Apr 16: We awoke even earlier and got to breakfast just after the 7 a.m. start time. We walked by beautiful cathedrals, packed with Easter crowds, and went back to Central Park to visit the zoo.
We saw penguins and bears. We enjoyed Dippin’ Dots while Zach climbed a hill.
We took a taxi over to the American Museum of Natural History. The kids liked the titanosaur. We saw a stegosaurus and did the stegosaurus dance I learned in the second grade. The dinosaur appreciated it.
We finished the museum and ate more bad pizza. We took a taxi back to the hotel, ate Tim Horton’s at Bryant Park, and went to bed.
Apr 17: We took the subway early the next morning to Battery Park. Our ferry ride to Liberty and Ellis Island wasn’t until 11 a.m., but we wanted time to wander around the Castle Clinton National Monument.
Zach and Anna counted canons and looked at the fortifications of the erstwhile island. They turned their junior ranger books into a park ranger and were rewarded with a badge and a patch.
We boarded the ferry and went to Liberty Island. We ate onion rings and hamburgers in Liberty’s shadow. We picked up the junior ranger guide. We circled the statue, took pictures, and returned to the National Park Service offices to complete the guide.
A ferry ride, a quick tour of Ellis Island, and we were ready for a little picnic. The kids snacked on crackers as Kris got some pictures with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
We took another ferry ride and caught the subway back to our hotel.