One thing that makes Times Square so attractive is the epic ball drop on New Year’s Eve. You must have seen it on TV. Time Square sits at the intersection between Manhattan and the rest of New York City. Every day hundreds of thousands of tourists walk along Times Square, which got its name from the Times Building.
HOW TO GET TO TIMES SQUARE
After reaching a New York Airport, there are a variety of options varying in cost. You can take a taxi, which will cost you $50-$60 USD. You can also use the Bus services, which costs roughly $5 USD. Trains are time-consuming, but they are still cheaper than a taxi; a train will cost you $12 USD. Lastly, there are shuttle services from the airport to Times Square.
WHEN TO GO TO TIMES SQUARE
Times Square has, on average, 330,000 tourists visit daily. There is no day when this crossroads of the world is empty. Thus, there really is no bad day for a visit. But you must add seeing the Countdown on New Year’s Eve in Times Square to your Bucket List. But, please be reminded that it is also one of the busiest and most crowded time to visit New York City and Times Square. Plus, it’s very, very cold. So, if you do plan to cross off your bucket list then dress appropriately.
THINGS TO DO IN TIMES SQUARE
There are a plethora of places to discover in Times Square, ranging from Broadway shows to quirky cafes. Start with Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which has wax statues of famous celebrities. Then head to the Neo-Gothic, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Central Park, the Empire State Building, New York Public Library, Radio City Music Hall and shopping on 5th Avenue are must-see destinations near Times Square.
WHERE TO STAY IN TIMES SQUARE
Right on 43rd Street is the classy and deluxe Casablanca Hotel. However, the Doubletree Suites, on Broadway, are perfect for families who want more space. If your pet travels with you, then The Muse is the perfect choice for your furry friend. Lastly, the Marriott Marquis is the best location to see the panoramic view of New York’s famous ball drop event.
If you are on a budget, you can also look into hostels and Airbnb to stay close to Times Square (near subway lines) while saving some cash.
You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out our global plug and socket page to see the photos and other useful information. If you are from Asia or Europe, your devices need a step-down transformer to work at this voltage. The standard voltage is the U.S. is 110 V. An international travel adapter would work fine for the American standard socket.
RENT A CAR VS. TAXI
Whether you are coming from out of the United States or other cities, it is best to use the subway train system and taxi (or car sharing services such as Uber or Lyft). Traffic can be bad and time-consuming and finding a parking spot can be a frustrating experience for a new comer. So avoid renting unless you are visiting with a local and you know what you are doing and where you are going.
January 15, 2017 11:39 pm