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Mother/daughter trip to NY Need advice!!

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Mother/daughter trip to NY Need advice!!

Hello! I am planning a trip with my daughter to NY in March. Does anyone have any Must see advice for us? We have never been there and are not rich! If you have any tips etc.... for us please let me know! My daughter is 17.


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There are so many "must see" places in NYC - to name a few: Times Square at night; a trip up the Empire State Building (buy tickets on the web in advance to avoid the lines); Central Park South (with the horse and carriages) and the Waldorf Astoria, corner of Central Park South & 5th Ave.; Rockefeller Center & St. Patricks Cathedral, off 5th AVe. in the 50's; a B'way Show; Greenwich Village & Washington Square Park (arch); at least 2 museums, I'd recommend the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) & the Museum of Natural History; South Street Seaport/Little Italy/Chinatown (can be combined in one visit downtown, east side); and I'd say the site of the World Trade Center (heart wrenching, but important to see) - can be combined with Wall Street. Oh, of course the Statue of Liberty - you don't have to necessarily go to

Ellis Is. - but maybe take Circleline (1/2 way around) or Spirit of NY boat ride which takes you close enough. What did I miss? I'm sure others will add to this list! P.S. If you have time, the Intrepid is real interesting.

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Exploration of Central Park is a must.....free! Go to their website, www.centralpark.org, for a calendar of events and free guided tours.

As noted earlier, a trip up to the Empire State Building is a must & buy your tickets in advance.

At least one Broadway show is a must, so check out www.broadwaybox.com for discounts, or if you want to wait and get tickets when you arrive to save on fees, you can join www.playbill.com for free, print out their various offers and get them at the box office. Remember that the longer you wait the less availability you will have for what you want to see.

THere are 3 "major" museums to choose from...Musuem of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art & the Museum of Natural History.....Modern Art has free admission on Friday evening from 5 - 8, Metropolitan has a "sugggested" entrance fee but you can actually give what you want, not sure about Natural History. IMO, one of these is a "must".

Take the Staten Island Ferry (free) for a trip past the Statue of Liberty......explore downtown Manhattan, Batter Park, Southstreet Seaport, Ground Zero & St. Pauls Church. Walk through Chinatown, very good places to eat at reasonable prices, Little Italy and into Greenwich Village (your 17 year old will love it), especially the area around Washington Sq Park. You can both go to Cafe Wha (www.cafewha.com), a famous music venue, fun for all ages, reasonably prices, and they serve food.

A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is a must, also.

THe Upper West Side is a beautiful neighborhood to walk around in, lovely architecture.....start at the Time Warner Center, Lincoln Center and walk north.

There is so much more, depends on what you are looking for. Check www.newyorkled.com, www.bigapplevisitorscenter.com,

and www.bigapplegreeter.org (get a free tour with a local).

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I love NYCgirl's list. I'll add a couple of must-sees:

A tour of the Tenement Museum is an unforgettable experience.


As is a day spent exploring Central Park, and lunch at the Boathouse Restaurant. The hansom cabs might be romantic, but the way to explore the park is on foot. Tough to get too lost, as it's only three blocks wide. Browse their official web site for great things to do, plus you can take a virtual tour:


Definitely buy your discount theater tickets in advance through www.broadwaybox.com, which directs you to secure sites to purchase... they'll hold the tickets at the box office for you.

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I think Mother/daughter trips are fantastic. Here's the link to a guide on how to do/shop cheap in NYC


There are lots of free things in NY from the Staten Island Ferry (for a FREE view of the Statue of Liberty) to free walking tours etc.

If you have special interests post back for more help.

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My daughter and I went to New York about three years ago - it was absolutely wonderful.

If you are going to see a show Phantom of the Opera is a must. There is a discount ticket outlet right in Times Square and you can get great tickets at wonderful prices but get there early - there is a line

Also ground zero is a very moving place to see - pictures do not do it justice. My daughter was about the same age when we went, ENJOY !! Let us know how you liked it. We are going back this summer

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I went last May with my daughter, and it was great! For a 17-year-old, I would recommend H & M for shopping (huge store with trendy clothes at great prices) and, if she's into makeup, Sephora. My daughter loved them both. A trip to Tiffany's is a must, even if you don't buy anything. One of the highlights of my daughter's trip was having her picture taken with a couple gorgeous New York City firemen, one of which was in the New York City firefighter's calendar for 2005! No matter what you do, it will be fun just being there with your daughter. I went again in September with my mother, and this September I'll be back with my mother, my daughter and my sister - a family affair! New York is the best, you'll love it.

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Best advice yet-----Go see Hairspray and Broadway. Get your tickets in advance. 2nd choice - go see Mamma Mia.

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My wife and I went to NYC for the first time in July last year...I think we got to cover most of the "basic" New York stuff: Empire State Building, UN building, Staten Island ferry, Brooklyn Bridge etc. I have posted a trip report with pictures from our trip to NYC on my homepage http://gardkarlsen.com. Maybe you can find some useful information there :-)



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9. Re: Mother/daughter trip to NY Need advice!!

Your tips are great! Thank you so much for the suggestions. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, I hear you are getting a lot of snow Tues.