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Mar122013

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American Museum of Natural History

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

For my kids, going straight up to the fourth floor was the way to go. There are so many exhibits that are "representations" or "how it would have looked". The first floor is full of taxidermied animals, like you might see alive at a zoo. This was weird to me to see at a museum. Many of the exhibits were not lit well enough, even when there was information to read about. The gem exhibit was nice. Don't expect to be able to sit down to eat lunch or a snack as there is WAY too little room for very many people in the cafe areas. Also, the food is crazy expensive, even for NY attractions.
One nice thing is that you can enter straight from the subway.

Mar112013

Tour/Activity

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a really nice short tour to do since you cannot go on the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island due to Hurricane damage. Make sure you take a printed voucher, even if your confirmation says you can use an e-voucher. We had to run off to a little office to print the voucher to exchange for tickets, which was a pain and we were worried we would miss the boat by having to do this. Also, give yourself at least an hour to wait in line.

Mar102013

Tour/Activity

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

New York City, New York

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Even with purchasing these, you still have to go to the ticket window with your voucher to exchange them for "real" tickets. If you get there by 10 am, you won't have to wait in line, so if you can do that, then don't pay more for the skip the line ticket. There wasn't any line-Maybe in the summer, this might be more of an issue, but I think if you get there early, it's better.

Mar092013

Tour/Activity

The Superhero Walking Tour of New York

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was a great way to orient ourselves to this area in NY city. This was approximately 3 miles of walking. We were the only people who brought kids (for a reason). My 12 year old loved it, but it was not really exciting enough for my 9 or 5 year old, plus it might have been a little bit too much walking for them. I would say 10 years and up...

Mar082013

Tour/Activity

Private Economy Arrival Transfer: New York Airports to Manhattan Hotels

New York City, New York

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Just hail a taxi at the airport. They were not waiting for us, we called, then had to wait 25 minutes outside in the frigid cold for the driver. Cost did not include the toll or tip. The trip required too much effort. Book online, confirm with the local company, call when you get there, call again, etc. I only did this because we needed a van for 5 people. The driver told me the trip was short so my 5 year old could go without his carseat-I don't think so!

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