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.
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.
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.