14 REALLY AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN TIMES SQUARE

Bright lights in the big city! Welcome to Times Square, a hub of entertainment, joy and expression in fabulous New York City. Watch as the billboards shine, artists take to the streets, and you can witness city views that can’t be beat. Take pictures with cartoon characters, see the naked cowboy, eat at yummy restaurants, and marvel at the wacky and wonderful New York.

From beautiful world class museums like the MOMA to discovering Central Park, Times Square NYC offers excitement, curiosity, and passion. Grab a classic slice of classic New York Pizza, shop til you drop on Fifth Avenue, and fall in love with New York City. Be spoiled for choice and get ready for the unexpected while vacationing in the city. 

Seriously, what’s not to love about Time Square? Its atmosphere is electrifying, and its scenes are mesmerizing. Every direction offers something new, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Come for a weekend and live a million lifetimes in the city that doesn’t stop!

Here are 14 things to do in Times Square that you can’t miss!

14 REALLY AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN TIMES SQUARE

SEE THE CLASSICS ON MOMA’S 4th & 5th FLOORS

Visit the heart of Midtown Manhattan and view the world’s best collection of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art. Some of the most famous pieces of art can be found here for all to see and appreciate. Find Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night or search for smaller, less known pieces throughout the entire museum. This is one of the best art museums in the United States.

The MoMA does more than connect visitors with paintings, it focuses on impressive photography, art installations, film, design, performance art and much more throughout the exhibits. Known as one of the largest and most influential museums in the world, its work plays a significant role in the culture of the arts and development of modern art. 

Give yourself a few hours to wander the rooms, admiring classic collections and analyzing wonderful pieces. No matter your age, you’ll leave stunned and motivated. Note that reservations are required before entering, and can sometimes fill up on busy weekends. 

From Pop Art to Abstract Art find the following artists and iconic artwork on the Fourth Floor of the Museum of Modern Art! Take time roaming the exhibits, finding artistic inspiration to take with you through life. Find connections to art in the most obscure place and seek questions throughout your visit.

Artists to look for include: 

  • Roy Lichtenstein – Drowning Girl
  • Andy Warhol – Campbell’s Soup Cans
  • Jackson Pollock – One, Number 31, 1950

Step into the wonderful mind of Salvador Dali or gaze between the Water Lilies of Monet on the Fifth Floor of the Modern Museum of Art. These pieces will have you deep in thought and astonished at the true beauty of the world. With some of the most well-known artists in the world featured on the fifth floor, take your time exploring amazing collections.

Artist to look for include: 

  • Paul Cezanne – The Bather
  • Vincent Van Goh – The Starry Night
  • Pablo Picasso – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
  • Henri Matisse – Dance (I)
  • Monet – Water Lilies
  • Salvador Dali – The Persistence of Memory
  • Andrew Wyeth – Christina’s World

RELAX AT BRYANT PARK

Unwind and recharge because it’s time to relax in Bryant Park. Between 40th and 42nd Streets, watch as people flock to this city park paradise and enjoy some fresh air away from the crazy and hectic New York streets. Grab a coffee and reflect while people watching or put on some sneakers for a quick workout in a flourishing park. Watch on as this eclectic park brings people from all over the world together. 

In the summer, watch as local New Yorkers and tourists alike head to Bryant Park for yoga practice and classes or spend their evenings at Movie Night in the park. Grab food from vendors or bring a picnic to watch under the stars with a good movie. 

Listen to cheers and laughter of the merry go round and enjoy a lovely picnic with friends and family. Its central location is perfect for any visitors staying around Times Square and neighboring areas. Watch as the leaves change in fall and the plants blossom in spring for a scenic park open year-round.  

While the brisk, cold days of winter approach New York City, Bryant Park keeps its spirit alive through the fabulous ice skating rink. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy a casual day gliding in ice with friends and family. Afterwards grab a hot chocolate and have a stroll through the park. 

SEE THE CITY FROM TOP OF THE ROCK

Have a complete 360-degree view of New York City at Rockefeller Center Observation Deck. With views of Central Park, the Chrysler building and all of Manhattan, this cultural landmark offers a glimpse into the world of New York, the people who live here and the people who built this city. 

While the views of the city are spectacular, the journey to the top is quite remarkable. Take the elevator ride through to the interactive Breezeway, where there is a lot of truths to uncover and stories to be discovered. Stand 850 feet above street level with breathtaking views of the city, skyline and water.

This is the ultimate observation deck in New York with unobstructed views. Come for sunset and see vibrant colors along the west side of the deck. This is the perfect activity to do with families, friends, or a date night! 

Tip: I highly suggest going up the rock at night to see the city lit up in the evening sky. This is also the best place to actually view the Empire State building from new heights. 

GRAB A COCKTAIL FROM ON HIGH

Sip on something fresh at one of the many cool, hip and vibey rooftop bars of New York City. From artisanal cocktails with classic twists to bottles of wines, treat yourself to something nice and relax with a cold drink in your hand. With a vibrant atmosphere and specialty crafted drinks in hand, what’s stopping you? 

Admire New York’s stunning views, play mini golf, or drink in style at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge. View the skyline at midtown’s Castell NYC and enjoy an outdoor experience, live music and reimagined cocktails that will blow your socks off. Keep it close to the mayhem of Times Square at cloudM New York and look down on the pavement towards the hustle of marvelous New York. 

If you aren’t planning on going to the Empire State building or Rockefeller Center, grabbing a drink at a cocktail bar or restaurant is a great way to see city views. This allows you to skip the price of the ticket and put it towards dinner instead. See the city from new heights and enjoy a drink while doing so!

SHOP 5TH AVENUE

It’s time to dress to impress. Put on your Sunday best and shop the streets of Fifth Avenue. Wander the streets of Millionaire’s Row and pop into famous shops for a luxurious experience. From shopping in Gucci to picking up treats at the M & M store, shopping in Times Square is iconic. 

From designer stores and retailers like Lord & Taylor, Armani, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Cartier, Ferragamo, Gucci and more, pick up something nice and feel a part of Manhattan elite. From big department stores, luxury retailers and household names, live in the moment on Fifth Avenue and appreciate some of the best brick and mortar stores. 

Walk between 49th and 60th street and come across world famous storefronts on the most expensive shopping areas on earth. From glorious window displays, to funky street fashion, take on the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue with flair. Have a bit of fashion therapy and leave New York with a fresh bag of clothes to take home and love!

Tip: As an avid shopper, my favorite thing to do on Fifth Avenue is to take inspiration from streetwear, then hit up all the shops to replicate trends! It’s also a great time to just go and window shop. 

MARVEL AT THE MINIATURES AT GULLIVER’S GATE

See the world at large in a miniature exhibit that will let your imagination soar and change your perspective on life, things, and technology at Gulliver’s Gate. See over 25 countries from 5 continents in mini form and watch as the world around you comes alive in this exciting and enthusing museum.

See the streets of New York, admire the craftsmanship and passion throughout the exhibit and look at the intricate details from the figurines, buildings and small displays. From classic European destinations to the heart of Latin America, discover your wildest dreams all through a special key that unlocks your own adventure! Travel the world and see the miniature details that make up so many cultures and societies.

Gulliver’s Gate is currently moving, but we will update you when the new location is available. Tickets are still available to be purchased and guests are encouraged to keep checking back for new details. 

POSE WITH THE STARS AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

Get your cameras ready and prepare for your close up with the stars at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. These real-life replicas will have you amazed at the preciseness and intricate details put on by the artist. These famous wax figures will have you mesmerized from beginning to end, and will bring countless joys to families. 

Pose with the stars, find your celebrity crush and say hi to your favorite actor or actress. Walk the runway with supermodels like Alessandra Ambrosio or be a guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With five floors of celebrity fun and lookalikes to discover, spend an afternoon roaming the exhibits inspecting the well-crafted wax figures. 

This unique attraction will have you feeling like a star for the day, while you walk red carpets and interact with A-listers. They currently have a 4D Marvel experience, which I highly recommend getting tickets for if you like superheros or any Marvel movies. Take time and enjoy the spotlight! 

WATCH AN ICONIC BROADWAY SHOW

Lights out, it’s showtime. Grab your seats, pick up your snacks and head to Broadway for a show of a lifetime. With Tony award winning plays and legendary musicals, step back in time and appreciate the arts in the present world with a whole new outlook. Whether this is your first show or 100th, spread the love of the creative arts for all ages and people to see. 

From classic shows like the Lion King or Wicked, enjoy a timeless masterpiece that will be remembered for years. Looking for something a little scandalous, sneak tickets for the Book of Mormon, you’re in for a real theater treat. Head to TKTS booth on Duffy Square, just off 7th Avenue for tickets to the latest shows while in the city! 

With plenty to see, choose a show that tickles your fancy and have that characteristic New York City Broadway experience. Seeing a Broadway show in New York is an extravagant experience that needs to be seen to be believed. Laugh, cheer and be amazed, and make sure to wish the performers good luck and break a leg! 

LISTEN TO THE GOSPEL CHOIR AT TIMES SQUARE CHURCH

Step into Times Square Church for a fantastic performance and open service. Whether you are new to the church, looking for a service while you’re in New York City or have any other reason that might bring you through the doors, Time Square Church is open to everyone. 

For a true gospel choir experience, this is the place for you. With wonderful singing and a choir filled with multinational and multicultural congregations, people of all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to stop by a service. The church setting is perfect as it looks to be an old theater and its location is ideal for anyone staying near Times Square. 

Feel connected to a community and listen to engaging gospel music while you’re away from home! 

CATCH A SHOW TAPING

New York City is home to some of the best tv-shows and late-night shows in America. Find tickets to sit among the laughter, stay current with the news and catch the latest interviews with celebrities. Whether you’re an avid talk show enthusiast or looking for a good time, catching a show always proves to be a big chuckle. 

Wake up to Good Morning America or go to bed after a taping of Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Show up for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and be amongst the lucky ones to watch it all happen live. Watch and listen to funny shows or be enthralled in captivating performances, while being present in the audience. Participate in top winning programs and just generally have a great time! 

Tickets normally go up a month in advance and can be applied for on a lottery system. These tickets are completely free and do sell out very quickly. If you are flexible and open to different live show tapings, you will have a greater chance at watching them live. 

ICE SKATE AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER AT CHRISTMAS TIME

Practice your moves and take to the ice at Rockefeller Center. From beginners to experts, skate the legendary rink with family and friends for an unforgettable experience. Take part in a classic New York experience and create memories that will last a lifetime with family and friends. 

Twist, twirl and leap on the ice or glide with ease from corner to corner under the holiday lights. Find festive cheer and get in the holiday spirit at Rockefeller Center and see the bright and gigantic Christmas tree in person. Spread joy and create memories this holiday season. 

Tip: I highly recommend reserving a time slot to skate as it gets extremely busy and occasionally sells out! During peak season (Christmas) it can be quite expensive, look outside of that time for more affordable tickets. 

WATCH THE BALL DROP ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Celebrate in style and ring in the New Year, at the most famous spot in town. Start the count down and watch as live performers, hosts and exciting shows bring an end to another exciting year. Feel a part of long-standing American Tradition as the ball drops and excitement roars around you! 

Watch as people flock to the streets of Times Square NYC in celebration and joy in welcoming  the New prosperous Year. Eat, drink and dance the night away with lively crowds, exuberant activities and plenty of fun. If you want to witness the ball drop in person, but don’t want to stand outside all evening, think about staying at a hotel or making a dinner reservation overlooking Times Square. 

Tip: It will most definitely be cold on New Year’s Eve in New York City, please wear layers and don’t bring anything valuable. Dress warm and be prepared to have a ball! 

SEE THE FLOATS AT THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

Who’s ready for Turkey Day? Head to New York City and watch as giant, colorful floats flow through the streets of Midtown Manhattan celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Watch as the turkey gobbles down the street and performers put on a spectacular show for visitors. 

See the New York City Rockettes dance the day away and listen to wonderful music ensembles bring festive cheer and joy to New York and many households. Spend the day with family and friends at this iconic Parade before going home or eating out for a fabulous thanksgiving meal! Watch as balloon handlers, cheerleaders, marching bands, and celebrity artists take part in this American tradition before your eyes.

Feel the magic of being in New York City for the holidays and watch as your favorite floats come cruising down Manhattan to finish at Macys in Herald Square.

DON’T MISS CENTRAL PARK, JUST 2-3 MILES AWAY

Just a short walk from Times Square, sits the iconic and beautiful Central Park. Walk the park and pass by interesting spots, listening to joys of laughter and happy visitors. Casually stroll with a delicious iced coffee, experience great concerts and festivals or go for a gentle jog in this special park! 

Discover John Lennon’s “Imagine” mural and listen to street artists sing throughout the day. Pack a picnic and relax in a truly green space in the midst of a busy and loud city. Rent bikes so you can explore more of the park and spend some time outside, or take a guided tour and learn about the city, park and New York City’s impressive history. 

In the summer, look out for events hosted in the park and during the winter take a horse drawn carriage ride for a winter wonderland treat. Central Park is the heart of New York City and offers so much to all its visitors. Come in the winter, spring, summer or fall for fun activities, beautiful scenery and open space to enjoy with all its visitors. 

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