May 092010

On the last morning of our mom and teen girls getaway in New York City, we only had a few hours to explore and shop so we opted to stay close to the Times Square\Radio City area.  We made a quick visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral  but much of the facade was  under renovation and there was a service going on inside so we did not explore there in much detail.  Instead, we headed across the street to visit Rockerfeller Center and some more shopping at the nearby H&M megastore on 5th Avenue.

Rockerfeller Center, perhaps best known for the Lower Plaza skating rink that is overseen by a towering statue of Prometheus, is actually a complex of 19 buildings.  Of those, 14 were built during the 1930s and stand as signature examples of the art deco movement.  Several more modern towers were added in the 1960s and 70s.  The area was declared a National Landmark in 1987 and today is a major tourist destination offering a number of tours and activities.

Art deco sculpture over an entrance at Rockerfeller Center

Art deco sculpture over an entrance at Rockerfeller Center

Due to limited time we were not able to take the NBC Studio Tour or visit the Top of the Rock and the girls were not motivated enough to get up early to check out the Today Show, so we we really only got a general sense of the grandeur of the area.  Radio City Music Hall was closed to the public due to the NFL draft taking place so we missed out on that tour as well.

Prometheus oversees Rockerfeller Center

Prometheus oversees Rockerfeller Center

We did find time to buy bobbleheads and tee shirts at the NBC Experience Store and walked down to the skating rink area to take in the view.  Next trip to New York we will try to get there while the skating rink is still operating since both our teens are skaters.  It would be a thrill to skate there at Christmas time and then go see the Rockettes at Radio City!

By mid-day it was time to grab a quick lunch and head back home.  We all agreed we have to do this again.  If you have teen girls, a mom and teen getaway to New York City is a great trip — just make sure you build in the time and budget for shopping!

This article is part of a series about our mom and teen girls getaway to New York City.  You can visit our Teens Take New York City summary page to discover our full itinerary and find links to other articles about our visit.

  One Response to “Exploring Rockerfeller Center with Teens”

  1. What a great place to spend mother-daughter time in NYC. I’ve been there a few times with my mom. For some reason shopping with your Mom in a place like NYC is so thrilling at a young age.

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