Great Brooks Farm’s ice cream stand, is amazing!
Maybe I’m bias because the memories of going here as a child flood my mind every time I turn down the long narrow road into Carlisle. However I think that is one of the best aspects of this place, its in the middle of nowhere, has been around forever yet isn’t to crowded, it’s the perfect family place to get ice cream and build memories! The kids love to run and play in the fields, feed the animals, eat some yummy ice cream, and laugh A LOT. When they get older I plan to take them into the woods to hike some of the cool paths that surround the farm.
Marriott Downtown a Family Friendly Hotel in New York City
During our last family trip to New York City, we stayed at the Marriott Downtown New York. The rooms where standard size, which is considered large when talking about an NYC budget-friendly hotel!
Everything was very clean and modern, the lobby was beautiful and offered an on-site restaurant, Starbucks, and store.
Best of all we were close to so many attractions and landmarks, making it easy to get around with 3 kids. The Marriott Downtown is located directly across from the 9/11 memorial, a few blocks from Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty, and a $5-$10 taxi ride to Central Park, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center.
After we checked out of the Hotel we stopped at The Central Park Zoo. This was another big thing on Anthony’s list. I’m guessing he heard about this one on TV and it stuck, because he had been asking to go for some time and I had no idea why. This is a tiny zoo with a very small amount of animals, but that doesn’t stop them from charging the same as the bigger zoo’s for admission.
In the main part of the zoo we saw about a dozen animals, in about an hour. Next we walked over to the 4D movie which the kids loved (and so did I) but wished it was a bit longer, and then over to the children’s zoo. The children’s zoo was a blast for the kids with sculptures to climb on and animals to feed and touch, this part of the zoo was perfect for the younger children and made the visit worth every penny.
On our second day in NYC we started tackling Anthony’s list of must sees. I still cant believe my little 8 year old wanted this for a vacation and to top it off had a list of what he wanted to see! On the top of the list was The Statue of Liberty, so we walked down to battery park and took the boat over.
The kids loved the boat ride, Aidan in particularly thought it was awesome that they sold food on board. Then once we got off they each got the talking tour radio’s that kept the little ones busy. Anthony was so happy to see everything!
Then we took the boat back and headed down the path to grab a taxi, but had to stop and see the men holding snakes! They let you hold the snakes and take a picture for $5. Anthony wanted no part of it, Aidan tried but was terrified, Lilly on the other hand was just excited to take another picture of herself and grabbed the snake.
For the second half of the day we headed over to the Top of The Rock, at Rockefeller Center. Anthony had talked about going to the Empire State Building, but after talking to Uncle, he told me this was much better so we needed to switch plans.
The little ones loved the elevator ride up and down, and also the laser light play room. Anthony loved that he could see EVERYTHING!
We walked through Times Square fairly quickly, the place was packed and with all the lights and hustle n bustle, Aidan was trying to run off and the closeness of strangeness was pushing him into meltdowns over everything. The one thing that made him happy was meeting Iron Man! These people dress up in costumes and hang out taking pictures with people, sounds cool huh?, ya until the pictures taken and you learn how rude they are about being paid for it! I figured ok no big deal gave the one I asked for the picture a dollar and tried to walk off, but the ones who jumped in the pictures (without being asked or mentioned) would be incredibly rude by Lilly’s pic I just paid them both to avoid any problems. I mean I have no problem tipping people for doing this. There obviously doing it for a reason, I had no problem paying $5 to take Lilly’s picture with a Snake in Battery Park but at least there the people taking the pictures are respectable and polite! Oh well, chock it up to experience, and either way the kids got to meet some characters and I got some cute pictures. Aidan’s exact words were “Mommy, when I grow up I be like Iron Man, He’s so coooooool!”
Once we made it through Times Square walked over to Bryant Park to relax a bit and put the kids on the classic Carousel. This park was the coolest, they had an ice cream area and a bar. The kids enjoyed the carousel and running in the park, I loved the feeling of laying on the grass surrounded by the city, the atmosphere was so amazing. This park became one of my favorite places in New York City!