My daughter wanted a girls-only trip to NYC
for her 16th birthday…
My girl and her grandmas

She finally got her wish a couple of weeks ago!

We had big (unrealistic) plans to see almost every major tourist spot, see some shows, take some dance classes, and most importantly- find pointe shoes that fit! (Oh, and eat lots of good stuff!)
I’d bought the NYC Pass before we left.  It’s a pretty good deal, and although we didn’t see but 4-5 things out of the 80+ we could have we did get the right to jump to the front of the line in most places.  Figuring most things cost at least $20+ each I think it was worth it… REALLY worth it when you are short on time.  If we’d had another day we probably could have used at least 4 more places, if not more.  If we go back with the boys I’ll get it again, just because its worth it to me to not have to wait.   I’d say if you get it make sure to look on the website and plan what you’ll be doing each day, just to get your money’s worth.

So what DID we end up doing?

  • LOTS of walking! (Subways are HARD to figure out!)
  • Times Square hotspots (M&M store, Toys R Us, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, etc.)
  • Lots of dance stores & classes (Grishko, Capezio, Chacott/Freed, Yumiko, STEPS)


  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy
  • Top of the Rock Observation deck
  • Shopping
  • Pippin  (I bought tickets before we left and so glad I did!)

  • Cinderella (got 1/2 price tickets in Times Square)
  • South Street Seaport
  • Central Park
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • MOMA (Museum of Modern Art- got to see the Rain Room!)
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Always Look Up!