New York, New York (part 2)

So it’s the second day of our adventure in the city, pretending to be tourists(if you’d like to see our first day you can click here). We wake up, I run to the Starbucks in the lobby and we decide to go to Madam Tussauds. At the time that we went it wasn’t crowded but I have to believe that it would be crowded during the later afternoon and we went around 11 am. That being said, we had so much fun there we spent about 2 hours just taking our time and taking pictures and having loads of fun. If you want to see my full review of that trip to Madam Tussauds just click here. After our trip to Madam Tussauds we walked to Halal Guys cart on 53rd and Broadway. This was my first time ever having halal food so I was excited and it was super yummy. We actually ate the food back in the hotel room but on the way back we stopped into this little bakery called the Buttercup Bakeshop. Now, for anyone who loves the show How I Met Your Mother, this name would resonate with you as a familiar one. That’s because it is. Buttercup Bakery is the name of a bakery that was run by one of Ted’s girlfriends. Upon seeing the name I knew I had to step in and see what it was like and the inside look very similar to what they showed the inside of the fictional bakery in the show to look like. Now I don’t know if there is a real or definite connection BUT when I was doing research for throwing my little brother a How I Met Your Mother themed 21st birthday party, this bakery was what I remember finding out existed. So naturally I had to taste the cake. The pieces were beyond huge, 2 people couldn’t finish one slice and the cake itself was super creamy and moist and wonderful. I would definitely recommend.

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We were eating in our room when Housekeeping showed up and we had to leave the room for a while so we went to the lounge by the lobby and just relaxed for about 35-45 minutes and we looked up at how extremely high the entire hotel is, and we tried to guess how many rooms could possibly be in this hotel we did this for a while before I got bored and wanted to go back to the room. Housekeeping was gone and we took a little nap before trying to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner and whether Ripley’s would be before or after that.

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Look at how high up this building goes!!

So we decided that we were going to go to Ripley’s and then go get dinner to go at Bubba Gump’s. We also made another stop at the Hershey store because I needed a special type of chocolate for our Valentines Day dinner and they carried it. So we went to Ripley’s and we had fun, I think Cris enjoyed it more than I did. If you would like to see our review on Ripley’s click here. After Ripley’s we went to Bubba Gump’s and order shrimp and calamari to go and went back to the room. We finished the cake slices we bought earlier and started to pack up to go home the next day. All in all our weekend of being tourists in Times Square and enjoying our time together was a complete success. We’re already dreaming of going back to The View for summer’s restaurant week, and we’re trying to figure out where our next adventure is going to take us.

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Ripley’s!

As I mentioned once, I love museums. All types. So naturally, when we went to have our weekend in Times Square we also decided a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium was on our list of things we wanted to do. I have been and Cris hasn’t so he was interested in all the weird things they have there and it very rarely changes so I was a bit bored with it. If it’s your first time though, you are going to really have fun.

Ripley’s Tickets go for $23.96 and we got our tickets for $21.00 through our friend. The museum is 2 floors and we really spent time in there but you could easily do this in an hour. We spent about 2 hours in there just really having fun and looking at everything. The first floor had some odd things, like the heaviest person ever, tallest man in the world, the weird side show people etc.

When you go upstairs there are a series of rooms with all kinds of weird things inside.The best room was the room with the Moose Head. I had a lot of fun in that room and it was probably the most fun to sit around in. The worst rooms was the one with the cockroaches and the torture room. These rooms were all about creepy bugs and the different kinds of torture devices that were used in the olden days. Cris enjoyed the torture room and spent a lot of time in here because it was fascinating to him what the methods of punishment were in different times. It was a form of punishment to me, to have to be in that room for longer than 5 minutes. But there was a funny photo op in that room which makes my displeasure worth it.

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As you make your way through all of the rooms you get to the black hole which is such a mind screwing experience. You walk through and you feel like you’re flipping upside down. It’s the coolest part of the entire museum. Cris went through like 5 times and I was only able to go through once. After the black hole there’s only  a few things left to see and their gift shop is under construction so it get’s bland after.

I have been to another Ripley’s in LA and I have to say the NYC one is a lot better! If you have already been to Ripley’s in NYC then you may not want to go again because things don’t really change but if you have never been I definitely recommend this as something you should see. All the things they talk about are real so you may just learn a thing or two!

Madam Tussaud’s!

I love museums. I love them so much I can go back multiple times and see the same things and not get bored. I love all kinds of museums, even wax ones. During our weekend in the city, Cris and I went to Madam Tussaud’s; to feel like some real Times Square Tourists, and to fool around and be silly.

So Madam Tussaud’s has a few ticket options; Celebrity, Superhero, and Ghostbusters Dimension. We had the celebrity ticket which goes for $29.00 but we paid $27.00 through our friend who is part of the Board of Ed. You can find deals for this museum online, just do some research. Now when you go in, you start on the 5th floor and work your way down. That floor is all movie star celebrities, and the theme is that you’re at a swanky party. We had fun with this section.

Once you get through that section you’re in the movies section and there were a lot of cool movie scenes. The figures were really cool but I had fun pretending I was in Jurassic Park.

Now from there we go into the TV shows, news broadcasts, etc. This was fun, especially the TV screens and seeing ourselves on TV the interactiveness of this section was great! There was a Jimmy Fallon area and the music in that section was so cool. You feel extremely immersed into the sections that you see.

Once we got through that section it was the whole political, diplomatic section. Here you can meet the Obama’s, Popes, the Royals, the first President and our current President: Donald Trump. The line to take a picture with that figure wasn’t long but we are in New York so that wasn’t something I thought was weird. This is my least favorite section because for some reason these figures don’t look as real but the photo op’s are great. It’s a love hate relationship with this section.

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Hanging out with The Royal Family.

Now from here we get into the newest section which is Ghostbusters. This was interesting, it was scary but not too scary and the special effects were cool. You had to walk through a haunted house like hallway to keep going through the museum so I fast walked and it was fine. Behind me though some teenage girls got the crap scared out of them they screamed so loud. I was curious but not enough to go back and find out what it was that scared them.

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The details in this section were really cool

Then we get to what I think is Cris’ favorite part, the Marvel section! We saw the 4D movie simulator which was cute, and it reminded me of It’s Tough to be a Bug in Disney’s Animal Kingdom but like really short. You do get sprayed with some water, so if thats a weird pet peeve of yours, then you may want to skip this. Before the film we took some pictures with the wax figures from the movies.

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Hulk caught me….

Once the movie was over, we went down stairs to the final floor and the first part of the floor was the sports section. We saw Eli Manning, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and then a few other athletes. It was a really small area but it was actually one of my favorite sections.

Finally the last section is the music stars section and they had the Jonas Brothers… without Nick… this was a serious problem for me. They also had Selena Gomez, Kanye, Beyonce, Rihanna and many others including Taylor Swift! This section is my least favorite because the figures look absolutely nothing like the people in my opinion. It was interesting. From that section, there was a gift shop where you can view some of the random photos taken during your time in the museum and then you exit.

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This is supposed to be Taylor Swift… I don’t see it.

I love this museum, I go once every few years and I haven’t been here since I was in high school. I did however go to the Madam Tussaud’s in LA which I thought was so fun! Each museum has differences and overlapping elements. I do think if you have never been and you live in New York or are visiting, you should check it out. If you’ve been once then maybe spend the money somewhere else but every few years you should see whats new. They are currently under construction so in a few years I’ll have to come back for some more wax fun!