Planning a trip to New York for 5 1/2 days for a family of 5 with older teens (Boys 15,17) and Girl (19). This will be our boys first trip and we are normally take adventure vacations (White water rafting etc..) so the boys are already rolling their eyes at this trip. The girl loves Broadway and is looking forward to it. We are staying in the East Village Suites (12th & Ave A).
I realize I probably need to narrow the list down. So below is what I have narrowed down as far as sites to see. Would love it if those in the know could suggest some additional don't miss items particularly for teens. Also, maybe some suggestions on what to pass on. Also, I have some additional questions that are listed next to the itinerary items in addition to the following:
Big Apple Greeters [Would you do this and if so What area would you have them tour us?]
Brooklyn Heights Promenade B [Train over/walk back over Bridge, maybe Pizza and Grimaldis]
Staten Island Ferry BP [Either this or the The Beast, what do you suggest]
Statue of Liberty BP [Should we just sit it from the water or is trip to the Crown worth the time]
Central Park CP [Need suggestions on itinerary and things to do like biking or carriage ride]
Tenement Museum EV
Union Square Park EV/G
Ground Zero FD [What is the best way to experience this sacred place?]
Apollo (Amateur Night Wednesday) H [This is definately optional and not sure if we would be welcomed, seems like most think it has lost its pizzazz but would go if it is alot of fun? Whatya think?]
Little Italy LI [Is it worth it given time?]
Fifth Avenue Stroll MT
Grand Central Station MT
NY Library w/ Bryant Park MT
Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks TD [Struggling with where to view them without having to waste half a day saving a spot or Spending a fortune on a cruise]
Newsies TD [Gotta do this, my kids have seen movie a thousand time]
Pippin TD [
Times Square TD
Harbor Tour (- The Beast) TD
How to be a Newyorker (Dinner and Off Broadway) TD [Good reviews but what do you think about for teens]
Peter & the Star Catcher TD
Times Square Church TD [Maybe Sunday services????]
National Comedy Theater TD/GD [Seems family friendly, what do you think?]
Metropolitan Museum of Art UES [Would this be the one or is it just too much time to appreciate given restless teens]
The Frick Collection UES
Hudson River Park Carousel & Skatepark WV [Youngest is a Skateboarder so I thought this would get him excited. What about viewing fireworks from here?)
Accomplice: The Village WV [Sounds interesting and fun but what do you think]
- Thinking of just loading up a single Metrocard and using as needed versus buying the 7 day unlimited. Is this the way to go?
- Would you get a NY Pass?
- Would you use a Hop on Off pass
- Seems like going to a taping like Jimmy Fallon or something similiar just takes so much time. Would you do it with my group/itinerary and if so then which one.
Thanks for any advice in advance.