10+ Things to Do in Times Square During Your Trip to New York City

Pay a visit to the inimitable Times Square to see the commercial and cultural heart of New York City.

It’s home to everything from street performers and protesters to family-friendly restaurants and attractions. In fact, it’s possible to fill an entire vacation just in this one neighborhood!

If you’re looking for things to do in Times Square and the nearby blocks during your trip to New York, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • NFL Experience, Times Square
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tours
  • Madame Tussauds New York
  • National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square
  • Gulliver’s Gate
  • The RIDE
  • And more!

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Choose as you go from many of the best attractions and save up to 50% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

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NFL Experience, Times Square

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Come as a fan, leave as a champion. Suit up, jump into the game, and experience football like never before at NFL Experience in Times Square.

This totally unique experience combines immersive content, interactive displays, a state-of-the-art 4D cinema, and other multimedia effects for an authentic football experience that feels like real life.

Visit iconic artifacts and memorabilia from all 32 NFL franchises. Learn how to create a game strategy from Coach Jon Gruden, measure your skills and abilities against the pros in NFL Combine events, and much more.

Getting In: NFL Experience, Times Square tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Manhattan on this enjoyable bus tour.

You can relax while listening to informative narration and learning about the sites you’re driving past. Then, hop off at any place that piques your interest.

Major landmarks and neighborhoods you’ll see on this bus tour include Times Square, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Chinatown, the Broadway Theatre District, and much more.

Another fun option from Big Bus is the 2-hour nighttime tour, which showcases the city through amazing panoramic views.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus New York Bus Tour tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Madame Tussauds New York

Madame-Tussauds-new-york-General-Admission-2This popular wax-figure attraction is known around the world for its amazing artistry and astonishing replicas of celebrities from all areas of life.

You’ll get a chance to “meet” everyone from pop culture icons to significant historical figures to fictional characters at this unique destination.

Don’t miss their popular King Kong, Ghostbusters exhibits, and more!

Getting In: Madame Tussauds New York tickets are available with the New York City Explorer Pass.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National-Geographic-ENCOUNTER-Ocean-Odyssey-2This immersive ocean experience is one of a kind. Come here for intimate (digital) encounters with some of the most captivating and amazing inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, including giant squid, great white sharks, humpback whales, and many more.

First, you’ll enjoy a 90-minute “underwater” trek alongside a 60,000-square-feet digital cinematic display, which transports you to the heart of the ocean amidst many of its most fascinating creatures.

Then, there’s an “above-water” component with exhibits, displays, and lots of information about the animals themselves.

Getting In: National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey tickets are available with the New York City Explorer Pass.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square

Ripley-s-Believe-It-or-Not-Times-Square-7Explore the wild and weird world of Robert Ripley at this singular attraction.

Stroll through dozens of exhibits with hundreds of artifacts and objects that span the gamut from authentic shrunken heads to albino animals to miniature replicas of NYC landmarks.

A particular favorite with kids is the Ripley’s Relic exhibit, which asks visitors to solve a series of riddles and puzzles to uncover the mystery of the elusive Relic.

Getting In: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! NYC tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Gulliver’s Gate

Gulliver-s-Gate-5One of the most unique things to do in New York City is to explore the fascinating miniature world of Gulliver’s Gate.

Named after the titular character from Gulliver’s Travels, this attraction places you in the position of the giant, surveying tiny representations of cities and landmarks from around the globe.

See the skyline of New York and Lady Liberty, as well as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the onion domes of Moscow, and many more.

These amazing minuscule creations were crafted by artists from around the globe, and put together in an endlessly entertaining series of exhibits. It’s a must see in Times Square!

Getting In: Gulliver’s Gate tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Woodbury Common Shopping Trip

Woodbury-Common-Premium-Outlets-Day-Trip-3 - CopyDepart from Times Square and head out to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, a place where you can find New York City style for much less than New York City prices.

Shop major label stores like Burberry, Coach, Prada, NIKE, Lacoste, and many more with your VIP coupon booklet in hand for even more potential savings.

Your admission includes round-trip transportation and several hours to shop at your leisure.

Getting In: Woodbury Common Shopping Trip shuttle & VIP Coupon Book are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Things to Do Near Times Square

Top of the Rock Observatory

Top-of-the-Rock-Observation-Deck-4 - CopyGet a unique perspective on New York City with a visit to the iconic Top of the Rock.

With nearly uninterrupted panoramic views of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, this special attraction is a must-do for all visitors to NYC.

This gorgeous art deco skyscraper is worth visiting for its own merits, too, with a beautifully appointed lobby. This is my favorite thing to do near Times Square.

Getting In: Top of the Rock tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Rockefeller Center Tour

Rockefeller-Center-Tour-3 - CopyFeaturing 19 commercial buildings in the area between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Rockefeller Center is home to major landmarks like the Rink at Rockefeller Center (popular for skating in winter), Radio City Music Hall, Top of the Rock, the Comcast Building, and more.

A tour of this compact but diverse little corner of midtown Manhattan is a chance to learn a little bit more about NYC culture.

Getting In: Rockefeller Center Tour tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Radio City Stage Door Tour®

Radio-City-Music-Hall-Stage-Door-Tour-5Theater buffs, rejoice! Now is your chance to go behind the scenes at one of America’s most famous theaters.

With the comprehensive, 75-minute Radio City Stage Door Tour®, you’ll get in-depth looks at major areas and special objects that make this amazing place such an important cultural destination.

You’ll even get to take a photo with a world-famous Rockette!

Getting In: Radio City Stage Door Tour tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Museum of Modern Art

MOMA 6_Water Lilies_MonetIn a city with so many stellar art museums, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. The Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA) does just that.

Their vast collections of modern and contemporary art showcase everything from the best of world-famous artists to the newest offerings of up-and-comers. Come here to be inspired.

Getting In: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

THE RIDE

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If you’re looking for a unique tour of NYC, look no further than THE RIDE, a delightfully interactive experience that feels more like a theatrical performance than a simple sightseeing tour.

This 75-minute excursion is hosted by two professional comedians who will escort you past the city’s top sites, like Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, Central Park, and of course, Times Square itself.

It’s a delightful way to enjoy a new model of sightseeing that ditches the old boring surveys of Times Square in favor of an interactive, vibrant presentation.

Getting In: THE RIDE NYC tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass. Another fun option is THE TOUR, an equally entertaining experience!

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there are our top recommendations for things to do in Times Square and the nearby area during your trip to New York City.

Explore more sights and sounds in Times Square by checking out this HotelsCombined blog on the Best Hotels for Experiencing New York Time’s Square.

Many of these great attraction options and more are included on the New York City Explorer Pass®, which can save you up to 50% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

We hope you consider adding a few of these top attraction options to your NYC vacation plans.

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