Our NYC Bucket List!

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A large skyscraper in a city

Since I like to procrastinate in getting the last few details of this move together and I google all things New York late into the night (a bad habit!!) I decided a few weeks ago to start a Family NYC Bucket List. Actually, it started with my kids asking questions about our new home and sort of evolved into a bedtime ritual in place of a story (because all the books are packed).

“Tell us something else we can do in New York!” 

Explain explain explain.


So, here is what we have on our list so far. Please tell us more if you have other ideas!


NYC Bucket List
  1. Skate at Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time
  2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  3. Jimmy Fallon
  4. Horse-Drawn Carriage ride through Central Park
  5. Rent a boat in Central Park and paddle around
  6. Take Gordon to Levain Bakery for my very favorite chocolate pb cookie!!
  7. Statue of Liberty (Brooke is dying to go!)
  8. Top of the Rock
  9. Museum of Natural History
  10. Take family photos on the Brooklyn Bridge and in Central Park
  11. Lego Store (This is Blake’s favorite bedtime ‘story’!!)
  12. Empire State Building
  13. Katz Deli
  14. Go to a Yankees Game
  15. Water Parks around the city
  16. NYC Public Library
  17. See the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
  18. See Hamilton and as many Broadway shows as possible!!
  19. Get an authentic NYC bagel
  20. Try all the pizza!!
  21. Go to the Seinfeld restaurant (Gordie’s favorite show!)
  22. Eat all.the.things in Little Italy
  23. Shop in Soho + Chelsea + all the cute little neighborhoods
  24. Visit Santa at Macy’s at Herald Square
  25. Enjoy frozen hot chocolate at the original Serendipity
  26. Black and White cookies!! Yes please!!
  27. Buy dishes from Fishs Eddy
  28. Go into the Flatiron Building
  29. Grand Central Station for Blake!!
  30. Take a helicopter tour of the city (for all the boys in the family)
  31. Go to the 9/11 memorial on 9/11
  32. Meet Gord for lunch in the city just outside his office! How romantical!
  33. Visit Union Square
  34. Run into a celebrity…we’re not picky!
  35. Have a real NYC brunch somewhere amazing
  36. See an SNL taping
  37. See a game at Madison Square Garden
  38. Walk through Times Square with the kiddos!
  39. Get hot chocolate at Bouchon Bakery (so amazing)
  41. Order Chinese at 2am BECAUSE I CAN
  42. Washington Square Park
  43. Chelsea Market
  44. Take Trapeze Lessons!
  45. Find those colorful bagels in Brooklyn
  46. Buy something from Tiffany’s (ahem….Gordon)
  47. Central Park Zoo, of course!
  48. Go to Zabar’s
  49. Travel to the Hamptons/Montauk during the summer and get a vacation rental
  50. Go to a performance at Lincoln Center

That’s what we have so far…but always looking for more recommendations!!

Thanks, friends!! We are getting pretty darn excited to live in this big and busy city! More to come soon! xo

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  1. Emily

    So fun to be able to get to enjoy NYC while your kids are young. It’s always a place my teenagers want to go but never have enough time to do all the fun things that city has to offer. We’ve been many times and we love that city. So different from Florida!!❤️

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  3. Nina J

    I’ve been to New York quite a few times, but there are so many things I haven’t seen! We’re planning on taking our boys there in 2 years or so, this list, really all your posts about New York with kids, will be so helpful!

  4. Lisa White

    We went to NYC last year in August and it was amazing!!! We did the tour city bus just to be able to see everything, stopped in Chinatown (yes I bought a FAKE LV for a friend NOT ME) went to the 9/11 memorial, ate at Olive Garden at Times Square (I know why would we eat a chain nothing else was open) 1 adult plate was $40. Just great sightseeing. Take comfy shoes because we walked a bunch 23K steps or more each day. SUPER EXPENSIVE I would love to visit during Christmas. But loving you I follow you on Insta, have your FB to show up TO SEE FIRST.