There’s Nothing Like New York City for the Holidays with TripAdvisor!

I received complimentary TripAdvisor Attractions to facilitate this post. All thoughts and photos are my own.

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Guys, there is NOTHING like New York City for the holidays.

Am I right? And there’s nothing like a little girl exploring the big city for the season. Ah, this annual trip ALWAYS tugs at my heartstrings. I always share about it and you all always love it and this year is no exception. Scarlet took Manhattan like a pro! She saw a Broadway play, hit a few museums, and even went to the top of one of her favorite buildings. More on that soon! Let’s just say that it was the best year yet. So much fun fit into 48 hours. Like NYC pros! This is how we did it.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest provider of tours, activities and attractions, with more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations! #ad #nyc

We used TripAdvisor! You can find shoppable tours and attractions at the click of your mouse and also read reviews. This is the world’s largest provider of tours, activities, and attractions, with more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide. And, TripAdvisor Attractions offers something for every kind of traveler. I’m talking everything from walking tours, skip-the-line access, theatre tickets, hot air balloon safaris, and even Everest base camp treks. We booked our attractions in advance on my mobile app and had the tickets in our phones for the entire trip. It was so easy!

Booking attractions in person, after arrival, can be risky. It’s better to book in advance where you can read reviews and see a “big picture” overview of what’s available where you’re going. TripAdvisor removes the friction of the unknown and provides knowledge, reviews, ease, and a wherever/whenever capability. There’s also their low price guarantee!

As you’ll remember from our Mystic Aquarium trip, there are many benefits:

Knowledge: We consolidate the options in one place, so you can easily search for what best suits your needs.
Reviews: We show you thousands of reviews on attractions so you can make informed choices
Ease: We make booking online or on our free mobile app quick and easy – no hotel concierge, no guidebook, no ancient brochures.
Whenever, wherever: You can book a month in advance, a week in advance, a day in advance, or a ‘skip the line’ ticket form the very line you’re standing in.
VIP access: We offer skip-the-line opportunities, behind-the-scenes access, private viewings and more
24/7 customer service: Book with TripAdvisor Attractions and you’ll have 24/7 access to our customer support team
Low price guarantee: If you find a lower price for the same tour or activity within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by our operator, let us know. We’ll refund the price difference

#1 on the list was Empire State Building Tickets!

We decided to buy tickets to the Observatory and the option to skip the line! So you get that unparalleled 360-degree view of New York City, where you can see popular landmarks like Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty (!), and Times Square. Scarlet got to do the indoor/outdoor observation decks, as well as access to the Dare to Dream exhibit, and the new Sustainability exhibit. With the mobile tickets through TripAdvisor, it’s just simply scanning your phone for direct entry.

#2 on the list was The Museum of Modern Art Admission with Skip-the-Line Access. Scarlet’s mind was blown by “Starry Night.” She actually said, “Whoa.. his actual brush touched that painting?” Indeed it did, Scarlet! Such an experience.

And then #3 on the list! The American Museum of Natural History. We love this museum and visit it at least once a year. The full-day admission tickets let you enjoy all the exhibits and collections, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space. And a Super Saver upgrade includes access to the Hayden Planetarium, giant screen film in 3D or 2D and any special exhibits.

Also not to mention, you can find the lowest price hotel with TripAdvisor. You can find the best prices from 200+ booking sites. With just one click, they compare prices from 200+ hotel booking sites – including the hotel’s own website – to help you find the lowest price on your ideal hotel near your tour or attraction! We especially like hotels with freshly baked cookies!

What would you book with TripAdvisor?

5 Things to Bring For Everyday Adventures (and Beyond)

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To say we’re an adventurous family is a bit of an understatement.

We pretty much breathe adventure and experience. I remember four years ago – when Des was two and Scarlet was five – that I took them to the wilderness of Maine to stay at a B&B and look for moose. Moose, we did find, as well as stunning foliage, a little gingerbread house/cafe, bridges, windmills, fresh air, sunrises, and sunsets to stun us all. It was an awesome trip and although we have traveled to far away places since then, and have seen amazing things, there was something about that FIRST moose adventure as a family. Des doesn’t even remember it, which means we’ll have to go again really soon.

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He does remember some amazing things we’ve seen, though – up close and in the distance.

The thing is, they grow up and so does their love for adventure. You have to be prepared. When they were babies and toddlers, everything was car seat this and car seat that. I thought it would eventually fade away, but it never will. My kids will be in car seats for many years to come, so it’s important that they are using the best ones for our adventure-loving family. That’s why we LOVE the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat. It helps with everyday adventures.

5 Things to Bring For Everyday Adventures (And Beyond):

1 – Smart techy things.

That’s right. We all know we need a smartphone and charger for maps and calling for help and information, but you may also consider a tablet or DVD player for your kids. Mine are either a bit young or a bit too motion sick for screens, but an MP3 player goes far for keeping them entertained with awesome music! Plus, don’t forget chargers.

2 – First Aid things, of course.

We keep a first aid kit for all trips, as well as a disinfectant, pain medications, bug spray, and sunscreen.

3 – Eating and drinking things.

Keep a cooler if you have space in your car. We also keep reusable water bottles and non-perishable snacks.

4 – Things to entertain the whole family.

This has a range, but among them – binoculars, cameras, maps, games, e-books, activity and coloring books, balls, frisbees, crayons, pencils, paper, and a car seat organizer to place in front of the kids’ seats so they can access it.

5 – A comfy and safe car seat for each kid – adapted to their age.

The Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is an innovative and new 5-in-1 convertible car seat that accommodates children from birth to age 10! And that’s a weight range of 5 – 120 pounds. It transitions between five modes of use: Baby Rear-Facing, Toddler Rear-Facing, Toddler Forward-Facing, Child Forward-Facing, and Belt Positioning Booster. Also, it’s the only convertible car seat equipped with Maxi-Cosi’s patented Adjustable Side Impact Protection, which creates a customized fit for all growth stages and ensures maximum protection in the proper position. There’s a lot more to love:

1 – Did you know that Maxi-Cosi is the top-selling baby car seat brand worldwide? For over 30 years, their car seats have carried over 50 million babies home from the hospital. 50 MILLION! Just think about that!

2 – The Magellan™ Max has been designed with comfort and style in mind, incorporating premium fabrics that are machine washable, while providing a contemporary, yet timeless look. I definitely can’t argue with that! It looks great.

3 – It’s available in Maxi-Cosi’s popular Nomad fashion: Nomad Blue, Nomad Sand, Nomad Purple, Nomad Black, Nomad Grey.

4 – It’s available at the following retailers: Albee Baby, Nordstrom and Buy Buy Baby and other specialty retailers

5 – The retail price of the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is $399.99 ARV each.

Now I definitely know what I’m getting my sister for her next baby gift. This car seat is a huge deal, as it should be. There’s nothing more precious than our loved ones. And it’s wonderful to safely show them some big and small adventures.

Find out 5 things to bring for your family's everyday adventures and how safety & comfort are never sacrificed with Maxi-Cosi. #ad #TheGreatBackseatAdventure

Find out 5 things to bring for your family's everyday adventures and how safety & comfort are never sacrificed with Maxi-Cosi. #ad #TheGreatBackseatAdventure

Find out 5 things to bring for your family's everyday adventures and how safety & comfort are never sacrificed with Maxi-Cosi. #ad #TheGreatBackseatAdventure

What’s in your car for your everyday adventures?

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