Get the "Full" View of Times Square

Get the "Full" View of Times Square


Times Square is like no other place on Earth. This iconic and significant intersection is a premier tourist destination and epicenter for activity. Located at the crossroads of West 42nd and West 47th Streets, it has earned such weighty titles as "crossroads of the world," "the center of the universe," and "heart of the world."

Times Square is one of the most visited locations in the world. Every year, more than 50 million people stroll through Times Square to soak in the entertainment, billboards, and buzz. If you are visiting New York for the weekend or are a long-time resident, no trip to Manhattan is complete without a quick stop here.

The Self-Guided Walking Tour

The options at this entertainment center are endless. One of the easiest and most fun things to do is to sit back and people-watch. Times Square overflows with entertainers, like Robert John Burck (aka the Naked Cowboy), people dressed as Elmo and the Statue of Liberty, and much more.

When it comes to nearby attractions, check out Madame Tussauds. The iconic wax museum has five floors with more than 100 hyper-realistic figures of celebrities. It's the perfect photo opportunity with famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, James Bond, Derek Jeter, and Princess Diana.

You can also check out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Recorded during the day at the Ed Sullivan Theater, people can be a part of the audience for free. Tickets are typically released online a month in advance, though last-minute attendees can try to snag stand-by tickets.

If you're feeling hungry, grab a table at Carmine's. The Italian-American restaurant serves large-family style portions that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater in your family. Perfect for large group reservations, Carmine's offers the ideal blend of delicious and familiar foods.

Visitors to the Times Square area should also check out John's Pizzeria in Greenwich Village. The pizzeria is known for its coal oven pizza and embodies the quintessential New York pizza tradition. It also offers whole-wheat and gluten-free options.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

For sweeping views of Manhattan and Central Park, do not miss a trip to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The one-of-a-kind space provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and is an unforgettable experience. Visitors can also get an eagle-eye look at Radio City Music Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, the Theater District, and the East River.

The deck is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and is open every day of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. with the last elevator going up at 11:40 p.m. The open-air space is elevated 70 stories above ground level and includes three viewing decks. Top of the Rock also offers a "Sun and Stars" package that lets visitors come both during the day and evening to see the city and stars in a whole new light.

Standard tickets cost just under $40 for adults and $35 for children ages 6 to 12. Any child under the age of six is admitted for free. Additionally, there is a VIP Access option, which offers expedited entry and priority elevator access. There is also a Rockefeller Center Tour ticket for a deep dive into the history of one of New York's most famous landmarks.

Explore the Vastness of Times Square

Times Square is a unique and glitzy commercial neighborhood that puts all other entertainment hubs to shame. The 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week bustle and excitement mean you are sure to get an authentic New York experience whenever you visit. For a few more ideas on what to do in Times Square, check out this helpful list of nearby sights and attractions. With the right itinerary, you’ll never have a dull moment.

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