We jumped on the Subway and got off at The Oculus so we could make our way to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We had done our best to help our kids understand the significance of what we were about to experience but there was no way to really do that. Jonah has read a good bit about 9/11 but Micah was basically clueless. Quite honestly, even though we lived through that horrific day, we weren't even adequately prepared for what we would experience that day.
There were many places you could take photos, but once you entered the main area with all of the artifacts, no photos were allowed. I took some pictures before we got to that point but the majority of what we saw can't be posted because photos weren't allowed.
We spent three hours there an could have stayed even longer. The thing I tell everyone about visiting this place is to be sure you have enough time and take plenty of tissue with you. There really aren't words to describe what you will experience. It was definitely the most memorable part of our entire trip.
We left the museum with our emotions all over the place and walked next door to the One World Observatory to take in the views from the highest spot in New York City.
They had these iPads that you could point in any direction and get information about what you were seeing. We didn't rent one but someone was leaving and gave theirs to us to use. (Tip: Save your money. They didn't work well!)
We left the incredible views and walked back to The Oculus for lunch. They had a super upscale food court with amazing options. The kids had pizza but we all ventured out for various other foods. It was so good! We even had our first Sprinkles Cupcake!
We left there and headed to the boat for our sightseeing cruise of the New York Harbor and Lady Liberty!
The boys were so excited to see The Brooklyn Bridge. Our plans were to walk it but we ran out of time that day. I'm so sad about that but there's always next time. Micah was sad because we told him about a fabulous ice cream place in Brooklyn that we would enjoy after the walk. I don't think he factored in the "walk" part of getting to the ice cream.
It was so fun to see The Statue of Liberty up close. Micah wanted to go to the island so bad but we just didn't have time on this trip. (Can you tell we are already planning a trip back to see all the things we missed?)
After walking a crazy amount of miles back to Times Square, we jumped on the double decker bus to see parts of NYC that we hadn't seen yet.
We bought tickets for Aladdin off of Stubhub so we had to walk to the StubHub office to pick those up. We were afraid we wouldn't have time to even get back to our hotel to change for the show so we grabbed dinner from food trucks in hopes of having time to freshen up before the show.
Here's the deal. We really wanted to see Aladdin. We just didn't want to pay the $200 per ticket that they were going for. Yeah. So, we bought tickets off of StubHub and sat on the very last row of the balcony. We were looking DOWN at the stage. We were so far away. But, I'd do it again in heartbeat. It was worth it to see the show. We had the cheapest seats in the house but we all saw it for basically the price of one ticket if we paid full price!
The show was amazing and a perfect way to end the crazy day we had in NYC! We did so much and saw so much. We were all exhausted and ready for bed so we could rest up for another busy day in NYC!