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Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« on: February 22, 2024, 05:22:11 PM »
As always we are trying to maximize the value of our dollars. We're looking at all the options and honestly starting to feel some decision fatigue. Help?

DW and I have been there 2 (me) and 3 (her) times. College trip (her), Fleet week (me), visiting friends (her). We also took a family trip to NYC pre-COVID. Always looking for new things to visit.

Trip would be the first week of June. Likely driving to NYC and leaving our car again with friends on Long Island and staying in the city. This choice b/c moving 4-5 people by air is expensive. We can come up with the extra two travel days to avoid flying to save money. ~$200 in gasoline vs $1K in plane tickets. We're not millionaires yet.

My idea of staying in away from downtown and riding the train into the city each day is a non-starter. Daily LIRR train tickets would add up.

Most hotels seem to be about $300-$400. Our hotel choice doesn't need to be fancy but it does need to be clean and safe. We stayed in the Wellington Hotel pre-COVID but that hotel has closed since.
https://www.oyster.com/new-york-city/hotels/wellington-hotel/

Our soon-to-be graduate wants us to be able to walk right out of the hotel into the chaos of the city. The introvert in me screams NO LET'S GO CAMPING!

Looking for recommendations for places to stay and things to see. Planning to see a baseball game. We'll walk through Time's Square b/c the teenager.

Last time we walked everywhere and rode the trains and were perfectly happy.

Seeking the MMM forum wisdom and experience. Looking forward to reading your suggestions. Thank you in advance.

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2024, 05:34:06 PM »
I live in NJ, so do not know much about hotels etc.

One suggestion I would make is take the Staten Island Ferry on a clear sunny day. You get the best views of Lower Manhattan, Jersey City and Lady Liberty. The best part is that this trip is free! You just get off the boat, walk into the terminal in Staten Island and turn around and take the next ferry back.

Check if your bank offers museum visits for free (Bank of America used to do so). Museums can get pricy otherwise. They also may have free days, so do your research.

Watch out for the vendors/hawkers/costumed characters in Times square. A simple taco was $25 when DW bought from a streen vendor without asking for the price. The costumed characters are quite aggressive if your kids want photos. Also, some of the costumed characters are topless women with body paint. Watch out for the Chinese guys dressed as Buddhist monks, they are not Buddhist, but want to fleece you by giving a bracelet.

Use public transportation as much as possible. Keep your car parked where it is free.

Be adventerous about food, NYC has the most diverse food options in the world.

Wear comfortable shoes,you will have no problems meeting your 10k step goal (and much more).

Have fun.
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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2024, 05:42:29 PM »
About transportation.

Your assumption that if you lived outside Manhattan, you would pay LIRR to get around is wrong. LIRR serves Long Island and also goes to NYC. You can live in Jersey City or any of the 5 boroughs and use the subway/PATH system. The PATH and Subways are fixed price per trip, irrespective of the distance. LIRR, Metro North and NJ Transit are not fixed price per trip, but depend on the distance you travel

You could also buy daily/weekly/monthly passes(Please check, has been ages so I could be wrong).
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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2024, 05:46:51 PM »
Oh, and if you like parks, make sure you go for a walk on the High Line. The flowers should be blooming then.

Also free!
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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2024, 06:53:26 PM »
Yes - we walked the Highline last trip there. Met a friend my DW knew who lives there and walked the HL.

I really enjoyed that. 

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2024, 06:57:18 PM »
Oh, and if you like parks, make sure you go for a walk on the High Line. The flowers should be blooming then.

Also free!

Agreed, the Highline is great. The north end of it is close to the Intrepid Air and Aerospace museum (on an aircraft carrier) so I was able to jump on to it upon leaving the museum.

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2024, 06:57:54 PM »
Thank you for the Times Square education.

DW and offspring may stay in Long Island with our friends x2 nights. Some adjustments, including me staying home and taking care of the animals may allow for a plane ride for DW and offspring. The SO of our younger offspring may not go so the ticket costs may be more affordable. I'm perfectly pleased with staying home and looking after things here.

Our airport is in the nearest metro so I'll need to drive a bit to drop off and pickup. 

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2024, 06:58:27 PM »
Oh, and if you like parks, make sure you go for a walk on the High Line. The flowers should be blooming then.

Also free!

Agreed, the Highline is great. The north end of it is close to the Intrepid Air and Aerospace museum (on an aircraft carrier) so I was able to jump on to it upon leaving the museum.

Thank you Chaplin.

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2024, 07:32:44 PM »
If you need a quiet place to recharge your introvert batteries, The Cloisters up in Hudson Heights is very tranquil.  It is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art so paying one admission gets you into both places, if you have the energy.  I would probably do the Met first and then recover at The Cloisters.

There are some nice walks up in that upper part of Manhattan, too.

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Re: Planning family NYC graduation trip for youngest (18 yrs old)
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2024, 08:18:01 AM »
Thank you. That sounds like its worth the time and steps. ;)