Times Square
Times Square
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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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  • 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, Florida14,881 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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Kevin I
Bloomington, IL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
You gotta go and just walk around. I thought Chicago was big until I saw NYC and Times Square. First off, my family and I felt totally safe. From a 9 story Macy's to every food you can imagine, Times Square has it all. Definitely worth a morning or afternoon worth of exploration.
Written 20 June 2024
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Elizabeth H
Corpus Christi, TX315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I thought we’d be disappointed going during the day instead of at night to see the lights. But it was fun.
We stopped in Sardis to see the caricatures, tried to find a charger at the Target and then followed the sea of humanity up the red steps to people watch for a bit.
Lots going on. We avoided the characters and the ‘Trump promoting naked cowboy’ and watched the dancers from a far as well as people from all over the world and all the ads on screens. A little less than an hour was plenty. We began in Bryant Park and left by subway to the peaceful High line.
Written 19 June 2024
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5 090 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My wife and I visited NYC this past summer with our daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons. After attending a Broadway play we walked over to Time Square. It was the first time I had seen it in person. I didn’t like it because it was extremely crowded. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. One visit was enough for me.
Written 19 June 2024
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Jay
78 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I have returned to New York for the 4th time to have a lovely city break.
This time I stayed in time square and OMG it was not like this 11 years ago.
They were loads of homeless and street vendors shoving things in your face to buy or trying to get a photo or blocking your way to give you a bike ride.
BUT the big problem for me was the smell of weed. It is everywhere and it is offensive as you can just be walking and Boom you have a lung full of weed.
I’m sorry but I don’t want to be smelling that.
If you want to smoke it then do so in your own home and not in the street where families and kids can smell it.
Also around the subways and in the lifts it stinks of wee and weed.
The subway on 42nd is discussing.
If you’re going to visit New York and want to see time square then be careful and quick and get out of there.
The rest of the city is much better than time square.
Have a great stay if you’re visiting.
Written 17 June 2024
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I W
Leicestershire, UK322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a must if you're doing New York for the first time. Lots of people, lights, places to eat and drink. You can spend time here (any time of the day ) or just take it all in as you pass through.
Written 16 June 2024
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fozjon
Jaipur, India1 833 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, UK878 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, Canada143 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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