Traveling in NYC with aging grandparents

Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:50 AM
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Traveling in NYC with aging grandparents

My daughter graduates from high school in June and wants me to take her and my parents to New York City. My mom's not keen on going because she get too tired,has trouble getting around, and doesn't feel the need to see the museums anymore since she's seen them so much. Any suggestions about easy (inexpensive) ways to get around and/or alternatives? We'll probably fly up.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 12:36 PM
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If she doesn't want to go Playlady let her stay at home. You and your DD do the trip to NYC, and then do something special close to home with your parents. Just a thought.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 02:18 PM
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You cannot use the two cheapest ways to get around NYC walk and the subway. Too many subway stations do not have elevators or escalators that go from the street level to the platform.

Buses are good since they have "kneeling" buses which make it easy for those who trouble with steps to negotiate them plus they have a platform that meets the sidewalk for walkers and wheelchairs.

Nelson is right, it will be the fun your daughter wishes the whole family to have, even though it is kind thought.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 04:45 PM
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Agree - if your mom thinks NYC will be too much for her - just take your daughter - so she can really explore. Then do something else with parents that both they and daughter will enjoy.

The only easy way to get aournd NYC for people without a lot of energy is cabs (buses are fine - but much of the day they are crowded and standing for 30 minutes to get someplace in traffic won't be fun either).
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Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 05:15 PM
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If your daughter wants to celebrate her high school graduation with her grandparents, she could ask her grandmother where she would prefer to go if New York City wouldn't be enjoyable for her.

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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 04:36 AM
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Thanks for the reality check. That's kind of what I was thinking, but just needed confirmation.
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 05:39 AM
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I was curious as to HOW you were going to get her grandparents to NYC if they didn't want to go! Anyway, enjoy your family getaway; these types of trips are memory makers.
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I was curious as to HOW you were going to get her grandparents to NYC if they didn't want to go!

Depending on their age and condition duct tape, drugs, or both. That way the plane ride is much enjoyable than when you have full senses.
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....duct tape, drugs, or both...

Thanks for a Sunday morning laugh.

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duct tape, etc.

That's the mental picture I was formulating!
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 11:58 AM
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These are travel tips you will not find on Trip Advisor or Slow Travel.
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Adu, for you:

http://thezac.com/ducttape/
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Y'all are too funny.
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Y'all are too funny.
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