Some of our neighbors said we were completely crazy to take a "whirl-wind trip" to New York City, but there were so many things we still wanted to do that we couldn't pass up the chance. My Mother decided to come along with us since she hadn't ever been to the city. I was so excited to take her with us, it was hard to sleep the night before!
Our first stop was Central Park. There is a great App (Best Parking) you can download that provides parking garage prices and a map to show you where each garage is located in the vicinity. Some parking garages require you to download a coupon at least 30 minutes prior to arrival in order to use it. Not a bad option if you plan ahead. I will note that not all prices are correct. The first garage we stopped at wanted to charge $50 for a couple hours. We located the next closest garage and were able to park for $27. A little shopping around can definitely pay off!
Our day began pretty eventful. On the way to the park, we found this (see pic below) pretty water fountain, just across the street from The Plaza. The kids started walking around the fountain, climbing up the stairs on the back.
Little E decided to walk around the fountain and up the front side. As I am sure you can tell by the picture below, she walked right into the water. She must have been thinking she could walk on water! Hehe... Fortunately it was a nice day outside, so she dried off pretty quickly. And yes, she is wearing HOT pink lipstick. My little fashionista.
I think it's wonderful that there is such a beautiful park in the middle of such a busy city where people can escape from all the hustle and bustle. In just the short distance we traveled through Central Park, we were able to see a carnival, take a ride on the historic Carousel, catch a ball game, and enjoy many historic landmarks.
Dairy Visitor Center
The Dairy Visitor Center has been used for many reasons over the years. It was once used as a place people could go to get milk and snacks, and now it is one of the five visitor's centers.
Strawberry Fields is a memorial for John Lennon. My Mom has always been a Beatles fan, so I knew we just couldn't miss the chance to stop by and pay our respects. This was one of the busier landmarks we visited.
Fun at the Mall and Literary Walk
The Mall and Literary Walk
Hopefully next time we visit Central Park we will be able to see more that it has to offer, and possibly visit the Zoo.