10 Things to Do in New York City on a Rainy Day

We’re fortunate to live a short drive from Manhattan and try and get to “The City” as often as we can. I enjoy visiting each season, although the holiday season is definitely my favorite!  Read our list of holiday traditions in New York City here. Recently, several readers and followers have asked about indoor activities (since it was still winter at the time) for kids and I thought I would compile a list of all the indoor places we have explored and our favorite activity at each spot.

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Year in Review: Highlights of 2018

2018 was an exciting, adventure filled year for my family. We started a bit early by purchasing a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, and to date-exactly 54 weeks later- we have over 26,000 miles on the odometer. We’ve been as far west as Texas, as far south as Florida, and as far north as Maine. We’re explored over a dozen states, over twenty National Parks Service locations, over two dozen museums, two baseball parks (that brings our total count to 24 out of the 30 MLB parks), and created countless memories.

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Bringing Kids to an Art Museum: The Guggenheim

It may seem like an unlikely place to visit with children: an art museum. You may be concerned that your child will be bored, cranky, or worse- so hyper that he or she goes sprinting through the exhibit halls touching every priceless masterpiece. For a while, that was my nightmare. For years, we stuck to the children’s museum- aquarium-zoo circuit. However, now that my children are out of the toddler/preschool phase, I’ve been trying new places with them when we travel.

So, when I ordered tickets to Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim in New York City (read about the various holiday things we like to do in New York City here), I thought it would also be fun to check out the museum.

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10 Ways to Explore Ellis Island in New York City

Following Annie Moore, the first person processed in 1892, over 12 million people arrived at Ellis Island between 1892 until 1954, when the immigrant office was closed. The complex sat in disrepair until the National Park Service took over in 1965 and reopened it as an immigration museum. Now, over two million visit the complex each year.

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10 Ways to Explore Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City

A gift of friendship from France in 1886, the National Park Service has protected and maintained the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island for the public since 1933, welcoming an average of 12,000 visitors each day, with 25,000 people visiting in peak summer season.  Liberty Island is open 364 days a year, with seasonal hours (check here). The Statue of Liberty is one of 11 locations that are a part of the National Parks of New York Harbor.

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