After much planning and plotting our mom and teen girls’ getaway to New York City was a major success! Our regular readers know we spent weeks doing research and checking out web sites, twitter and guide books. If you need some ideas, read our trip planning pages for inspiration on New York City hotels and tours, iconic experiences, and teen friendly restaurants, attractions, and shopping destinations.
As always we made a point to get the teens involved in formulating the plan. An evening of snacks for the girls and wine for the moms quickly showed that the girls’ number one priority was shopping. The moms built in time for a Museum and we left some open time to choose from a couple different options depending on weather and energy levels. And of course, we bought our show tickets well ahead of time so we’d know we had good seats.
After some negotation we ended up with a rough plan (click the links below to go to our detailed post about each major piece of our visit):
- Day 1: Central Park, the East Side and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Day 2: the Empire State Building, SoHo, and a night on Broadway
- Day 3: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockerfeller Center and of course, more shopping
We set up base camp at the Radio City Apartments on 49th Street near Rockerfeller Center. We loved being able to walk to many of our destinations, plus the we got a sense of what city living is like. We also got two bedrooms, a living room, and a small kitchen for the price of a normal hotel room.
We found great, affordable breakfast and lunch options across the street at Bocca and were thrilled when we realized we could walk to dinner and Wicked the next evening.
Neither of the teens had ever spent much time in New York City and they said they felt like they were in a TV show with all the energy, stores and people around them!
Over the next week or so we’ll share lots more info and pictures about our adventures. We are already thinking of a return trip next year, we had so much fun. If you are looking for a great mom/daughter teen and tween vacation consider New York City — you certainly won’t be bored whether you make it a daytrip from the Jersey Shore or stay for a week.