I’m back with another New York post today, this was our first full day in the city, still tired but it was a BUSY one! I always like to get as much done as possible on the first day because you never know how hard the jet lag will hit you later!!On the way to breakfast at the Stardust Diner we spotted a cafe named after my son (we see this more often than you’d think in the states) AND a KELLOGGS restaurant that I so wish we’d stopped at.. seriously.. it looked like just cereal, such a gimmick but I loved it. The kids enjoyed the Stardust experience though, the servers all sing and the portions are absolutely huge! Ella also discovered a love for omelettes that lasted throughout the trip!
We headed downtown, accidentally happened upon the brand new Westfield right by the 9/11 memorial (the subway stops there) on our way down to Battery Park. We intended to take a boat around the Statue Of Liberty but it started to rain so we ended up taking the Staten Island Ferry instead. It’s free and you get a similar experience. One thing I was excited to visit having read about it online was the Seaglass Carousel. It’s another new addition and an absolute must if you’re in the area. A totally magical ‘underwater’ carousel experience that I think I enjoyed more than my kids!Milo took the camera for a little while on the Ferry..
Back up to Central Park, we visited the conservatory water where you can sail model boats. This was the activity Milo was most excited about. The boats have no motors so the only control you have is over the sail and the rudder which both kids struggled with but it wasn’t expensive and at around 6pm it was particularly picturesque as the sun went down.
Ella’s number one activity was Dylan’s Candy Bar, it’s like a sweet shop on crack and it has a restaurant above it.. honestly? The food was pretty bad but I think savoury is an afterthought here. The cocktails and desserts seem to be the reason to visit so wouldn’t recommend you plan to eat a meal here but sitting in a cupcake case was pretty cool.
As I look through our photos I realise just HOW much we fit in every day.. I walked those kids (and my husband) ALL over the city, it’s no wonder it’s taking us so long to recover now we’re home but I just can’t sit around in New York. there’s always SO much to see and do and NEVER enough time to see or do it all!!