This morning we left Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and drove to Princeton, New Jersey to take the NJ Transit to New York City! We left Willow Grove around 7:30 am and arrived at the Princeton Junction Station at 9 am. Along the way, we drove through Trenton, NJ. Parking was a nightmare at the train station, but we were finally able to find a spot! We got on the 9:30 am train and arrived to New York Penn Station at 10:30 am. We exited the train station so that we could see the Empire State Building and then we went back into the station to get on the subway and head down to Battery Park because we had tickets to go to the Statue of Liberty at noon. We walked around Battery Park for a little bit and then we got in line to go through security for the Statue of Liberty. It didn’t take too long and soon enough we were on the boat heading to the Statue of Liberty! I was glad that the weather cooperated, because when Nicole and I did the water taxi in the summer of 2015, it was cloudy and cold! Today it was sunny and just a little chilly.
We got off the boat and decided to walk around the island to see the front of the Statue of Liberty and take some pictures. We had reserved tickets to go to the top of the pedestal (we had wanted to go to the top of the crown, but it was sold out). We had to wait in another security line but then we were finally allowed inside. We wanted to take the elevator because of my mom’s ankle, but the line was super long. She said her ankle was fine, so we climbed 215(!!) steps to the top of the pedestal. It was really cool! You could go outside and walk around. We were able to get some really cool pictures up there! We then walked back down the 215 stairs (not so bad going down!) and went to the gift shop. We then got back on the boat and rode over to Ellis Island (we didn’t get off the boat because of time constraints, but we saw it from the boat) and then headed back to Battery Park.
We then walked back down the 215 stairs (not so bad going down!) and went to the gift shop. We then got back on the boat and rode over to Ellis Island. We didn’t get off the boat because of time constraints, but we were able to see the island and the Immigration Museum from the boat. We then rode back to Battery Park.
We got off the boat at Battery Park and decided to walk up to One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. Again, we wanted to see the 9/11 Memorial Museum (I’ve already been there), but because of time, we were unable to (next time!). We saw the memorials where the Twin Towers had been and the fire station that had been the first to respond to the tragedy.
We then got on the subway and headed to Yankee Stadium to collect my Hard Rock Cafe shot glass. Since Yankee Stadium is in the Bronx and is about a half an hour subway ride from Manhattan, I hadn’t gotten the shot glass the previous two times I’ve been to New York (I did get the Manhattan one the first time I went). We had a late lunch there and then got back on the subway to go to Times Square before heading back to Princeton. We got off the subway at Rockefeller Center and wandered through Times Square on our way back to Penn Station. We got on the 6:30 pm train and got back to Princeton around 7:30 pm. We then drove to Mount Laurel, New Jersey (on the south side of Philadelphia) to our hotel and arrived around 8:30 pm. It was a long, full day, but it was so much fun! We’ll just have to go back to see the things that we missed! Tomorrow is our last day exploring new cities (Atlantic City and Philadelphia).