Day 3 – NYC
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty: Reserve early. Saturday was the most beautiful day of our visit! Sunny and 72 degrees – perfect for a morning ferry ride to Lady Liberty. It wasn’t till we arrived on Liberty Island that we realized how lucky we were to have tickets to the crown. We overheard a park representative say that only a few hundred crown passes are permitted each day & they were sold out through August [four months out].
Go Early. We knew we wanted to spend the afternoon doing other activities, so we chose to hop on the first ferry of the day. Going early and arriving early are highly recommended tips. There are three options for your statue visit and all are reasonably priced.
Crown = Climb. The theme of our NYC trip was HUSTLE! This is not a trip for those who don’t like to move. It’s wonderful to sit on the open-top boat, but you will save yourself 15 minutes of frustrating shuffling to exit if you stay on the main deck. When it comes to visiting the Statue of Liberty, comfort stops after the elevator ride to the pedestal. For those lucky crown-pass holders, brace yourself for a narrow and winding 5-10 minute climb to the top!
We chose to skip Ellis Island (you can add this stop when purchasing your tickets) in exchange for an afternoon in Central Park, but we enjoyed incredible views on the way back to Battery Park.
Central Park: There is no way to fully grasp how HUGE Central Park is. I wildly underestimated the size of this colorful oasis. We only walked half (starting around 81st Street) and were totally amazed by how such a lush place could exist within this concrete city.
A Toast: We wrapped up the day with an Italian dinner in Hell’s Kitchen at Vice Versa. There is no way to go wrong with this menu. The service was superb and the relaxed atmosphere with courtyard views was just what we needed. Recommendations: Seafood Risotto – 1/2 portions are perfect when saving room for tiramisu.
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