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Key Info

42nd Street and Park Avenue

Price & Hours

Free
5:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; shops and restaurants ...

Details

Free, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed just taking in the scenery. Before you enter, be sure to snap a few shots of the ornate beaux-arts neoclassical architecture outside. Inside the celebrated main concourse, you're treated to glimmering marble floors, gold and nickel-plated chandeliers and a sky-themed ceiling. Food options range from the upscale (Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. or The Campbell Apartment) to the legendary (the Oyster Bar or the gourmet kiosks at the Grand Central Market) to the fast and easy (Starbucks). As mentioned, there are also plenty of shopping options, though most travelers suggest you leave most of Grand Central's pricey merchandise in the store. If you want a train-themed souvenir, visit The New York Transit Museum Store in the shuttle passage.

Travelers call the train station "iconic" and say it's a beautiful space to walk through or to grab a meal and people-watch.

Grand Central Terminal is another prominent attraction located in midtown Manhattan. You can reach the station on the 4, 5, 6, 7 or S trains. If you just want to take a quick peek, note the station is free to enjoy from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can guide yourself through the venue or docent-led tours are available at 12:30 p.m. daily and cost $30 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and kids. You could also purchase the audio tour to enjoy at your leisure for $12 per adult, $11 per student and $10 per senior or child. Grand Central's shops and restaurants have more restricted hours; for information on their hours, plus details on tours, station maps and train schedules, visit the official website.

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