So, just before the girls went back to school in September we took a mini stay-cation. Rather than venturing out we stayed close to home and explored the city. Sometimes these are the best vacas though. No long car ride, no packing, and no expensive hotel bill means less stress.
One of the perks of being close to NYC is there are endless places to explore, and the city is always changing.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
First stop, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The parks trails wind along the waterfront at the edge Brooklyn. You can walk, run, bike, walk your dog, whatever tickles your fancy. The views of the lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge are breathtaking.
We parked on the street in Dumbo and walked avoiding the $50 parking decks closer to the action. Dumbo is an adorable neighborhood, an attraction in itself with old cobblestone streets and restored authentic brownstones. Seriously picturesque.
Entering Pier 1 you can stop and wonder at the magnificent bridge or visit one of many funky little food trucks. I highly recommend the best lobster roll in NYC at Luke’s Lobster or a lemon-basil-ginger lemonade at Lizzmonade. We were in foodie heaven!
Pier 2 Roller Rink
The main attraction for the day though was roller skating at Pier 2 Roller Rink. The massive open air sports complex also boasts basketball courts, handball, and a playground.
It’s really hard to describe the feeling of experiencing nostalgia from childhood favorite pastime, a beautiful sunny day mixed with cool breezes blowing in from over the East River, music playing and the backdrop of the city. The FEELS is all I can say. If you’re in or around NYC do not miss this, with child or not!
And when the sun goes down it’s even more magnificent!
Brooklyn Crab & Fairway Market- Red Hook
If you’ve worked up an appetite after skating for 4 hours like we did check out Brooklyn Crab located about 2 miles south along the water’s edge in Red Hook. It’s a little on the pricey side, $60 for a family of 3 but if you can swing it, go!
At first I was a little intimidated by the very bar-ish atmosphere upon arrival but had heard great things about it being family-friendly and decided to put our name on the list anyway and I’m so glad I did.
The Brooklyn Crab is an open air, multi level restaurant. We took a table up top in the loft so we could catch views looking over the water. Lots of crab leg cracking and good times were had!
After dinner, we went down stairs to the backyard area where there is mini golf and a huge sandbox for kids to play in. If you have very small littles, request a table here so they can play in the sand while you enjoy your dinner.
Tip: If there is a wait, check out Fairway Market across the street and the restaurant will text you when your table is ready. We did and enjoyed walking the isles of fresh and unique organic products, imported coffee, wine and cheese.
These are just a few of Brooklyn’s finest when you are traveling with the littles but there is so much more to see in this beautiful city! Stay tuned more adventures and as always, if you have questions or would like to add anything, leave it in the comments below! I love hearing from you!
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