Our Quick NYC Family Adventure

I blogged a couple weeks ago about planning an impromptu trip for New York City. It was super quick – only about 30 hours – but lots of fun!

I’m a big fan of how easy it is to jump on an Amtrak train in Maryland and end up in NYC, so we did that early on Sunday morning. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that kid tickets are half-price, so I’m certainly going to have to look into a few more trips before Jack ages out of that deal! The train was easy and quick and this time ran on schedule to both get there and back, which was wonderful.

This was both Travis and Jack’s first time on a train!

Once we arrived, we took and Uber to our hotel – the Courtyard Marriott New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue, which was right near Bryant Park. The hotel checked our bag for us, so that we didn’t need to carry it around while we were exploring. From there, we walked around the Bryant Park Winter Village and surrounding area. We checked in to the hotel in the late afternoon, and then left Travis there when we walked over to the show.

Jack and I saw &Juliet on Broadway, which was so much fun. It is a jukebox musical, so Jack recognized most of the songs. We had amazing seats and I’m so glad that we went. Jack spent the first act with wide eyes and his mouth hanging open, which was pretty adorable. He did get a little wiggly towards the end of the second half though. But, to be honest, I was kind of ready for them to wrap it up too by that point.

Here’s a little taste:

After the show, we met up with Travis for a delicious dinner, checked out the nighttime view of Times Square and then went back to the room to snuggle up in bed while watching a movie.

On Monday, we had a yummy breakfast and then did a bunch of walking around and exploring. We made a point to go to the Nintendo store, which was so super cool.

We also walked around Rockefeller Center, tasted some food back at the Bryant Park Winter Village, checked out the Empire State Building, and everything in between. We grabbed our bags from the hotel and then Uber-ed back to the train station in the afternoon, just in time to hop on a train back home and get ready for school the next day.

It was super fun visiting NYC with the family for the holidays, but it was quite cold. I think if we make a return trip it will need to be in the spring or summer so that Travis and Jack can experience some warmer walking around weather!

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