Sometimes the greatest adventure is waiting for you in your own backyard. Living in New York City, there’s never a shortage of things to do. And for us, even old things can feel new again thanks to the changing of the seasons. We love heading Uptown in the winter to see The Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular and the ice skating rink at Bryant Park. And in the summer, we can’t wait for summer movie nights in Prospect Park and spending our days by the water in NYC when we get to explore Dumbo and the South Street Seaport.
First stop on our big day, a refreshing glass of lemonade. Right at the pier there are so many things to do and places to eat. Lizzmonade is a favorite. Though, I was really upset when they told me strawberry was sold out but the women behind me picked up a strawberry one! What’s up with that guys!? You can also pick up snacks from Shake Shack, Luke’s Lobster, or Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
After waiting on the pier and taking in the views, which I honestly never get sick of, we headed on the Water Taxi to Pier 11 at Wall Street. It’s only a few minutes ride (maybe even just two or three) but it’s was enough to make a lasting impression on the girls. It is definitely their preferred means of travel to Manhattan, so given the opportunity I take them when I can.
After our ride, we picked up a pretzel (because after all, having so much fun works up an appetite) and walked a few blocks down to South Street Seaport. This area was totally destroyed during Hurricane Sandy so I’m not sure what it was like before, but now there is so much to do there! The girls love the nearby playground, the Black Tap pop up truck, and the iPic theater. I love shopping for some pretty new accessories at Brother Vellies, brunch at Hole In The Wall, and soon a huge new byChloe is opening up there!
These two little girls are everything. Some people might think having kids would limit the way we get out in the city or confine us somehow but in reality, it is exactly the opposite. I’m not sure if I would have made my way to the Seaport to spend a day by the water in NYC but the lure of the fanciest milkshake in Manhattan to be followed up with the Seaglass Carousel was just the thing to bring me there.
And so it goes for the rest of the city. They are my reason for seeing, doing, experiencing everything unique and new about the city. I love that they make me seek out new adventures that we all can enjoy and see what is new about an old favorite neighborhood. The city is always changing, always growing, and so are we. I can’t wait to see what else we get to do here in this magical place.
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Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny.