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New York City is among the most popular places to visit. Year-round tourists from all over the world come to the Big Apple for the shopping, famous dining and eccentric nightlife–and Times Square has it all. Millions of people come to see Times Square every year for the lights, the stores, restaurants and night activities. With so much to do, this is the ultimate guide to Times Square:

Times Square Location

Times Square is located Midtown Manhattan and goes north and south from 40th St. to about 52nd St. as well as east and west from 8th Ave to 6th Ave. To take the subway to Times Square, visitors may take the following:

A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority

7 – 42nd St./Times Square

N, R, W – 42nd St/Times Square

1, 2, 3 – 42nd St./Times Square


Nighttime Activities

Because Times Square is open 24 hours, there is never a dull moment. At night many visitors enjoy seeing a show on Broadway. There are dozens of theatres showing many famous plays. If the tickets seem a bit pricey, there’s also bowling at Bowlmor Times Square. There you will find 48 bowling lanes, an arcade and other fun attractions for everyone to enjoy. Times Square is also home to many legendary comedy shows like LOL Times Square, Carolines, and Broadway Comedy Club.

Family Friendly

With so many late night and eccentric activities at Times Square, many would tend to think there isn’t much to do with children tagging along. On the contrary, there is so much for families to do together. Take the kids to visit the fantastic miniature world of Gulliver’s Gate. This museum is home to miniature models of cities and countries from all over the world. If they’re looking for something a little more entertaining, families can see a show at New York’s one and only performing arts theater for kids and families, the New Victory.

Free Stuff

New York is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the country, but there is plenty to do for free–especially in Times Square. Up and down the streets of Times Square people can find entertainers dressed as a favorite character to take a picture with. Some of them include Spiderman, Elsa and Anna, Thor, Pikachu and so much more. There are also free TV show tapings for visitors to go to and enjoy. Shows like the Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or The Daily Show With Trevor Noah can be seen by aquiring a free ticket.

Place to Eat

As mentioned before, Times Square has great rooftop bars like the St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel or Sheraton Four Points Rooftop bar for tourists to enjoy. There are many other restaurants that range from cheap east to fine dining to try. Many of the New York locals will tell tourists to try Becco Restaurant for great Italian cuisine, Churrascaria Platforma for Brazilian, and John’s Pizzeria to enjoy a slice of New York’s iconic pizza. Every restaurant found in Times Square is worth a try.