dorm Five days in New York – Itinerary for a family trip PART 2

For our moment day, we had booked for our son a vast surprise. Well, it was now not surprising, simply with the aid of the fact she already knew what we had been going to, however it was for him absolutely the foremost motive to come to America, we seek advice from our go to to the American Museum of Natural History of New York.

To make this visit, we awakened very early, anything simpler resulting from the time difference with Europe, which naturally led us to get up very early.

So, once we had our breakfast, we walked to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. From our lodge to the Museum had been about four kms stroll but, what we needed was to even stroll the streets of New York simply with the aid of the fact it was what we liked the most. More than probably one of the foremost noted attractions of the city, we adore simply walking combined within the crowd. Of course, it helped to hold the stroller for our son, each time he wished to rest, he might sit down and take a nap, as the times had been extreme but filled with fun.

Madison Avenue and Chrysler Building

This time we opted to walk alongside Madison Avenue, that's parallel to 5th Avenue but now not as magnificent but value seeing. What attracted us most was the Chrysler Building, to which we didn't pass up (it's now not possible) but we took the possibility to word from beneath and, till coming into your hall, what you'll be able to do for unfastened and have entry there to news about your construction.

This constructing is one in every of the hallmarks of the city, and though it's now not the tallest constructing within the metropolis (it was basically the tallest within the international about a year, till being overtaken via the Empire State Building), it's certainly magnificent and, very cute. As it was a sunny day, it was even extra beautiful.

After this transient visit, we continued north to our 59th street, proper subsequent to Central Park, previous the Trump Tower, which isn't one in every of probably one of the foremost magnificent in New York.

Columbus Circle and Trump International Hotel and Tower

Probably staying on the lodge might be a huge journey but, concerning the constructing itself, its exterior, we can't say that it was the only that inspired us most on our journey by means of New York. Right subsequent door is the Columbus Circle which, it's a rotunda, pretty but, nothing special.

We don't recognize if it's simply due to the fact we've now not viewed extra rotundas in Manhattan that they believe this so different but, we also don't suggest that right the following come simply to see the roundabout. However, as it's very properly based and is certainly one of the gateways to Central Park, you could perhaps come right the following and be certain to take your photos.

Dakota Building and Strawberry Fields

Next to Columbus Circle, we entered Central Park but our objective was to now not discover the park yet as we needed to head for the American Museum of Natural History. Strolling by means of Central Park within the morning was delightful, seeing the folks working within the morning, the serenity and obviously the squirrels, who left our son filled with joy, simply due to the fact in Portugal it's uncommon to see them.

But our stroll by means of Central Park to the American Museum of Natural History had an intermediate purpose, which was to go to the Strawberry Fields as properly as see the noted Dakota Building, although noted for unfavourable reasons. As you might know, it was at this constructing that John Lennon was murdered by Chapman on the night of 8 December 1980. 
This tragic occasion has continually marked the international of music, and one can't but appear at this constructing with sadness, so we didn't take too lengthy our presence with him. Already absolutely other is the feeling of arriving subsequent to Strawberry Fields, a memorial in Central Park proper subsequent to the building. And proper perfect here it appears which you simply breathe peace and love. On the flooring you'll discover a mosaic of stones, nicely in Portuguese, with the inscription Imagine proper within the center, and it's common to have musicians gambling and singing Beatles songs.

The folks round them appeared to be in communion, to celebrate the inheritance of peace and love that John Lennon sought to depart within the world. This feeling was considered one of the finest of our go to and New York and, we recommend, be certain to go to this space, we truly trust you'll love it.


The Dakota 1 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023.

American Museum of Natural History of New York

Our son was already getting anxious, simply due to the fact what he truly needed was to cross to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and that was our subsequent destination, finally.

This museum is HUGE. It will maybe be impossible to see everything with the care you deserve in one day, so you'll maybe ought to make choices. For our son, the remaining objective was to see the animals and dinosaurs, and it was from that attitude that we guided our visit. We also assume that those are maybe the highlights of the visit. You too can go to the brief exhibition and the planetarium, whose front is paid separately.
For us, the best highlights of the exhibition had been the dinosaur wing, wonderful series they have but we also beloved seeing the planets and meteors, Lucy's skeleton and needless to say the vast and pretty blue whale suspended.


Well, as for the tickets, they soar from $ 23USD for adults and $ 13USD for toddlers for the widely wide-spread exhibition, the position you possibly can see the 45 Halls of the exhibition. However, there's the chance of including one or extra sports to this tour, that may growth the fee of the go to (For extra detailed information, see HERE and acquire your tickets online).

But, there's one question, that is as follows. There is just now not any duty to pay the ticket as a whole. This news we found earlier than we made our ride and though we had been now not selected of the reason, we learn that it might be as the grounds for the Museum had been given the condition of being capable to supply a cultural provider to its friends and, thus, now not being so short of the charged on the entrance.

Therefore, in the event you happen to do now not desire to pay the ticket in full, you'll ought to acquire your ticket on the ticket counter, this choice isn't seemingly online. Then the actual query is, how a lot to pay?

Let's be honest, the ride to NYC, for our budget, was pricey and needless to say we had been within the temper to shop on everything we wanted. However, we also realize the importance of museums and the should have price range to hold and enhance their activity, so we didn't desire to pass virtually free. Briefly, we needed to pay a fee that we viewed fair, even simply due to the fact we might now not see the complete museum, simply due to the fact selected elements might be plenty less exciting for our son.

So, we decided to pay $40 USD for the three (two adults and one child). It allowed us to shop a few price range (which we might quit up spending in a snack within the Museum cafe, which may be very good) but we didn't disrespect the Museum, which we viewed wonderful! Unmissable. It was complete insanity for our son, from the time we walked in till we left. For anybody traveling with youngsters to NYC, that's truly a location to go, we adore it.

As we mentioned, we lunched inner the Museum and that's one other nice high caliber of the museum, as there's a vast meals courtroom there, as nicely as three well-located cafes and a few bathrooms, that is all the time principal on a ride with children.


American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West and 79th St, New York City, NY 10024


The Museum is open day by day from 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m., merely closes on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Lunch at Shake Shack

Something we had already learn and needed to attempt was a meal at Shake Shack. Unfortunately, their hamburgers haven't yet arrived in Portugal, but whilst studying about what to consume in New York, there had been a few folks who mentioned that they had adored them, so we needed to attempt to supply our opinion, which

I ought to say is high high caliber so a lot so that we ate there back throughout our stay.There are already a few Shake Shack in Manhattan (you can HERE the map), there's a brief stroll to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
We had read that the queues may be huge but, perhaps merely as a consequence of the actuality we arrived a little bit bit past due (around 2pm), although it was very crowded, the in a position time was now now not sufficient and it was highly fast to get a table to sit down. This may be one with advice, store clear of the hectic hours, merely as a consequence of the actuality there queues and in a position time may make your meal a lot a great deal less pleasurable.

As for what we choose, everything we ate was very good but even although we are now now not vegetarians, we also tried the veggie burger from Shake Shack and are compelled to say it was the finest we have ever eaten. And the potatoes with cheese, merely divine.

Another good degree is that given the excessive quality of the food, it really is by way of way of many ranked as one among the finest places to eat, charges are highly affordable, allowing you to have a delicious meal and maintain interior your budget.


Shake Shack, 366 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Check HERE for prices.

Central Park

After a good lunch, we have been enjoyable and strolling by way of way of Central Park, it really is huge !!! It was perfect because, our son fell asleep during the ride, slept a good nap and still awoke in time to enjoy the park and delight once again with the squirrels.

We suggest that, besides Strawberry Fields, take the probability to see the Belvedere Castle in Central Park, stroll alongside the Great Lawn and get to understand the Shakespeare Garden that is simply off 79th Street.

Also in Central Park you possibly can go to the noted Zoo of the movie Madagascar, which all kids have seen. Unfortunately for anybody visiting New York in 5 days, you can't do everything and this possibility we needed to go away for a moment experience but we actually loved the stroll via the park, and our son delighted to play in considered one of the playgrounds we found.

The Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts

When we talked in regards to the choices, the different NULL we have been compelled to adopt were, for loss of time, to now not go to the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. We basically took time to see their facades, which might be subsequent to Central Park, on 5th Avenue. Many folks will possibly now not agree with our choices, which we don't say are the greatest to do but there's so a lot to see and do in New York that it's now not doable to accomplish everything, equally time and financially.

In regard to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the similar rule applies to the Museum of Natural History, Pay what you want. That is, it's as much as you to pay what you want/can pay.

Grand Central Terminal

On our approach to the Hotel, we got to recognize higher the Grand Central Terminal (we had already admired it from outside). 

And if backyard the station is beautiful, inner is even more. We have all considered this season a number of instances in infinite films, and the kids have also considered it in certainly one of Madagascar's movies and it's value knowing, no doubt.

While walking by means of it, it's impossible to no longer talk about looking the 4-sided clock within the heart of the station, that's the station's noted assembly point. The ceiling is wonderful, an astronomical mural, that's a challenge of the French painter Paul Helleu and represents the sky considered within the Mediterranean among March and October, with extra than 2500 stars !!!! Of those stars, the 60 biggest are illuminated by fiber optics.

We also loved walking alongside the NULL stairways of the station, which are on reverse sides, and move see the lamps which are on equally facets of the important corridor and the Vanderbilt Hall, which for a long time have been concept to be made up of copper but after a actual cleaning, have been found to be of gold. The whole building, over a hundred years old, keeps the exuberance and glamor of the time, that's a appeal within the midsection of New York, all in correct condition.
The cause for our go to to the Grand Central Terminal on the cease of the day was now not fully as a result of the hope to see the station but additionally to ally dinner. At this station, apart from the dear Oyster Bar and Restaurant, there can also be a extensive meals court, utilized via many New Yorkers to purchase their dinner earlier than heading home, and it really is precisely what we did, to discover this edge of purchase our dinner, and end the day consuming in our lodge room because it have been a vast day, and there was rather plenty to stroll the subsequent day.

Do now not overlook to take a stroll round the market and the various outlets that exist there.

We left basically three exciting tips. The first is that, close to Vanderbilt Hall, you may discover an edge referred to as a Whispering Gallery, the place NULL people, every one on their side, can pay attention each different perfectly even in a low voice.

The moment tip is that the Grand Central Terminal gives a unfastened guided tour each Friday at 12.20pm, that will permit you to get to recognise this appeal guided via native lecturers for 90 minutes. To do so, be certain to be earlier than the soar time within the decrease nook of the Whitney Museum foyer after which continue to 1 among the NULL teams which you just always organize.

Lastly, the third tip is in case you happen to hope to retailer on the Apple retailer rather of on the 5th Avenue store, typically fuller, you may do it on the Apple retailer in Grand Central Terminal, which is typically rather plenty a lot less full.
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