What to Do in Times Square

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On 42nd Street, where Broadway and 7th Avenue meet, is one of New York City’s most happening spots – Times Square. Named in 1904 for New York Times Newspaper, Times Square is most known for it’s wold famous annual New Year’s Eve celebration. For the near 30 million annual visitors, Times Square is the epitome of the city’s energy and excitement.

Many visitors visit the square to enjoy fine dining, see a Broadway show, or just simply to experience the bustling energy and many bright neon advertisements that light up the buildings at night. While in times square, visitors are treated to world-class accommodations at hotels such as the Westin, the InterContinental Times Square, or the historical Casablanca Hotel. Budget-minded travelers can enjoy clean, comfortable, and affordable stays at hotels such as The Portland Hotel, Comfort Inn South, or The Hotel at Times Square.

Dining in Times Square is an experience to remember. Some of the best stops include: Becco’s, known for their all you can eat pasta; John’s Pizzeria, an icon for its coal oven pizza; and the renowned Edison Cafe, a long-time neighborhood establishment located in the famous Edison Hotel. Have a sweet tooth? Hop on over to Lindy’s, located just off the square, for a sample of their world-famous New York cheesecake.

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While in the square, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Madam Tussauds wax museum. This a attraction, which features life-like wax figures of famous historical and pop-culture celebrities, is a favorite for all ages. Also, what visit to New York would be complete without taking in a Broadway show? Located on 47th Street in Times Square Center is one of many TKTS Booths where visitors can purchase Broadway tickets at steeply discounted prices. Of course, lines are long and most tickets are for same-day performances.

If your visiting New York on a budget, never fear…Times Square can be budget friendly, especially if you avoid the shopping district. One of the best and absolutely free activities in the square is people watching. So, put on your trekking sandals, hit the streets, and simply enjoy the action. Find a spot by the S. Shuttle Tracks and watch the subway performers. Or, escape the street crowds and take a small side trip to Bryant Park, located behind the N.Y. Public Library, and enjoy free outdoor films. Speaking of the N.Y. Public library, there’s always an interesting exhibit on display, open to the public with a suggested donation. If you feel a definite urge to shop, hop over to the flagship ToysRus and check out the giant Ferris wheel. All in all, there’s plenty to do in Times Square, even if your pocket book is light.

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Overall, Times Square is a hub of entertainment for everyone that visits New York City. Its vibrant energy, world-class entertainment, abundant dining, and upscale shopping provides tourists with a slice of New York that is unparalleled to any other location in this great city. So, while you’re in the area, make sure to visit Times Square for an unforgettable experience.

Samantha Wilson is an avid traveler who enjoys visiting far off places. She always researches her trips in advance and makes sure she is well equip with the best source outdoor hiking gear.

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