Day 3 brought more excitement and a big surprise for the kids! We started the day off by going to Rockefeller Center to take in the sights from the Top of the Rock. We had debated over going there or Empire State Building but this was the one included on our pass so we chose to go with it. We looked around outside for a bit but were unable to get close to the Prometheus statue because in the summer they have a restaurant patio that is closed unless you plan to dine there.
After milling around a bit we decided to head in to go to the Top of the Rock. When we arrived at the desk we didn’t have to wait in any lines because we’d purchased the Sightseeing FLEX Pass for 6 attractions so that we could save money (Top of the Rock would have been $150 for our family) on the attractions we wanted to see. It worked great going right to the elevator after less than 5 minutes time while our passes were processed.
The views were spectacular! I couldn’t have even imagined how beautiful the city looks from way up high. There are two sides to the Top of the Rock and one gives you a view of Central Park and the other gives you the view of the southern part of Manhattan. Be sure to take along some quarters to put in the coin operated binoculars to get an even better view! The observation decks were quite crowded but people moved in and out quickly so it really wasn’t a long wait and we got up to the glass to take our pictures.
After we came down from the observation decks we headed back to the hotel to rest a bit and get ready for the Lion King play on Broadway later that night. The princess wasn’t feeling the greatest so she took a nap while we all cooled off.
When it was time to head out to the Lion King which was a part of the trip we kept a surprise from the kids we got back on the subway to Times Square. When we got off the subway we tried to navigate using Google Maps and I have to be honest…I LOVE Google Maps for driving directions but walking is NOT easy using it. I can’t count how many times we had to turn around because we headed out the wrong direction after starting out.
We got to the theater and made our way in. I was happy to find that they had a place to check strollers so that we could still bring ours along. They do allow bags to be brought into the theater and stored under seats. The play was AMAZING! We picked the Lion King because we knew that the kids would enjoy it and it did NOT disappoint. The costumes and voices were awesome and I would highly recommend it.
After the afternoon play we headed down to Little Italy to eat a nice dinner. We made our way through Chinatown when we got off the subway and decided it was not for us. It smelled bad and trash was everywhere. It was later in the day and we didn’t see any vendors set up just a few businesses with open fronts selling things including fish in pails of water sitting in the 90 degree heat…EW!
Little Italy was much nicer and the smells there were all delicious. We chose Capri as the restaurant to dine in. We ordered a Penne and Ziti dish and they were so good! The bread served with the meal was equally delicious. It was a bit pricey but hey it’s NYC and vacation!
When we finished dinner we walked around Little Italy a bit but then headed over to SoHo to do a little shopping as #1 son decided he wanted to find the Nike and Adidas stores to use his spending money. We found the stores and cooled off from the heat while inside…did I mention it was HOT on our trip?
After shopping we headed back to the hotel to tuck the Princess into bed since she was still not feeling the greatest. Once everyone was settled #1 and I walked around the corner to the Target to get some snacks and breakfast items for our stay. It was so strange to be in a narrow city Target with a basement. All the stores there were like that but it is so different from the Midwest.
All-in-all it was another wonderful day in New York!