2011 Summer Road Trip - Day 34

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The kids and I decided to go into the city today and check out Central Park.  It took us a while to get up and around, but we did catch the train and head over to explore.  Our train dropped us at the American Museum of Natural History, so we decided to go in and explore.

There were so many cool things to see!

Reese loved the dinosaurs.

She loved the animals, too.

The time capsule outside the museum was interesting.

After seeing everything we could see in the museum we set out to discover Central Park.  Reese and Katie climbed on the rocks, sailed the sailboats, and walked the trails.

My little explorer!

"Take my picture on this rock!"  Again...

We went to visit the Bethesda Fountain and checked out the ponds and lakes.  Everything was just beautiful!  The girls each picked out a sculpture that they liked and had their picture taken with it.

One of the ponds in Central Park.

Reese liked the dove in this sculpture.

Katie liked the butterflies.

The girls picked the bumble bees for Jack.

The Bethesda Fountain was beautiful!
 Reese walked through this arch and I managed to catch a picture.  I thought is was so cool that I went back to the hotel and looked up the arch on Google.  This is what I found.

Trefoil Arch

Located at 73rd Street, the Trefoil Arch is noted for its unique style and design.
This 16-foot arch was constructed in 1862 to provide a pathway from Conservatory Water to the Lake. Unlike the majority of bridges and arches in Central Park that were made from sandstone, the Trefoil Arch was built using brownstone. The arch's east and west sides each feature a different type of design. While the arch’s eastern side is gothic in style with a trefoil archway, its western side has a rounded arch. In addition, the eastern side has cast-iron railings and intricate quatrefoils on either side of the arch, while the western side simply features buttresses decorated in a floral pattern.
Reese walking under the Trefoil Arch.
We went to the Conservatory Water to check out the sailboats and see the pond.  This is what we found out about the area:

The original plan for Central Park called for a formal flower garden and a large glass house, or conservatory, for tropical plants. An ornamental pond was constructed as a reflecting pool for the conservatory, but when the plan for a structure was abandoned, the water body became the popular model boat pond, inspired by those in Parisian parks. 
From April through October, children and boat enthusiasts come to navigate radio and wind-powered vessels across the shimmering waters. It’s such a popular destination that writer E.B. White set the whimsical boat scene in his children’s classic, Stuart Little, here. It was recreated in the 1999 film of the same name.

We didn't rent any sailboats, but we did send a few back out onto the water and watch them sail around.
Reese set that boat back sailing!

They were waiting for it to get close enough to grab.

Katie got it back out there!

We went to one of the playgrounds in Central Park, too.  The girls loved the spiderweb, and Jack thought the swings were great!  We only played about an hour, but they talked about our time at the playground the rest of the night!

Queen of the mountain!

Little Man LOVED the swings!

My little mountain climber.

We met David at the Apple Store and played there for a bit, then we headed back to our hotel in Harrison, New Jersey.  Jack was so tired by the time we got on the subway.  He made our ride back to the hotel totally miserable!

Jack was SO done by the end of the day!