With its bright lights, hustle-bustle and melting pot appeal, New York City is the go to destination for anyone seeking to reinvent themselves. The iconic New York area of Times Square has pulled a bit of a reinventing act of its own, and ever since it was revamped in the 1990’s, Times Square has been transformed into a mecca for tourists and one of the must-see neighborhoods of any trip to New York City.
With the hordes of tourists and abundance of attractions, the thought of a visit to Times Square can be simultaneously alluring and overwhelming. Whether you're looking for something to do before or after a Broadway show, or you're simply looking for some new attractions to check out next time you're in Times Square, the following list should satisfy any prospective visitor to the Big Apple.
1. Top of the Rock
For a breathtaking view of the city's world-famous skyline, visitors can do no better than to ride to the “Top of the Rock,” or Rockefeller Center. Witness the glorious Spring transformations of New York City from high up above, snap a few pictures and marvel at the sight of all the New Yorkers and tourists hurrying down below.
2. Hersheys Store
For anyone needing to be relieved of a sweet tooth, the Hershey Store in Times Square is a must stop. This real-life Willy Wonka-esque store stocks all sorts of chocolate confections sure to thrill children and kids at heart alike. Perfect for browsing or for picking out some giant Reese's and immense chocolate bars to take home, this is a fun destination to check out in Times Square.
3. Bryant Park
Does the concrete jungle have you longing for greener pastures? Bryant Park should allow visitors looking to get in touch with nature to feel more at ease. Spend a beautiful Spring day strolling through the park, and absorb all the sights and sounds that New York City has to offer. The picturesque Merry-Go-Round, known as Le Carrousel, makes for a perfect activity for anyone traveling with kids.
4. Public Library
Any serious bookworms planning a trip to Times Square won't want to miss stopping in at the main branch of the New York Public Library. Open for over 100 years now, this library not only houses thousands of books, including rare treasures like a Gutenberg bible, it is a landmark architectural feat for the city. Magnificent stone lions grace the entrance, and an ornate marble stairway leads patrons up to the Beaux-Arts building.
5. Broadway Show
What visit to Times Square would be complete without attending a Broadway show? New York City has everything from classic musicals and timeless plays, to cutting-edge new shows, so there is bound to be something to appeal to everyone. Exploring New York City can be expensive, but discounted tickets are fairly easy to find. Also check out NYCTourist for information on specific shows.