Day 4 was a little rough after all the business the day before. We woke up early to make our way to Battery Park so we could catch the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (also included on our CityPass, so that was nice). It was so much more humid that day than it had been the few days before, so even though we were down there around ten, it was already so hot. Then we got on the ferry to go to the Statue of Liberty, and I don't know if it's because I'm pregnant or what, but the rocking of the boat made me so sick. That usually doesn't bother me, but for some reason it did this time. So that combined with the heat just made for a not so fun fifteen minute boat ride out to the statue. Then, once we got out there, there were just so many people. I think we were both a little tired of constantly being surrounded by people, so we kind of just walked around the statue, took some pictures, then got on the ferry to go to Ellis Island.
After another sickly boat ride, though this one wasn't quite as bad as the first, we got to Ellis Island. It was cool to see where the immigrants went when they first got to America, but a lot of the main building was a museum, and we were still museumed out at this point. So we walked through everything really quickly, at some food while we were there, and then got back on the ferry to go to Battery Park.
I felt bad that we weren't able to fully enjoy/appreciate both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but we were now twelve days into vacationing, and I think we were both just exhausted. We tried to figure out what to do next, because I had originally put the Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island on our itinerary for that same day, but it was so humid and hot and I still didn't feel well from the boat ride, so we just decided to go back to the hotel for a bit and get out of the heat.
We got to the subway station and waited for a while, and then got told that there were delays on the line we were waiting for. We thought, well that's okay, we can wait a little longer. So we waited some more. The weirdest thing to me about the subway in New York is that all the stations are blistering hot. In DC, they were air conditioned, and we were in Paris and Boston in the winter, so who knows about them, but the stations in New York were kind of killer. Like, so much that it was refreshing to walk up the stairs and outside into the heat and humidity. We carried two 24 oz water bottles with us every day on the trip, but our hotel in New York wasn't like a standard hotel, so there was no ice maker on our floor; we didn't know if there was one for public use, so we had just been filling up the bottles with tap water and hoping it would stay relatively cold. Which it didn't. Anyway, so we waited down in the subway station and drank our warm water, trying to cool down, but then they announced again that there was a delay, and that we all would be better off catching a different line and connecting elsewhere.
At this point, I was dying from heat and sick, and Brandon was roasting too, so we decided to go to a different station. Even though it was so hot outside, it felt so much better than being down in the subway station! We stopped at a Starbucks on our way and Brandon got a frappacino and I just got a big ice water. I don't know if it was just because I hadn't had legitimately cold water in four days or what, but the ice water shocked my system and I felt so much better! I really had been trying so hard to drink enough water, because the doctor stressed before we let how important it was to keep up with it on vacation, but there's a chance I was slightly dehydrated, because warm water just never sounded appealing haha.
We still went back to the hotel, but we had decided that we wanted to go to the Met for a couple hours before it closed. With all the train delays, we got back to the hotel with thirty minutes to spare before we had to leave to walk to the museum, but we both fell asleep for about twenty minutes, and I think it was just enough of a nap to give us the boost we needed for the evening!
Two hours was definitely not enough time at the Met. I guess neither of us thought we would want to spend more time than that there, because of all the other museums we had been to, but there were so many different exhibits to see! I really enjoyed the Manus X Machina costume exhibit, but the Egyptian artifact exhibit was probably the coolest. There was just seriously so much in each exhibit, and the exhibits were all so different from what we had seen at the museums in DC. We definitely should have allowed for more time there.
After the Met, we went to Serendipity 3 for dinner. Serendipity 3 is the restaurant that is in the movie Serendipity, and also they have amazing frozen hot chocolate, so Brandon was sweet enough to take me there for dinner. By the time we finished there, it was around 8:00, and we were both still tired from that day, so we went back to the hotel for another early night.