My family and I took a red-eye flight to New York in November 2010 and spent four days there. After we landed, we headed out of John F. Kennedy Airport to catch our first taxicab. We drove past the Brooklyn Bridge, through the streets of massive skyscrapers, and to our hotel. We stayed at the only remaining Embassy Suites in New York City. We checked in then waited for the hotel restaurant to open for breakfast; it was only 5:00 A.M.
After breakfast, we didn’t waste any time. We went straight to the subway station and headed to Time Square. We were amazed at the heart of NYC! We walked the streets while listening to an audio tour by CityListen that my dad had downloaded onto my brother’s and my iPods. I had never seen such tall and impressive buildings before. We stopped at various stores, took a multitude of pictures, and made our way down Broadway. The theatres appeared antique. I was beyond excited knowing that famous actors had performed there, like Nick Jonas, Donny Osmond, and Lea Salonga. My dad had purchased tickets for The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre. The set and costumes were intricate and impressive. The singing was absolutely amazing.
The second day was full of adventure again. After breakfast, my family and I took the subway back to Time Square where we went to Madame Tussauds wax museum. We had fun posing and taking pictures with the wax figures of our favorite celebrities like Taylor Swift and *NSYNC. Afterwards, we walked to the Empire State Building. At the top of the building, the view was incredible; we saw New Jersey across the Hudson River. Next, we went on a tour bus using The New York Pass tour ticket. We learned interesting facts about the city, like where The Daily Bugle of Spider-Man was filmed and where the first Macy’s was established. Our next stop was at Central Park. The beauty was overwhelming. The scenery looked like it was from a painting because it was so picturesque. There were statues, memorials, zoo, and ice-skating rink. Some of the statues included William Shakespeare and Alice in Wonderland.
Later my family and I visited two major colleges in the vicinity: Juilliard School and Columbia University. As a high school student, I wanted to compare the campuses to other colleges that I had previously visited. Then, we made our way to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum’s exhibits were split into categories of the world. My brother found the Greek exhibition to be the most interesting because it displayed an ancient chariot.
On the third day, we sailed on Statue Cruises to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty. We headed to the top of her pedestal after taking an informational tour from a guide on the island. We took in the view and walked around the island, then my family and I went back on the ferry. Our next stop was the Rockefeller Center. There was an ice-skating rink, a large Lego store, and a lot of shops. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center had a great view of the nightlife. As we headed back to our hotel, we had a barbeque dinner and bought souvenirs at Time Square.
It was Thanksgiving and our last day in NYC. We packed up our luggage and caught our last cab to the JFK Airport. Though it was a short visit, our family vacation in New York City was unforgettable.
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