a picnic lunch for all of us, but I noticed that Potbelly was located in Rockefeller Center. If I had known that ahead of time, I would have purchased our lunch there. Their sandwiches are amazingly delicious!
We wandered aimlessly throughout the park after our lunch and discovered so much. We saw where they tape the concert series for Good Morning America, the Romeo and Juliet Gardens, and Belvedere Castle. Whenever you see the temperature of New York City on a newscast, you will want to think about the castle. Whatever the temperature is at the castle is the temperature that the weather people use for the entire city.
As we were heading back to Times Square, we realized that you never know what you will see when you are in New York City. We passed a group of adults who were dressed up in costume as they were leading their children through the park. I do have a picture, but it is quite blurry, so I am not going to share it.
We chose to eat at Planet Hollywood when we were in Times Square as it seems to be our go to restaurant when we are in the city. I can't even count how many times we have been there now. We all love looking at the decor as we are in the restaurant. There's just something about a plane or car hanging over your head as you are enjoying your dinner!
After dinner, we made quick stops at M&M World and the Hershey Chocolate Store. You can't leave the city without a stop for chocolate!
We had a long day of walking, but it was a lot of fun! I highly recommend that people go to New York City and spend a few days there. There is so much to do and see. We live so close, so we usually do day trips, but it is totally possible to go for a week or even two and never be bored.
If you need any ideas of what to do while in the city, let me know. I would be happy to help you out!