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Ripley's Believe it Or Not and Dining Experience in Times Square
"Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is the premiere New York City attraction in the heart of Manhattan right on 42nd Street. Home to over 500 fun outrageous and amazing exhibits on 2 floors at Ripley’s Times Square. Located in the heart of New York City Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world’s most unbelievable curiosities. With more than 500 hundred rare artifacts astonishing relics and thrilling interactive exhibits this one-of-kind attraction welcomes visitors to experience the unusual and unexpected
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Beyond Broadway: Insider's Tour of Times Square
"Ready to navigate one of the busiest neighborhoods in the world? This New York City tour is going to take you through Times Square Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal — but entirely the local way! This NYC tour will start in Grand Central Terminal the most historical transportation hub in the USA. Explore the massive building and its incredible architecture and learn where you can grab some local NY State food and drink. You’ll even take a hidden passage out to the street to avoid the crowds at the entrance.Afterwards head out through the skyscrapers of Midtown where you’ll uncover some short cuts
From $69.00
New York Midtown Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in the heart of Times Square and takes you on a well-designed course around the Theater District through Rockefeller Center and down along Park Avenue. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking with numerous stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge.  Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best sights of the city. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure!  Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Midtown Manhattan and Times Square into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone
From $15.00

Times Square Tips (272)

Ode to commercialism

Times Square is New York's ode to commercialism. There are probably any places on Earth that is more filled with advertisements, corporate logos and all other commercial paraphernalia.

If you like that, Times Square is just the place for you. You can stare the endless rows and columns of blinking lights, news and stock information flashing on the walls, advertisements of all kinds and generally feeling being fast-forwarded in life.

Besides the lights, Times Square has a plethora of shops and restaurants to spend some time and money. Most of them are part of a chain, so don't expect to see anything too special. The shops, however, have focused a lot in showing off and some of them are really worth of visit.

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Feb 20, 2008

Constant entertainment!

I have to admit, I spend more time walking around and taking in all of the lights and bustle than I do actually participating in the fun when I'm in New York. Times Square is a must see for anyone in New York City... I never miss it! New York gets the reputation for being the city that never sleeps from this jumbo intersection alone I think! Unless you look up, you don't even notice when the sum goes down and the lights take over.

If you are lucky and in-season you may even get to run into the Naked Cowboy! He's a landmark all on his own by now, and can usually be found in the center of the square, donning no more than his guitar, boots, hat, and Fruit of the Looms. I can't vouch for whether or not he is a good singer though, his time is usually taken up with striking a pose for cameras and with tourists.

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Feb 24, 2008

Don't go here if you fear crowds!

I've never seen so much traffic in my life - both foot and car! Times Square is hopping all day, every day!!! And the best time to go is at night when everything is lit up. Lots of shops, restaurants and bars line both sides of Broadway so if you can actually get in the door to something, there's plenty to do...or else you can just walk up and down and check out the people!

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Sep 12, 2007

Times Square

This square is where N yorkers celebrates all new years...Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and supersigns. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps.In 1904, the New York Times built the Times Tower on 43rd street just off Broadway to replace the premises in Downtown. The square facing the building was called the Longacre square, but was soon renamed Times Square. The name is now used for the area between 40th and 53rd street and 6th and 9th avenue.
In the 1980's redevelopment proposals were submitted, with little result. This changed a decade later, when the Walt Disney Company opened a Disney store on Times Square. This attracted more family-friendly businesses to the area, leading to a so-called 'Disneyfication'.The area is - like most of New York City - a lot safer now than in the early nineties and is once again a magnet for tourists and a center of New York's social scene.

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Aug 04, 2007
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Why does everyone want to go here?

I liked Times Square back in the old days when you had to navegate W. 42nd between Seventh and Eighth Aves with the drug sellers, prostitutes, pimps and X-rated movies. Now it's out of Disney and it stinks. It has no redeeming factors except that it's "Times Square." Everyone from out-of-town mentions this as the thing they must do. There is nothing good about the location except the proximity to the theatre. If you're wowed by lots of mind boggling, flashing lights and crowds, then this is for you. It is like San Marco Piazza in Venice but without the pigeons (a plus). The restaurants are generally chains, so there is nothing distinictive about them. Restaurant Row has more character but the food is not up to par either because they can get away with it.
The stores are all selling junk and tourist things and they are not cheap. I had to kill an hour there last week before a show started and I couldn't find anything to do.
Check out the article on the Carter Hotel in the New York Times--it is a classic!

Apr 04, 2007

Times Square - heart of the theaterland

Times Square is the heart of the theater district of New York. By night, it is a dazzle of advertising neon lights. The most current musicals and plays perform at the various theaters on Times Square. Besides, there are numerous fast food restaurants, American-style grills and pizzieras at every corner to satisfy the hungry traveller. Street artists from China do portraits and paintings at street corners for a small fee of $10 - 20. I must say that Times Square is really for the tourist. At any one time, there are more tourists and non-New Yorkers than native New Yorkers.

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Feb 16, 2006


Everyone must watch the ball drop in person at least once in thier lifetime. It was amazing. We were cold, it was raining/flurries but it was awesome. It is truely a zoo a people. Check out for everything you want to know about NYE. It is all there.

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Mar 03, 2006

NFL Kickoff Concert at Time Square 2002

I lucked out and manage to squeeze through the crowds to see the live NFL Kickoff Concert at Time Square. The concert had Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alisha, Eve and others offering a free show to the masses. It was an amazing experience!

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Oct 26, 2002

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The center of it all

Times Square is one of the most touristy areas of NYC and, despite attempts to
"clean up" the area, it remains on of the most gawdy. The area is almost always a mass of people, mostly tourists, moving in slow motion under larger than life billboards and lights, past shops, fast food restaurants and panhandlers and in queues outside the theatres. It is loud, overcrowded and obnoxious in many respects. But don't leave New York without visiting it.

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May 12, 2005

new years tips!

Want to be in the middle of action when the ball drops? Plan to stay in the times square area all day on new years eve. Pick your spot around 5:00 and stay there! Yes it sounds early but its a sure way to e in the action. One year I didn't get down to the square untill 9:00, all the streets from the middle up to central park were blicked by police becuase the streeats were already filled with people!!!

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May 18, 2005

You gotta see it to believe it...

This is just one of those places you HAVE to see when you come to New York. You always see it on TV, in video games, in magazines, newspapers etc. It's awesome in the daytime, and even better at night because of all the bright lights.

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Mar 27, 2006

Naked Cowboy

When in NYC, dont miss the Naked Cowboy, who has been serenading the girls with his naked 3 chord riffs since God knows when...

Usually out in the middle of the intersection somewhere in Time Square... (Always a favourite with the girls, I suppose....)

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Jul 08, 2005

Things to Do Near Times Square

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Toys R Us

On Times Square, inside Toys 'R Us, there is a complete wheel where you can ride on. If traveling with kids to New York City, this cannot be forgotten. The wheel is strategically located so you're...
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Walt Disney Store

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Madame Tussauds

I didn't think Madame Tussaud's in Times Square was nearly as extensive or interesting as London. It was expensive, but there are discounts available. We started by walking into the opening night...
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Bryant Park

In days gone by, Bryant Park was in need of some love. Although I did love going there, I perhaps did so for all the wrong reasons. Now, I walk through here and reminisce about days and brain cells...
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Radio City Music Hall

We took the Radio Hall Tour as it was in our New York City Pass Book but also because we are interested in history and this hall has certainly got some history! The tour guide took us through the...
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Top of the Rock

This was redone/remodeled fairly recently. It's clean, safe and convenient. The observation deck is really modern with tall "glass" railings so you have an unobstructed view of the city and down to...
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