Times Square
Times Square
4.5
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Central area in NYC that has many shops, restaurants, office buildings and flashing billboards around it.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Theater District
How to get there
  • 49th St • 3 min walk
  • 50th St • 4 min walk
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  • Taylor Morris
    Boise, Idaho120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See - Day and Night
    This is obviously a must if you're visiting New York. We came here during the day and at night. Night is so cool with all the lights. Make sure you look at it from the top of the stairs above the TKTS, and then you look at it from the other way too (at the other end). There's lots of people, so just keep an eye on your group + kids if you bring them here.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Shu K
    San Jose, California365 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What A Huge Crowd
    So many people and cars, it’s crazy! Yet this is where it all takes place. And surprisingly, I felt safe all along. I think everyone has to go there once, if only to see the lights and giant screens, and give us a feel for where all the TV stations are, where NASDAQ is, and where the Ball drops on New Year’s Eve. I was actually surprised by how condensed and small this general area was, but it’s all there. I will admit, I only walked through here because all of the activities were away from the square. I could only take so much of a crowd. It sure made me appreciate suburbia.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Rachael G
    Flint, United Kingdom140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A crystallised NYC experience. But keep your wits about you.
    My 3rd time in NYC and Times Square. Still a feast for the senses and a must-see in the big apple. I don’t know if it’s my age(!) but it was a bit too bustling to stay in for any amount of time. We did McD’s & had a great view of the whole square. A great cheap & very American lunch! I visited Sephora & took the obligatory photos & then I was outta there. As others have no doubt mentioned, if you see Elmo et al, run. They’ll push themselves into your photos & then get angry if you refuse to pay them. They normally ask for $20. I only had $1 on me (who carries cash nowadays?!) & it was not gratefully received. A bit intimidating actually. Keep your wits about you & enjoy the experience.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Ruby W
    Grimsby, Canada197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never a Dull Moment
    This place is always busy. There are celebrities like the Naked Cowboy, The Staue of Liberty, Mickey and Minie Mouse, and more. These are working people so you can pay to get your picture taken with them. The Ball is at the south end and changes colour. The Red stairs are at the North end, where you can line up and get Broadway tickets at a discounted price.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, Florida14,863 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happening Place
    One of the busiest area in New York. Also probably the most crowded tourist spot. Home to major restaurants, hotels, stores, and the best theater district in the world. Definitely a happening place which is great for people watching.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Juan Pa
    Queretaro, Mexico4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazed by the LED Lights
    As a tourist you MUST go to Times Square when visiting NYC, I mean it when I say it! I have to say is better in person than in pictures, I just felt amazed by the leds of the giant screens. Of course as it is a very touristic place, there will be a lot of people, like, ALWAYS, even more when you go visit in the night (but you must go in the night to see the led screens) You will also find a lot of marvelous stores, like the M&M’s and Disney’s Stores, or the Hard Rock Cafe NYC. You can also see some people in costumes trying to take a picture with you, Don’t do it! they will only take a photo with your own camera and it will cost you 20 dollars!!! At the end, I wouldn’t recommend going more than once or twice to Times Square during your trip, otherwise you’ll have to pass through all the people. You can take very aesthetic photos there! just WOW!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Shannon W
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan Ahead for Washrooms and Use one whenever you get the chance - because the chances will be few and far between
    I’ve always loved Times Square. But travelling with young kids can be difficult here because of the severe lack of public washrooms. This problem completed derailed our plans and put a major damper on our experience. We wound up having to stand in line at Krispy Kreme for about 10 minutes, just to make a purchase so that we could use 1 of their 2 washrooms. Then we stood in the washroom line for another 25 mins. NOT a good experience when you have someone with a little bladder that’s about to explode. Other than that major flaw, it’s a great time!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • MagsCox
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's everything you imagine!
    Times Square is the busiest place we've ever been! So much to see and hear and do. We went a few times at different times of the day. Craziest was 9.30pm on the Friday night. So many people! The Times Square lights made it feel like the middle of the day. Amazing.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • thehungryexpat2015
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always entertaining !
    Times Square is always entertaining whether its for meeting the characters, eating, drinking or just soaking in the sights, sounds and lights. No NYC trip is complete without it. Its actually the first place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Freebirdvt
    Rutland, Vermont88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Icon skylines and buildings...do it at least once
    As a native New Yorker, I always avoided Times Square (except on New Years). Was delighted to see the road blocked off, seating and plenty of room to move. Great place to take photos. Beware of the roaming cartoon characters that want money to take a photo with them.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
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fozjon
Jaipur, India1,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
no place quite like this in the world. So much activity on a Tuesday evening in June. There were musicians, there were acrobats, there were people from all around the world and there were lights. Don't go to Manhattan and miss this. It wasn't my first time, probably not my last time to visit.
Written 13 June 2024
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Sarny
Bexleyheath, UK811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
My husband I really enjoyed Times Square - it is crazy, mad busy even at midnight - in terms of volume of people, lights, things going on and general craziness - we were there several nights in a row (hotel nearby) and just loved it!
Written 12 June 2024
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eppiegrande2016
Maastricht, The Netherlands49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A spectacle you have to visit. Over the top as expecred. Just watching people is fun enough. A few avoidable touristtraps.
Go visist a Broadway show. Its worthwhile.
Written 11 June 2024
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Kamhi
Vancouver, Canada136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
We watched a basketball game on giant screens. It was quite crowded. It's a very colorful place with an activity every day.
Written 10 June 2024
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Tchrof6th
Falmouth, VA46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It is a shame that this has once fabulous place to take our family has deteriorated so much! We always loved staying there for a few hours but the amount people drink and sober, who do not watch for other people, it’s so sad. 😞 The garbage not picked up enough. The drugs dealt on the side streets. Homeless half clothed. Sleeping right in front of you is not what my 10 year old granddaughter needed to see.
Written 9 June 2024
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US-408
San Jose, CA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
People from all over the world and local Americans visit Times Square just to experience it .

The street shows and performance and all the shops around and the restaurants add the light advertising panels all add to the awww.

Over the years have my family and I have visited the Times Square at all times of the day and night .

Yes have walked around the square at 2 am too , people are still there .

It is just an amazing family friendly place
Written 8 June 2024
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FLHarlock
Tavares, FL4,927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We actually spent four nights in a hotel right in Times Square. My retinas are burned out and I can’t sleep without earplugs now. This place is insane! Definitely worth a visit but I wouldn’t want to live here. Crowded, noisy, and definitely worth a visit!
Written 8 June 2024
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lasvegasbonbon
Las Vegas, NV66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The times square of 20+ years ago is not the times square of now - it was a holiday weekend so it was packed - marijuana is legal now so lots of people smoking and selling marijuana. It reminded me of the Las Vegas strip - lots of people dressed up in crazy outfits trying to get you to pay to take a picture with them. Crowds everywhere.
I wouldn't go back.
Written 2 June 2024
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BatchFam
Yukon, OK1,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
You gotta go! Nothing like it anywhere. Lights, street performances, shopping, food. It’s the essence of the city and its busyness.
Written 31 May 2024
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TRACY M
Ocoee, TN325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Everyone needs to see Time Square at some point in their life. It is crowded and felt safer than anticipated with lots of stores and things to see within walking distance.
Written 31 May 2024
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