Times Square Travel Guide

8 Things to do in Times Square

Dozens of famous retail brands and boutique specialty shops call Times Square home. Shop big name stores like Oakley, Forever 21, Levi’s, Quicksilver, Espn.com, Sephora, Express, American Eagle and more.  You don’t have to buy stuff to be entertained in some these stores. Bring your kids and check out M&M’s World and Hershey’s Times Square. You don’t want to miss the MTV and ABC studio stores to get souveniers from your favorite networks. Looking for a more intellectual spot? Stop by the Drama Book Shop, a famous bookstore loved by theater buffs worldwide.

  1. Famous Landmarks

There are some very famous buildings that are rich in Times Square history. Visit One Times Square, located at 1475 Broadway at 7th Ave, to see where the famous Ball drops from each New Year’s Eve.  Check out the New York Times Building located at 229 W 43rd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. George M. Cohen, the famous American composer, producer, playwright and actor is honored for his contributions to the theatre scene with a beautiful statue is located in area called Duffy Square, on 46th and Broadway near 7th Avenue. Want to check out a piece of music history?  The Brill Building, located on 1619 Broadway on 49th St. in the theater District, is responsible for housing studios that produced some of the most popular musical tunes ever written during the early part of the 20th century.

  1.  Special Attractions: Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Times Square’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is worth checking out, especially if you have children. They feature over 500 experiences and exhibits throughout the year. You can even see a New York City exhibit.   

  1. Restaurant Row and Dining

Times Square is famous for its wide range of dinners and restaurants choices. There are more than one hundred restaurants to choose from!Have you heard of Restaurant Row?   This Times Square area located on 46th St. between 8th and 9th Avenue packs over 30 restaurants that have large variety of different cuisines and price ranges. Get a table at Joe Allen, known to be frequented by stars such as Al Pacino and Liam Neeson.  

  1. Special Attraction: Discovery Times Square

The Discovery Times Square exhibition space is a lot of fun. This space has frequently changing exhibits that range from the Hunger Games to the Avengers Station, Bodies to LEGO Art.The exhibits are always exciting and well done, and are oftentimes perfect for families with young children.          

  1. Go to a Broadway Show    

Times Square is home to the Broadway theater district that  has captivating tourists and New York natives with hit musicals and classic modern dramas for over a century. Buy tickets at full price online or at the box office, or purchase discounted tickets at the TKTS Booth. The TKTS allows people to buy same day tickets to a wide variety of plays and musicals.   

  1. Special Attraction: Made Tussaud’s Was Museum

Madame Tussaud’s New York, has been entertaining audiences and tourists for the past 2 centuries with its life-like wax figures, and the Times Square location has been captivating visitors since 2000. If you are bored with  typical art museums, this place is for you. The exhibits are interactive, and they are always introducing new celebrities into the museum. It stays open until 10 p.m. which makes it a nice place to go with your family and kids after dinner.   

8. Watch the Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve    

If you are bored with staying home and watching the Ball Drop on TV every year, do something different and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square.  This tradition has been going strong since 1904, and the Ball Drop has been wowing crowds since 1907. Skip waiting out in the freezing cold hoarded like cattle in the “party Pens”, and party like a VIP at number of New Year’s Eve Times Square events.