OK, I’ve shown you the pretty pictures and shared tips on how to have a cheap day trip to New York City. And I’ve hinted to the fact that the trip was rather difficult. Today I am going to tell it like it is, nothing held back. Honestly, in the end I think we all came home with good memories of our day in New York, but BOY did we have to work for our fun.
The day got off to a rough start when we boarded our 7:58am train. I was expecting the 3 hour train ride to be one of the kids’ favorite parts of the trip – an adventure in itself – but I never suspected that a Saturday morning train would be completely sold out and already full by the time we got on board.
After sitting on the floor near some luggage for 20 minutes, we were told that there were some empty seats on the very first car. We trudged through a few cars and did find some seats, but they were not ideal. And by “not ideal” I mean that we had to sit in the row where the seats were facing each other, and the “leg space” was non-existent. Three inches between seats is simply not enough room for a family’s worth of legs to squeeze in.
Let’s just say that our day started off with lots of climbing over and on top of Mom, whining about personal space, and shoving of knees.
By the time we arrived in New York City, we were all tired and a little grumpy.
The day was long. As much as I love New York City, I expected my kids to love it, too. Instead, I heard a lot of “I’m hungry” and “I’m cold” and “Can we go home now?” The lines for the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty were horrendous (I’m assuming that the lines were because of President’s Day Weekend) and we just barely squeezed onto the very last ferry to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. I was determined to make it work, but there were a few people who voiced their discontent with the whole process.
Amazingly, everyone’s attitudes did a complete turn-around when we stepped out of the Subway station into Times Square at 5:30pm. The sun was almost down and the lights were coming on. The kids were fascinated.
They loved everything about New York City at night. They had new energy and no longer asked me if we could go home. In our rush to find a quick and cheap place to eat dinner – where we could sit down inside (a key factor!) – we ended up spending nearly an hour in….SUBWAY. I refused to eat a Subway sandwich in NYC, so KitKat, Twizzler, and I walked down to the nearest kebab kiosk and ordered ourselves some street food.
Luckily, Subway worked perfectly for those most *critical* family members…
Thank goodness our ride home was less crowded that our ride to the city. Everyone had some space, and everyone was able to rest.
Like I said, the day ended well, but it was so much work. I’m glad we did it, but I won’t be rushing back….with kids. Now, going to New York with friends? That’s a WHOLE other story.
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