We went BACK to battery park (sea wall photo above is right next to this...) to CLIMB trees! This is something you can NOT do in most places with the long low limbs, however, we had seen a few folks parked their bikes in the park and hung hammocks from the limbs, so fair game in my books!!
Day two since we opted out of the Doc Dogs, we headed to Magnolia plantations (http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/) to supposedly take a boat tour of the swamps and bird preserves. we were about a month too early and it's still considered winter and the boat is NOT open yet - bummer! So we took the cart tour instead - still just as nice, but a bit chilly on the long runs... And of course the petting zoo was a hit with the girls. Rightly so if you can feed a bunny AND and albino peacock :o)