May 022010
 

     The Upper East Side of Manhattan parallels the eastern side Central Park from 59th Street to 96th Street, stretching to meet the East River.  We spent the first afternoon of our mom and teen girls’ getaway exploring Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art before heading to Serendipity 3 for dinner.

Central Park is lovely on a Spring Day

Central Park is lovely on a Spring Day

     We entered Central Park at 6th Avenue and Central Park Drive which took us past the Statue of Cuban Patriot Jose Julian Marti.  We followed winding, flowering trails along the Pond, finding boulders to scramble along the way.  We walked through the  Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop and continued along the shaded walks of the Dene and the meadow of the East Green

Central Park has some awesome boulders

Teens enjoy a quick rock scramble in Central Park

     Our walk took about an hour, including a brief stop to enjoy the remote controlled sailboats on the Conservatory Water.  We remembered the sailboat racing scenes from E.B. White’s Stuart Little.  If we had more time we might have rented one of our own to try it out.  We exited the Park at 79th Street to find ourselves at the Met.

Sail a radio powered boat on the Conservatory Water in Central Park

Sail a radio powered boat on the Conservatory Water in Central Park

     This area is rightly known as Museum Mile as it hosts at least a dozen museums.  The largest is the Met, but other well known sites include the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Frick Collection.  Just a few blocks south are several more important museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)  on 53rd Street.  Although our teens have visited many museums in New England, they were not prepared for the size and scale of the Met.  In two hours we barely skimmed the surface of the Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Modern and European Masters exhibits. 

     The girls were particularly interested in the Met’s vast Egyptian holdings which are set up in chronological order from the oldest kingdoms though to Roman times.   It was great to hear the girls discuss the different periods of history among themselves – sounds like they have been paying attention in social studies class!  

The Temple of Dendur at the Met

The Temple of Dendur at the Met

     After our walk through the Park and two hours touring the Museum, the girls were starting to drag but we had one more vital stop — the legendary Serendipty 3, home of the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate!    After a brief water break on the steps of the Met, we headed over to East 60th Street, chatting with street vendors and checking out the brownstones along the way.  We had made reservations so were seated immediately, and our famished teens feasted on burgers and frozen treats!

The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 hits the spot after our walking tour of the East Side

The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 hits the spot after our walking tour of the East Side

      Exhausted but so excited to really be in New York City, we took a cab back to the hotel and started planning for the next day’s adventure to the Empire State Building and shopping in Soho.

     This 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 NYC posts and trip planning tips.

New York City Family Vacation


  3 Responses to “Teens Tackle Central Park and the Met”

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful day in NYC! I love travelling with my 3 year old daughter, but your post made me excited about all of the travelling we have ahead of us and the day when she’ll be old enough to do “big kid” stuff like visit the Met.
    I had never heard of frozen hot chocolate before…I’ll definitely have to check that out next time I’m in town.

  2. I was just thinking today about what it is that I really want to do in New York when I visit for TBEX. I’ve been twice before and I’ve seen a lot of the tourist-y sites. And I’ll be there sans kids (strange for a Travel Mama like me!). All I could think of was, “I want to go try that frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity!” I know it’s supposed to be over-rated, but I don’t care…I’m going! What did you think…worth it?

    • Make sure you have a reservation at Seredipity 3. The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate was too big and cold for me to even think about it — but the kids loved them!

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