Teens Take New York City!

 Posted by on April 29, 2010
Apr 292010

     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. 

We're really in New York City!

     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):

    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. 

Bocca near Radio City

Bocca near Radio City

   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.

  6 Responses to “Teens Take New York City!”

  1. Looks fun! We took a helicopter tour of New York City with our kids through Zip Aviation. Highly recommended, the kids loved it! We will go back for sure.

  2. New York City — TImes Square especially — is one of those few places where you might actually catch your “cool” tween or teen with wide eyes and an open jaw!

  3. NYC is a must-do with teen girls. Times Square, shopping, the subway, walking the big city, and seeing the Blue Man Group were all hits when my sister and I went with my teen daughter. We could have done without the crazy flooding that closed down our subway route on the last day of our trip. Getting pizza at 2 am was one of the highlights. Such an adventure! I’m ready to go again…

  4. I’ve not been to the US but I think NYC would be the frst stop – it’s the one place that my teens actually want to travel with me and those places are becoming harder to find

  5. I’m very jealous you got to see Wicked!! When my husband and I went we waited to buy our tickets thinking we could get a better price there, but they were sold out and we ended up seeing Shrek… decent but not the same!

    • We knew Wicked was popular and since we had a narrow window of opportunity we decided it was worth the money. The special effects are stunning. TKTS works for shows that are not generally selling out or if you do not have your heart set on a specific show.

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