New York City Itinerary:: April 2013


Tuesday, April 2, 2013:

  • Depart Milwaukee Mitchell Airport (MKE) on Delta
  • Check-in at Verve Hotel, an Ascend Collection hotel
  • Buy a 7 day unlimited MetroCard for $31/person
  • Lunch at Panini & Company Cafe
  • Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul’s Chapel
  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe New York City
  • Shopping in Times Square at night

Wednesday, April 3, 2013:

  • Shopping in Times Square
  • St. Thomas Church
  • FAO Schwarz
  • Lunch at Ruby Tuesday
  • Times Square
  • Tickets from TKTS
  • Supper at McDonald’s Times Square
  • Off Broadway Musical, Avenue Q at New World Stages on 50th Street

Thursday, April 4, 2013:

  • Walking in Central Park
  • Lunch at Shake Shack at 154 East 86th Street
  • Chelsea Market
  • The High Line
  • Brooklyn to view Manhattan skyline
  • Barclay’s Center for Nets vs. Chicago Bulls game
  • Shopping at Modell’s Sporting Goods

Friday, April 5, 2013:

  • Depart LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on Delta

9/11 Memorial New York City:: April 2013

If you haven’t been before, I would recommend the 9/11 Memorial for any visit to New York City. It is such a powerful, moving experience and a nice way to reflect on American history and a way to never forget the victims.

When Derek and I visited in April 2013, it was a little odd on how to get tickets. I read online that we had to buy the tickets ahead of time online, so we did. Since we didn’t know exactly when we were going to be there, we ordered them (and paid an online fee) while eating a late lunch nearby and therefore didn’t have a printer to print the tickets. Since we couldn’t print them, we had to go to the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site to get the tickets. It turns out we could have gotten tickets there without purchasing online. Our entrance time would have been 30 minutes later, however. Right next to the Preview Site is St. Paul’s Church. We went inside where there were displays from September 11, 2001 and walked the grounds outside. After that, we headed over to the 9/11 Memorial. It turns out we could have gotten our tickets there as well, but there was quite a long line. We were able to go in the short(er) line. There is airport type security and then a short walk to get to the site.

Once you are in the site, you are able to walk around and see the two waterfalls which are in the footprints where the twin towers stood and the edges are engraved with the names of the victims.

 911 Memorial

You can also see the Survivor Tree which is a pear tree that survived the attacks and was rescued and replanted. I was glad that I was able to visit without my children and have some quiet time to reflect. When my children are a bit older, though, I will take them there and try to explain what that day was like. The museum was not open when we were there either, so I would like to be able to visit there as well.

After viewing the grounds, we went to the 9/11 Memorial Museum Store and were able to see Paul Jr.’s 9/11 Memorial Bike. There are also gifts and souvenirs that you can purchase that help fund the building of the site.

Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows, Mackinaw City, Michigan

When I was about 9 years old, my parents took my brother and me to a lumber jack show when we were in Oregon. I remember it still to this day almost 25 years later. One year ago today, when looking for things to do, we found a lumber jack show and Derek and I couldn’t wait to take the kids. It was a small event with just two competitors but it was very well done. Derek and I enjoyed it as much as the kids.There were different events that included log rolling, sawing, chopping, and some humorous commentary as well.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend it. The kids and adults enjoyed it and had a great time!

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Jack Pine MI 2012