Over Memorial Day weekend, we woke the boys up early and told them we were going on a mystery trip. I had been jonesing to to get back to New York City and since the weather was supposed to be perfect, it seemed like a good time to take a bit of a day trip.
It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get there, which wasn’t too bad. There was no traffic, so the entire ride was smooth sailing. Once we were in the city, we found a place to park and walked to our first stop -The Empire State Building!
I had two NYC CityPASS ticket books, which included one-time admission tickets, detailed attraction information, coupons and a map for 6 of the best attractions in New York City (including the Empire State Building). When we arrived at the Empire State Building, it was about 11 am and there was already a 2-3 hour wait to buy tickets to get into to the observation level (the 86th floor) of the building. With our CityPASS tickets, we were able to skip to the head of the line which was really nice and definitely something I would recommend doing because honestly, who wants to stand in line for hours for tickets to something like this when you can easily purchase something like a CityPASS booklet and blow past the line?
This was the 3rd or 4th time I have been to the observation deck of the Empire State Building and I have to be honest when I say that they let too many people up there at once. It’s not at all what you see in the movies (think Sleepless in Seattle) and honestly it is nearly impossible to find a spot by the edge to grab a picture with the view behind you. You really have to fight to squeeze your way in there and I really think they need to stagger the people a little bit. That’s just my opinion, though.
With that being said, the CityPASS booklet really saved us a lot of time and I am so thankful that we planned ahead and got the tickets in advance.
In case you were wondering, the CityPASS ticket booklet also gives admission to:
- The Empire State Building Observatory
- The American Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
- The MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)
- Top of the Rock OR The Guggenheim Museum
- The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Cruises
If you’re planning on seeing all or most of these attractions in New York City, I think the CityPass is the way to go. You would save up to 40% off of ticket prices and the time you save by skipping the lines is almost invaluable.
Anyhow back to our daytrip.
Once we were done there, the boys begged to take a cab ride to our next stop, which was Times Square – so we did.
Chris and I had eaten at the Jekyll & Hyde Club before and thought the kids might like it, so that is where we went for a late lunch – and yes, the kids did love it!
After lunch, we did some window shopping, but there was no way we were leaving NYC without a stop at M&M’s World in Times Square. Each of the boys ended up with about five pounds of M&M’s each, but that was ok by me because they both shared with their mom!
We decided to just make a day of it, and left New York City in the late afternoon to make our way back to Massachusetts. It was a long day, but a really fun one – and we all slept really well that night! I am looking forward to getting back again over the summer, though!
**I received two NYC CityPASS ticket books at no charge in order to provide my honest experience. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**