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Old 05-10-2019, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I've been to NYC before (and I'll admit that it's not my favorite by a long shot), but other than going to the Bronx Zoo, my kids have not. We will be up that way in August and plan to take the train into the city for a full day. My daughter and I will see a Broadway matinee, so that will eat up a few hours in the afternoon. Not sure what my husband and son will do during that time. The rest of the time, we'll explore together. If you were traveling to NYC with two older teens who had never been (but have been to other large cities here in the USA and also abroad), what are a few things you'd prioritize? I'm thinking we'll do a light lunch and a nice sit-down dinner, so restaurant suggestions are welcome!
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:08 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We will be up that way in August and plan to...
Air conditioned venues like museums and theaters .
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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9/11 World Trade Center Memorial. They aren't old enough to remember, but they NEED to know.

Katz's Deli or Chinatown for dinner. Both are in the downtown area. If you need a restaurant near Broadwsy, I'd suggest John's of Times Square. The pizza is very good, but it's the place that's unique and memorable.
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:15 AM
 
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Air conditioned venues like museums and theaters .
Definitely. We are actually from Florida, though, so NYC in August won't be too bothersome.
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:17 AM
 
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9/11 World Trade Center Memorial. They aren't old enough to remember, but they NEED to know.

Katz's Deli or Chinatown for dinner. Both are in the downtown area. If you need a restaurant near Broadwsy, I'd suggest John's of Times Square. The pizza is very good, but it's the place that's unique and memorable.
Ah, good idea re: the Memorial. I haven't been there myself. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation, too!
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I doubt you'll have time, but for future readers of this thread, consider a visit to https://911tributemuseum.org. Even if you've been to the WTC Memorial. It gives a very different perspective of that day - in certain ways, even more impactful.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:01 AM
 
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I've been to NYC before (and I'll admit that it's not my favorite by a long shot), but other than going to the Bronx Zoo, my kids have not. We will be up that way in August and plan to take the train into the city for a full day. My daughter and I will see a Broadway matinee, so that will eat up a few hours in the afternoon. Not sure what my husband and son will do during that time. The rest of the time, we'll explore together. If you were traveling to NYC with two older teens who had never been (but have been to other large cities here in the USA and also abroad), what are a few things you'd prioritize? I'm thinking we'll do a light lunch and a nice sit-down dinner, so restaurant suggestions are welcome!
Ride the Staten island ferry! It's free. Not much in Staten Island, but there is a restaurant on the water when you disembark. The ride is very scenic and you get beautiful views of downtown Manhattan & the Statue Of Liberty. I take my in-laws on it when they come in from CA & they have a great time.


You can ride rowboats @ the Central Park boathouse.


Set up a blanket and lay out @ Washington Sq park.


Check out the 9-11 memorial and the Oculus.


You're coming in August. Don't waste your time @ museums in air conditioning.


NYC is a great city. So much to do!
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:05 AM
 
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Piggbacking on Jdawg8181 suggestion:

"You can ride rowboats @ the Central Park boathouse."

The Central Park Carousel. http://www.centralparknyc.org/things.../carousel.html

The Central Park Zoo is doable in a couple of hours. https://centralparkzoo.com/

Outside of the Zoo is the Delacorte Music Clock https://www.centralpark.com/things-t...e-music-clock/

You can rent a model sailboat in Central Park https://www.centralpark.com/things-t...del-sailboats/

The bus tours where you can get on and off are worthwhile.

https://sightseeingbusnyc.com/gclid=...BoCuggQAvD_BwE

As for a restaurant, you need to eat in the Theatre District unless you want to spend an hour in transit to Chinatown or downtown.

Jkgourmet suggestion of John's Pizza is good.

My relatives love Carmine's Italian Restaurant, I think its okay.

Sardi's is famous and pretty good and in the right location.

For something light - there is Pret A Manger which is good fast food.

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Old 05-10-2019, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I doubt you'll have time, but for future readers of this thread, consider a visit to https://911tributemuseum.org. Even if you've been to the WTC Memorial. It gives a very different perspective of that day - in certain ways, even more impactful.
The memorial museum is EXCELLENT. It tells the story not just of what happened that day, but of the cleanup and recovery and rebuilding operations. You need a few hours, though, but you still won't be able to see it all in one day.

The room with the time-lapse of the rebuild is pretty amazing.

If you DON'T have the time to do the museum, I suggest you go to WTC Tribute a few blocks away, which was in operation before the museum. There's a lot in there on a smaller scale, plus you can do a walking tour that will be led by a docent with a connection to 9/11--family members, survivors, people who worked or lived in the neighborhood, etc. They will do a tour and also tell their personal stories.

https://911tributemuseum.org/
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Piggbacking on Jdawg8181 suggestion:

"You can ride rowboats @ the Central Park boathouse."

The Central Park Carousel. Carousel - The Official Website of Central Park NYC

The Central Park Zoo is doable in a couple of hours. https://centralparkzoo.com/

Outside of the Zoo is the Delacorte Music Clock https://www.centralpark.com/things-t...e-music-clock/

You can rent a model sailboat in Central Park https://www.centralpark.com/things-t...del-sailboats/

The bus tours where you can get on and off are worthwhile.

https://sightseeingbusnyc.com/gclid=...BoCuggQAvD_BwE

As for a restaurant, you need to eat in the Theatre District unless you want to spend an hour in transit to Chinatown or downtown.

Jkgourmet suggestion of John's Pizza is good.

My relatives love Carmine's Italian Restaurant, I think its okay.

Sardi's is famous and pretty good and in the right location.

For something light - there is Pret A Manger which is good fast food.
OMG--the Moroccan Lentil Soup...

Plus I will give Pret A Manger their props because at the end of the day, all of their leftover food goes to City Harvest, which collects food from restaurants and grocery stores and distributes it into needy areas.
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