New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

Early on in our New York City planning stages, Jordan and I knew walking the Brooklyn Bridge was a must! While in New York City a few summers ago, we only spent one afternoon in Brooklyn and ran out of time. No sleeping-in on vacation with a toddler, so we started the day with a low-key agenda of coffee, walking a bridge and pizza.

The subway station was about a seven minute walk from our AirBnB in Bushwick. We took the subway to Williamsburg, where we grabbed coffee and breakfast at Devoción’s café. This was after walking around in a few circles trying to find a coffee shop that was stroller friendly. The first place we went to (per a recommendation) was basement level.

Devoción's café in Brooklyn

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

I love frequenting coffee shops while on vacation. I don’t need fancy dinners, but I want need my fancy iced lattes and artisan avocado toast or chocolate croissant. Phoenix was very much ready for a diaper change and snack break by this point. I made sure to have plenty of pouches and little bites, but I also gave him our food.

DEVOCIÓN’s menu is small (no syrups, etc) but their espresso is creamy and delicious. For a Brooklyn establishment  it was roomy, clean and fairly baby friendly. Several babies passed through (including TWINS!). It was easy to keep our UppaBaby stroller next to us and even though patrons were working, no-one appeared bothered.

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

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After regrouping we walked a few more blocks to the ferry. Phoenix LOVED riding the ferry to the other side of the bridge. The ride itself was inexpensive and lasted maybe 15 minutes. I sat inside with the stroller, but Jordan took Phoenix out on to the deck. The ferry dropped us off in DUMBO — another part of Brooklyn we wanted to spend time in.

We walked down by the water for a bit. Jordan had to take a work call, so Phoenix and I found a nearby park to mostly stretch Phoenix’s legs. There are parks everywhere in the city. It’s really quite awesome.

Honestly, it took quite awhile to figure out how to enter the walking bridge portion of the Brooklyn Bridge. It felt like we were walking around in circles, but we eventually found it. The Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway begins at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. Don’t do what we did and type in Brooklyn Bridge in your map app — it won’t take you to a specific entry point.

Toddler Travel in New York City

Toddler Travel to New York City

Walking The Brooklyn Bridge with a toddler

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Phoenix fell asleep, while we were walking the bridge, for about twenty minutes. He wasn’t happy when he woke up (that was his only nap of the day), so we didn’t make it all the way across. I did love walking the bridge, but in the future I’d consider going even earlier in the morning to beat some of the crowds.

We decided to attempt to eat lunch at Juliana’s Pizza (which is right around the corner). A line was formed outside the door, but, thankfully, we were seated within 30 minutes. To keep a meltdown at bay, Jordan walked around with Phoenix. I observed a family order take-out and eat their pizza on some nearby benches. Now, that is smart parenting!

By this point Phoenix was so over-tired. Basically as soon as our Margherita pizza and housemmeatballs arrived we paid and placed everything in to-go boxes. We knew we still had to walk back to the subway and travel back to our AirBnB. Phoenix is a trooper and sleeps pretty consistently at night…when he’s home. He doesn’t sleep well on the go, so while I imagined he’d nap more while walking the streets of New York he didn’t.

Phoenix is pretty flexible during the day, but we couldn’t quite adjust his bedtime. Everyday we planned on getting back to start the bedtime routine around 4 pm. Our AirBnB had a balcony, so after Phoenix was asleep we reheated our (incredible) pizza and finished the previous days’ bottle of wine.

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

^ Waiting for pizza!

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

^ On our leg back to the subway Jordan found THE street in Brooklyn. We had to stop and take photos. By this point Phoenix didn’t want to be in his stroller, so out came the Sakura Bloom Sling. 😉

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

Follow the adventure! Day One in Brooklyn.

New York City with a Toddler: Day One in Brooklyn

New York City with a Toddler: Day One in Brooklyn

Jordan and I love New York City. When we decided to take a family vacation during Phoenix’s fall break, NYC was our first choice. We come alive in big cities. Toddlers never stop moving, so we never considered going to the mountains or the beach. Honestly, bringing Phoenix to the ocean seems like a lot of work!

We broke our trip up into three sections: two nights in Brooklyn, three nights visiting family, and another three nights in Harlem. Let’s dive into our first day in New York City with a toddler, including choosing where to stay, flying with a toddler, and the pros and cons of using Airbnb.

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San Francisco | On A Mission

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. To start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco The Mission District

When Jordan and I stay in San Francisco again, I want to spend more time in the Mission district. After our brunch date with Kelly at Plow, Jordan and I made an ill-advised decision to walk to the Mission. You might think a two-mile walk wouldn’t be a problem. You would be correct. Except walking two-miles up San Francisco’s hills when you are also 30 weeks pregnant is another thing!

Suffice it to say, we walked very slow.

San Francisco The Mission District

San Francisco The Mission District

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Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee

Rainy Days Exploring Franklin Tennessee

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In my recent reader survey, more travel posts were mentioned as something you wanted. Specifically, travel related to Nashville! Jordan and I enjoy discovering new areas of town, but we also gravitate towards the familiar especially when we don’t have a lot of time.

If you come to visit (within my long list) I’ll suggest eating at one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Up, and spending a morning in downtown Franklin, TN.   Continue reading “Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee”

San Francisco | Brunch at Plow

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Street

After exploring San Francisco by bus, we met fellow blogger, Kelly, for brunch at Plow on our last full day. Afterwards, Jordan and I spent the afternoon exploring, shopping and eating ice cream in the Mission district. As always, we took too many photos to put our day all in one post. First up, brunch at Plow!

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Palace of Fine Arts

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Palace of Fine Arts

It is strange to write these California posts and see my pregnant belly now that Phoenix is 16 weeks old! I look at pictures and then look over at my son and think to myself, “It was you all along.”

Now being in the throes of newborn land, I am even more thankful Jordan and I went to California for an extended vacation. I look forward to sharing stories from our adventures with Phoenix, especially this trip since he was there too!

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Taking San Francisco by Bus

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

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The Mill in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After our time admiring the Painted Ladies, Jordan and I needed a coffee (i.e. bathroom) break. After performing a quick Google search, I found plenty of coffee shops the next block over. We settled on the Mill in San Francisco which is part bakery, part coffee shop and completely adorable.

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A Full House in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco. I’m not completely sure what to think about you. On one hand, you are breathtakingly beautiful. From oceans to mountains to old Victorian homes, it al paints a serene picture. On the other hand, you are difficult to maneuver, expensive and your homeless population is widespread.

After visiting a large city, Jordan and I like to compare and contrast them with one another. So, while San Francisco loses points on the public transportation front, it does win in many other areas; especially with its historic landmarks. Those are worth seeing.

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Weekend Links / / Perfect Snugapuppy

Weekend Links Baby K'tan

Currently I’m sitting on our couch while baby Phoenix naps in his Snugapuppy bouncer. A friend loaned us their bouncer and in the last few days Phoenix has preferred to nap this way. Speaking of sleep (in addition to tracking his feedings) on Wednesday I started tracking naps. I figure by tracking, I’ll start to notice Phoenix’s own natural rhythm. For instance, his first sleep of the night is his longest stretch. The past few days he’s slept from 7pm-11pm. This is our best chance for sleep too!

We have friends in town this weekend. I’m excited to spend time outside of the house and for them to meet Phoenix! The hardest part of these past two weeks has been being (mostly) housebound. This was necessary, as I’m recovering from surgery, but I’m feeling the itch to explore. I’m hoping the humidity will begin to break soon so we can go on daily walks without melting!

Onto the links!

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