If you missed my previous posts recapping our trip, you can catch up with
Part 1 - Philadelphia and Atlantic City HERE.
Part 2 - Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg HERE.
Part 3 - East Stroudsburg and the Poconos HERE.

It’s our fourth and final day of our trip and we spent it in

We travelled with Mark’s sister, Karen, and her husband, Shannon. They have been to NYC a few times and since we had ONE DAY, we let them choose what all for us to see and do! They did a GREAT job! It was fast and furious and FABULOUS!

Day 4 - Here we go!


Saturday morning we took our FIRST train ride! Our train left very early from Philadelphia. It was about an hour and a half ride to New York City!


We arrived in Grand Central Station!


And when we walked outside…


We were at Madison Square Garden.

We found the subway, purchased our first Metro cards (tried to act like we knew what we were doing! Ha!) and rode to Battery Park to see…


the Statue of Liberty!
Definitely a must see and a very humbling moment. Since we only had about 12 hours in New York City, we chose not to go to Liberty Island. However, Mark and I want to make sure we go on our next trip!
* A fun side note - When I was in the 3rd grade, I composed and performed a song on the piano about the Statue of Liberty and I WON 3rd place in the STATE!


Next, we visited the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.


Everyone remembers where they were when they heard about the twin towers on 9/11. I was in college at Hardin-Simmons University. We were having the Inauguration of our new University President that day therefore classes were cancelled. I was enjoying a slow morning at home drinking my coffee and watching Good Morning America. They went live after the first tower was hit and then I watched with the rest of the country as the second tower was hit.

I have seen the images on TV, read books about what happened that horrific day, and have seen Ground Zero and the memorial sights in photographs. However standing there, at the actual place where the two towers once stood, is something I will never forget. Remembering the lives that were lost and those brave men and women who responded. I do hope to go back and tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum someday.


We walked through St. Patrick’s Cathedral and took in the amazing architecture.


Absolutely gorgeous stain glass windows!



Stunning. I could have sat in there for hours looking at all the intricate details.


We walked and walked and walked! Got in all our steps and MORE!


So much to see! We were trying our best to take it all in!


Mark decided to try a New York City hot dog for lunch. I mean, when in New York, you gotta have the street hot dog, right?

The rest of us had 99 Cent Fresh pizza! We grabbed a couple slices and found a spot outside to enjoy our lunch. It just happened there were seats available at the Starbucks across the street. #winning

There are obviously some great places to eat in NYC but again when you are there for 12 hours, our priority was taking in the sights - not the food! 😉


We found the Ed Sullivan Theatre!


Times Square! Being on Good Morning America is on my bucket list but snapping a picture in front of it would have to do for now!


We had tickets to the 2:00pm Broadway show, Waitress, with Katharine McPhee!!


We were excited for our first Broadway Show! Mark and I both LOVE musicals!


It was SO GOOD! It was funny. It was witty. The singing was AMAZING!


When you see your name in lights, you get excited! Ha!


Karen had been telling us about this amazing cheesecake from Juniors. After our show, we grabbed a slice. It was FANTASTIC! Gosh, I love a good cheesecake and this one did not disappoint! Mark and I shared a slice on our way to Central Park.


It was gorgeous weather!


It was much bigger than I expected!
I’m not sure what I expected exactly, but there were so many trails and things to see that we couldn’t do it all. I loved seeing the locals running through the park. I really wanted to grab my tennis shoes and enjoy a run through the beautiful scenery. It also reminded me of the Friends episode where Phoebe runs with Rachel. You know the one where she runs all free like a kid would run flailing her arms in the air?? So funny! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not sure we can be friends. Ha! #friendseveryday


Speaking of… we found the Friends fountain!!
I sent this picture to Alyssa (she’s a Friends fanatic more than her Momma!) and she was just a little bit jealous. I think we’ll have to take a girl’s trip to NYC!


We started making our way back to Grand Central Station.


We did a little shopping popping into a few stores. Mark bought a new watch at Fossil. I’ve never known someone to collect and love watches like Mark. New watches make him happy! :) Shannon grabbed a few items at the Under Armour store too.

When we arrived at Grand Central Station, our train was delayed a few minutes so we grabbed a bite to eat in the train station before boarding. We rode the hour and a half back to Philadelphia, grabbed an Uber back to our hotel, and got to bed around midnight. A few hours of sleep and we were back up at 4:00am to catch our flight home Sunday morning.

A few notes:
*Yes, we hit about 5 Starbucks in NYC but I don’t have a picture of any of them. I did buy a mug! If you are new here, I collect coffee mugs when I travel. I’ll have to do a post to update you guys on my new mugs!

*New York City has a piece of my heart! I LOVED it and am planning a trip back!

*If you read all 4 posts, you will see the recurring theme of very little sleep! Ha! This was not a relaxing vacation. It WAS a TON OF FUN!

*If you are from or currently live in any of the places we visited, I would love to hear from you! Let me know what we should make sure to see and do next time! I know there was so much more we missed!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in our travels!

Happy Wednesday!