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Times Square free

Between West 42nd and West 47th Streets | New York City, NY 10036 | Official website
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself — it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of Midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark. "I love Times Square, especially at midnight when it's brightly lit and the place is a hive of activity. It's quite a sight," exclaimed one TripAdvisor user.

Times Square's biggest tourist draw is the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. Revelers jam-pack the area to see New York's famous Waterford Crystal ball descend 77 feet from a pole on the One Times Square building. If you're feeling brave, take a trip to New York and Times Square at this time of year and watch the ball drop for free! Just plan on coming in the early morning and staying all day, and note that the area is super crowded — even by New York standards.

Times Square's constant activity makes it easy to find (take any train that stops at 42nd Street and Times Square or Port Authority). Visit the official website for more information on what you can see and do in the area, and keep in mind the area's restaurants and stores have closing hours, but the billboards of Time Square bedazzle 24/7.

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