What To Do & Where To Eat in Magical Times Square – New York City

For me, no visit to NYC is complete without a visit to Times Square. It’s bright lights and busy atmosphere make it a popular tourist spot. But what can you actually see and do in Times Square?!

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to Rockafeller to get some stunning views of the city or enjoy the Trolls Experience – perfect for visits with children!


Madame Tussaud’s

Pose with your favourite celebrities wax model and get your own wax hand! Prices start at $29 and the attraction is open from 10am to 9pm most days. Head here in the evening for a quieter, more romantic experience πŸ™‚

β—‹ Website: www.MadameTussaudsNY.com β—‹ Email: info@madametussaudsny.com β—‹ Phone: +1 (866) 841-3505


TKTS Discount Booth

TKTS is the number one place to buy discounted tickets for the top Broadway shows. Ticketmaster is also perfect if you have a specific show that you must see!

β—‹ Website: www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths β—‹ Email: info@tdf.org

Photo Credit: experiencetheride.com

The Ride

A brand new interactive experience that shows you the sights of NYC like you’ve never seen them before.

β—‹ Website: experiencetheride.com β—‹ Phone: +1 (212) 221-0853


The Disney Store

For family’s or big kids, The Disney Store is an experience in itself. Check out your favourite characters and the detailed decor around the store. There are lots of things to do in NYC with kids and for a big kid like me, seeing the interactive areas of this store is definitely one of them!

Note to self: bring plenty of $$$$


Discovery Times Square

Discovery Times Square is a large scale exhibition center that homes the worlds best exhibitions. The Body Exhibition can often be found at Discovery and we loved seeing the Harry Potter Exhibition here!

Email: info@tsxnyc.com


Hershey’s Chocolate World

A great shop for chocolate lovers, get all the latest Hershey products and enjoy the free samples!


Dave & Busters

Eat, drink and play. A family fun center with arcades and bowling that stays open to late.

β—‹ Website: www.daveandbusters.com β—‹ Phone: +1 (646) 495-2015


Hard Rock Cafe

A popular restaurant chain located in the heart of Times Square.

β—‹ Website: www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-york/ β—‹ Email: New_York_Reception@hardrock.com β—‹ Phone: +1 (212) 343-3355


Toys “R” Us

Another favourite of mine, check out the Barbie House, Lego creations, moving dinosaurs and massive Ferris Wheel.

Unfortunately this store has now closed.


Irish Bars Galore

NYC and especially Times Square has hundreds of Irish bars across the city. Try a few out and enjoy the lively atmosphere and cider late into the night.

Check out O’Donoghue’s β—‹ Website: www.odpubnyc.com β—‹ Phone: +1 (212) 997-2262


Where to eat in Times Square?

Times Square have some great restaurants to visit. Hakkasan is a firm favourite, serving Chinese food as well as the Red Lobster and Gallagher’s Steak House for delicious seafood and a hearty steak. The Wasabi Sushi & Bento is perfect for a Japanese fix and Ellen’s Stardust Diner is one of the most popular and fun restaurants with theatre students and actors singing whilst they wait on your table! (think Glee!!)

β—‹ Red Lobster: Website β—‹ Gallagher’s Steak House: Website β—‹ Wasabi Sushi & Bento: Website β—‹ Ellen’s Stardust Diner: Website

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  • Kassie

    I LOVE Times Square. I know that people think it is overrated and just for tourists but I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle. The bright lights are just the right amount of big-city overwhelming! Love this guide on all the awesome things to do. The M&M store has always been my personal favorite πŸ™‚

  • Abbi

    I’ve been to NYC once, way back in 2009 on a trip with school! We went to Times Square and I thought it was amazing. I’d love to visit again. Thanks for the heads up on what to do!

  • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling

    I love your pictures! The Ride sounds like something I’d definitely have to try!

  • Jess Munday

    I really want to go to NYC and all the suggestions looks great!

    Jess | Enjoy the Adventure

  • Sonja

    Totally agree, a visit to New York has to include a visit to Times Square! I love this post though because when I’ve been before I just sort of wandered aimlessly around. It’s good to have some more info on what to see! My favourite thing I did in New York was take a limo ride home because we bargained it down to be cheap and got him to drive through Times Square at 4am!

  • Clare

    My first visit to NYC I stayed just off Times Square so spent a lot of time around there. I think I went in the Hard Rock Cafe for tea one night. My last trip to NYC was in August and there were so many tourists there I didn’t spend hardly any time there. It is a great place though and I would love to see NYE in there πŸ™‚

  • Reply

    The pictures look absolutely lovely.There’s so much to do in and around Times Square.I would love to check out The Ride and The Hershey’s store apart form going on a food trail.

  • Krysti

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s a HUGE dream of mine to visit New York but I actually didn’t know much about what was actually in Times Square- so I loved reading about everything! All of the options sound so fun- seems like I could easily spend a whole day just in that area!

  • Jimmy and Tina

    NYC is truly a great place and Time Square having so much to do is a wonderful place to visit. My ultimate favorite place though for Hershey, is Hershey Pennsylvania where even the street lights are shaped like hershey kisses πŸ™‚

  • Vicki Louise

    I love NY and Times Square and want to do all of these things! It’s been years since I was there tho so thanks for the heads up on whats available right now. It will be helpful when I’m planning!

  • Ticking the Bucketlist

    NYC looks like such a fun place. I have never been here but now want to plan a trip soon. The amount of chocolate goodness is awesome! Are there any restaurants that you would recommend for us vegetarians? Also, are there any free attractions that could help a budget traveller?

  • neha

    There is so much to do and see just at the times square. I never knew it. I have never been to NYC but I would definitely one day. And then I will visit all these spots as soon as I arrive in the city

  • Janine Good

    I love Time Square! It is such a hub for all things fun and all things vibrant! I love a good Hard Rock Cafe visit anytime! There really is so much to do there.

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