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New York For Australians

We arrive in New York City from California on our next family travel and have a wonderful place in Brooklyn through Airbnb. It was reasonably priced and included breakfast, so we ended up staying for 10 days. Through our experience, we believe we can offer you some luxury travel experts advise on exploring New York for Australians, and how to have a memorable single parent travel in this area.

New York for Australians
©Exploramum and Explorason – Our AirBnB home is actually on a TV series – can you guess which one?

Barclay Center

Day one, we headed out and discovered the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn. We went shopping – yeah – shopping in New York – my dream. I bought some great warm boots and a lovely jacket and sweater/jumper.  There are some fabulous shops – but you do need to hunt.

Local Transport

Oh, and we ended up discovering that life here is a bit like Fiji. The African-Americans run illegal vans down the main roads. You hail them and pay $2 a person. So you can travel in style in a taxi, or choose to travel as the locals do.

New York for Australians
©Exploramum and Explorason – Take time to stroll around New York

Manhattan

Next day, we rode the subway into Manhattan. My son loved reading the map and the stops and working out where we were to go. This became a daily obsession and I realize he has a skill that is quite unique for a seven-year-old in a foreign land.

New York subway
©Exploramum and Explorason – Enjoying the subway

Harbour Cruise

We paid (too much) for a Harbour cruise and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were closed due to Storm Sandy. But it was so cold, I barely coped with hanging out for 90 minutes on the cruise but it was still worth seeing it.

New York for Australians
©Exploramum and Explorason – New York City harbor cruise

New Jersey

We got to see New Jersey and learned so much about it and Explorason had fun too.  New Jersey is across the water from New York but is a completely different place and they seem to thrive on where they come from as being better than the other on talking to locals on both sides.

New York in winter
©Exploramum and Explorason – Fun in the water

Battery Park

Coming off the cruise, we enjoyed Battery Park. This is where you have to deal with the pressure from all the street sellers.

Twin Towers Memorial

We then headed to see the Twin Tower Memorial but after a 2-hour wait, we left. (Note: you need to purchase tickets from another place).  As this all occurred before my son was born, he couldn’t grasp the depth of the situation, so I decided to explain it and move on.

Time Square

We then headed for Time Square and this was just a heap of fun. Colored billboards and neon signs flash and illuminate and it is a lot of fun.

Times Square
©Exploramum and Explorason – Times Square

ToysRus

ToysRus is massive and 3 floors of fun. We loved the Ferris Wheel inside, and the Jurassic Park moving dinosaur, plus the Lego displays of Statue of Liberty etc.

ToysRus
©Exploramum and Explorason – ToysRus

In Times Square you can see us here on the screen. There are lots of interactive displays here.

Times Square
©Exploramum and Explorason – interactive billboard

M and M Store

We then headed on to the M and M store. I lost my camera here as it was so crowded and I put it down when selecting my son a Christmas gift. We headed back a while later and a lovely honest person had handed it in which is pretty much a miracle for New York.  I was a bit of a mess after that event of losing the camera. The M and M shop is packed with so many treasures. There are about 50 tubes of M and M’s to choose from – what a fun time we had!

M and M store
©Exploramum and Explorason – an M and M style Statue of Liberty

Christmas Lights

Tired as we were, we pushed on to see the Christmas Lights. Radio City was first and the Christmas Tree is lit up for all to see.

Radio City at Christmas
©Exploramum and Explorason – Radio City at Christmas

We loved the Christmas Decorations in the streets. By this stage, we were walking zombies.

Tired Australians in New York
©Exploramum and Explorason – Tire Australians

I am surprised his seven-year-old legs were holding out as it had been such a long day in New York for Australians.

New York for Australians
©Exploramum and Explorason – Enjoying New York decorations

Rockafeller Center

Now comes my dream! After watching Home Alone 2, I HAD to take my son to the Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas Tree which was just incredible especially in New York for Australians as we don’t have the cold feel of winter at this time of year.

Rockerfeller Christmas
©Exploramum and Explorason – Rockafeller Christmas tree

So as we end our first night trip to New York for Australians like us, and I am pretty thrilled. We have made it to New York.

A big part of my dream for this trip has become a reality.

If you have a dream – hold onto it. Believe in it and don’t give up. The joy you feel is just incredible when it becomes a reality.

Questions and Comments

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2 comments

  1. Christmas is such a great time to visit New York! I’m from Boston, and while they’re both East Coast cities, the differences are huge. Boston is much more quaint and has old school traditions, while New York is more intense and new-age.

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