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Touring NYC with the Kids

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While I am from NYC, it is always fun to see this magical city through the children's eyes. A few weeks ago we had the chance to be tourists in our own city when we experienced a boat tour of the Hudson with Statue Cruises.

Through the Harbor Tour, we enjoyed a 60-minute guided tour that makes it very easy for anyone to experience since they offer tours every 30 minutes between the hours of 9:00am and 4:45pm.

As the National Park Service Provider, this also allowed us to get “up close and personal” to the Statue of Liberty with openings to the Statue of Liberty on July 4th. We also enjoyed this amazing historical tour as we viewed everything from Ellis Island to the World Trade Center, the 9-11 Memorial, the South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge. What was really fun with the kids was pointing out how their Great Great Grandparents came from Ellis Island as well as seeing the city from the sea that was both fascinating and beautiful. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon as we saw the NYC we loved and saw it with different eyes from the sea. My daughters - 5 and 22 months - also loved that they could go to the upper level to view the city as well as to go to the lower level, which offered some coverage, where they could rest and enjoy a snack.

Departing from Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours will be available for guests seven days per week - giving locals and tourists flexibility and choice to fit everyone's schedule.

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Following our cruise, we were all very hungry and completed our day as tourists in Times Square. Not my favorite place in NYC, I do appreciate it for its incredible theatre. We ended up at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar where I was surprised by their diverse menu as well as fun options for the kids. My daughters had the pretzel chicken tenders, and the mac n' cheese that I was happy also included some carrots on the side. I had the Cedar Plank Salmon and my husband had the Huli Huli Roasted Chicken that we both loved for its unique and diverse flavors. After dinner we were given a tour of the facility, and I really loved the high energy of the restaurant that was mixed with Guy's rock and roll aesthetic featuring leather booths, roadhouse flare and private dining areas.

With the summer quickly approaching, we love that we have NYC and all of its many adventures as one of our favorite places to explore and discover with our kids.

Tours depart daily from Battery Park at the foot of Manhattan. Prior to embarking, passengers can purchase tickets online at, by phone at 201-604-2800, or at the seawall in Battery Park. For more information, please visit

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Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given complimentary boat tickets and a complimentary meal. 

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