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Times Square Tours and Activities

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Times Square
The neon lights and video billboards of Times Square are one of New York City’s most well-known landmarks. This triangular intersection between Broadway, 42nd Street, and Seventh Avenue is home to the Big Apple’s famous theaters and the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop—an essential Manhattan experience.

The Basics
As a major commercial intersection and one of New York City’s most popular areas, the “Crossroads of the World” features on just about every sightseeing tour of the city, along with the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Top of the Rock. Many visitors come to Times Square to enjoy a Broadway show or behind-the-scenes theater tour. Day trips to the Big Apple from Hartford or Boston often include a stop at Times Square as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Times Square is a must-see for first-time New York City visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk; Times Square is best explored on foot.
  • If you take photos with costumed street performers, be prepared to tip.
  • Be sure to book theater tickets well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
  • The area's many hotels and department stores are your best bets for finding restrooms in Times Square.

How to Get There
Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan in the Broadway Theater District, Times Square is a triangular area formed by the intersection of 42nd Street, Seventh Avenue, and Broadway. It’s surrounded by several subway stations, including 49th Street and Times Square/42nd Street Stations.

When to Get There
The always-busy Times Square offers some of the city’s best people watching—there isn’t really a bad time to visit. At night, though, the lights and billboards look their brightest.

Attractions in Times Square
In addition to its role as the hub of the theater world, Times Square is home to numerous other attractions—many perfect for families—including Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, M&M’s World, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, and Hershey’s Times Square. Some of New York City’s most famous restaurants can be found along Restaurant Row: West 46th Street between 8th and 9th avenues.
Address: Junction 42nd Street, Seventh Avenue and Broadway, New York City, New York 10036, USA
Admission: Free
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99 Tours and Activities to Experience Times Square

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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
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Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor

Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor

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Don’t settle for any average Broadway tour while you're visiting New York City. This Broadway theaters and Times Square tour gives you an insider’s look with a guide who is actually a Broadway performer. Learn about the history and happenings of New York City’s famous theater district, and hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today.
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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

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See the sights of New York City from up in the air on this nighttime helicopter tour of the city. Take off, and soar over the NYC as you take in aerial views of some of the most famous sights. See the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square all lit up, and then pass by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. This adventure is a shared experience with other travelers.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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New York: Times Square and Midtown Sites & Bites

New York: Times Square and Midtown Sites & Bites

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There’s more to Times Square than meets the eye—and there’s a lot to see. Don’t miss a thing in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the world on this guided tour that starts at the iconic Grand Central Terminal. Grab a bite to eat and discover the grand façade, main concourse, and even a hidden passage to the street. Then marvel at the Midtown skyscrapers and bright lights of Broadway while sampling food along the way.
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Hard Rock Cafe New York Times Square

Hard Rock Cafe New York Times Square

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At the Hard Rock Café New York, every meal is an experience, whether on the road or on a lunch break. Dine in style and feel like a star at this popular restaurant, located in the heart of iconic Times Square in New York City. Savor a 2- or 3-course, fixed-price meal with choice of theme. Enjoy the Legendary Burger, ribs, salmon, steak or a vegetarian option for the main course along with a side and desert. Coffee, tea or soft drink included.
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Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

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Discover New York City’s top attractions from the comfort of a horse drawn carriage on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. The private excursion through the Big Apple is a great option for a romantic night out or some family fun during the day. See Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and more. With no windows to block your view, you get a truly panoramic view of the iconic city.
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  • 50 minutes
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
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Small-Group Broadway Theater District and Times Square Walking Tour

Small-Group Broadway Theater District and Times Square Walking Tour

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Most tours of Broadway can be so large, you might have trouble hearing your guide. This New York City Broadway Theater District and Times Square walking tour runs with a small group to offer you a more intimate experience. Hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today, and visit famous Broadway theaters like the Majestic Theatre, home of the ‘Phantom of the Opera.’
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Times Square and Broadway Theater Walking Tour

Times Square and Broadway Theater Walking Tour

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Bask in the frenetic, neon-lit energy of Times Square. On this quick and convenient walking tour, you’ll see the highlights of this New York icon, and will also learn the stories behind the sights from your guide. Spot the filming locations for Ghostbusters, Sex and the City, and other movies and television shows; see where actors like Robert De Niro and Al Pacino trained; and learn more about Times Square’s blowout New Year’s Eve celebrations.
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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  • 20 minutes
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Full-Day New York

Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour plus One World Observatory Ticket

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Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
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  • 7 hours
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NYC Night Bus Tour, from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge

NYC Night Bus Tour, from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge

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Watch New York City come to life after dark on an evening coach tour by double-decker bus, and follow an exciting route through the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s highlights. See Times Square’s towering lights and capture unforgettable images of the Empire State Building’s bright spire, then continue through the bustling streets to the Manhattan Bridge. Enjoy recorded narration throughout the tour, learn about New York’s colorful history, and hear about life in a city that never sleeps.
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Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Group tours of New York City can sometimes pass sights too fast, or not even stop at attractions you’re most interested in. This private New York City tour with a professional photographer lets you customize the tour stops to suit your interests. Select from any number of popular locations, like Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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New York City at Night Bus Tour

New York City at Night Bus Tour

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Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take a short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
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Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds New York Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds New York Admission Ticket

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The world-famous Madame Tussauds New York has over five floors of exhibitions and more than 200 wax figures including celebrities, sporting icons, and politicians. With this admission ticket, enjoy full access and spend as long as you like admiring the waxworks, posing for photos, and enjoying interactive experiences such as the Broadway exhibit or the Marvel 4-D Cinema Experience (if option selected).
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New York "Must See" Small-Group Half-Day Tour

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Experience the best of the Big Apple during this half-day tour of Manhattan with a group limited to 15 guests. Rather than trying to do it all yourself, let an experienced guide lead you through the vibrant streets, colorful neighborhoods, and historic landmarks on foot, subway, and ferry. Get the full New York City experience and see iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, and Wall Street.
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New York City Guided Sightseeing Tour by Double Decker Bus

New York City Guided Sightseeing Tour by Double Decker Bus

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See Manhattan’s top attractions, from Harlem to Battery Park, on a 6- or 8-hour sightseeing tour. On board a double decker bus, travel across the city, passing major landmarks like Madison Square Garden, Times Square and Central Park. Take a 60-minute cruise across New York Harbor and climb to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center on the 8-hour tour.
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Disney on Broadway Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour

Disney on Broadway Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour

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Get more from the Theater District visit than if you were to explore independently. This Disney on Broadway behind-the-scenes walking tour takes you along Broadway Avenue and through this popular district to learn about its landmarks and musical history. Then, go inside Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre with an in-house historian to hear exclusive details about top Disney productions and to gain special access to the theater's props and costumes studio.
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New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

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See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
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New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

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Whether it's sightseeing on a double-decker bus, cruising to the Statue of Liberty, or exploring the Financial District, there are a few essential New York experiences that no traveler should miss. You can do all this and more with this top value combo tour experience, including over a dozen must-do New York attractions. With just one ticket, you can see more of the Big Apple, enjoy skyline views, and take advantage of the hassle-free included transportation.
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  • 5 hours
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NOW OPEN:The Edge Observation Deck Rockefeller Times Square & Hudson Yard Tour

NOW OPEN:The Edge Observation Deck Rockefeller Times Square & Hudson Yard Tour

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Meet your friendly guide at the iconic Rockefeller Center, best known as the location for its dazzling Christmas tree which can be seen from November to New Year. Visit Rockefeller’s Central Plaza, which is home to the city’s beloved ice rink during winter months, and converts into a popular outdoor café in summer. Wander around the center and learn about its rich-history and significance to the city along the way, then stop to admire the Rockefeller fountains, which are decorated with seasonal floral displays. Walk towards Hudson Yards next, one of the largest private real estate developments in the history of the United States. Learn about and explore this up and coming district then visit The Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, boasting a one-of-a-kind design. Suspended mid-air to give the feeling of floating in the sky, The Edge’s viewing deck offers 360 degree views of the city that will leave you breathless.
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Guided Private Underground New York Subway Tour

Guided Private Underground New York Subway Tour

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Learn the secrets of New York’s subway on a 2.5-hour underground tour with a private guide. Hear stories about the engineering, technology and people behind the subway’s construction. Discover legends and secrets about abandoned levels, hidden stations and fake houses that disguise escape routes around the city. See official and unofficial art as you follow the 1904 line from Bowling Green to Grand Central Terminal, and get a surprising look at places that every New Yorker sees—but few notice.
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New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

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New York City has been known for its yummy food for centuries, but if you don’t know Greenwich Village well, you might pass up some of the city’s most delicious dishes. This New York secret food tour lets you sample a mix of doughnuts, New York-style pizza, cupcakes, bagels, and more, so you can get a taste for the rich history of this historic NYC area.
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