Day 2: Recap of NYE in National Harbor, MD

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[source: Gaylord Hotels]
On New Year’s Eve (NYE), we decided to go down to National Harbor, MD since a few people in our lives have mentioned this place and I always think they’re talking about Baltimore’s Inner Harbor — doh! Having only perused their homepage for a few minutes, I came to two conclusions:
  1. The National Harbor is what Penn’s Landing (Philadelphia, PA) wants to be when it grows up.
  2. I figured that we’d check out the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone and the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center since the ICE! exhibit was going on.
[source: Gaylord Hotels]

The National Harbor would have been a nice place to walk around in mid-morning on NYE — what was it, like 50F? Too bad we had to be at home. The blower on our heat pump needed replacing, which was important since the temperature has since dropped outside. Needless to say, I’m eagerly waiting for warmer weather so we can go back!

We only got to go to the Gaylord because the Launch Zone was closed. Upon seeing the crowd inside and the line that wrapped around the entire length of the lobby, I thought to myself, Wow, this Gaylord must be a big deal! 

 [inside the Gaylord, taken by the hubby]

We visited the lower level where the “streets” were decorated with lights and garland. J’s favorite part was the water show. We saw kids building gingerbread houses and taking pictures with the gingerbread man from Shrek. Cute, but for $79?! We did not go to the ICE! exhibit because it was $35 for adults! WHAT?! I’m guessing that ice-slide up there also costs extra. Pictures with the Madagascar characters also extra.

  [watching the water show]

 [enjoying the water show with daddy]

Man, really taking those parents’ hard-earned dollars, huh, Gaylord?

Later that evening, the hubby and I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes courtesy of Blockbuster Express. I can’t believe I stayed up until midnight after all!

How did you and the family spend NYE?

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