5 Things to See in Times Square, New York

New York City’s Times Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, and over 50 million people arrive each year to experience this city block.  Times Square is definitely geared towards tourists, and most native New Yorkers avoid this area like the plague.

With bright neon lights and hustle and bustle, it’s a feast for the senses and is pulsing with energy.  It can be fascinating and overwhelming. Most New Yorkers are in a hurry, and there’s nothing that irritates a New Yorker more than people lollygagging in the street, with no sense of direction, walking slowly.  New Yorkers just sort of co-exist together, and have an unspoken dance they do really quickly to avoid bumping into each other.  Here are five fun things to do.pretzel, times square, new york

Eat New York Street Food

You work up quite an appetite walking the streets of New York, but the food trucks and food carts on every block solves that problem.  My personal favorite is the iconic NY pretzel. pretzel, new yorl, street food, times squareYou can buy them on literally every street corner, they’re consistently warm and chewy, and they save nicely.  I mean, who can eat a pretzel the size of a human head!

Enjoy the Times Square Cast of Characters 

Times Square is filled with people dressed as colorful superheroes (sometimes they are not quite dressed 😉 ), to try and convince tourists to take pictures with them for tips.  Like the “Naked Cowboy” – is the world a better place because of him?

naked cowboy, times square, new york - does the world need this guy?
The Naked Cowboy is a fixture on Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and white briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity.

There’s Batman, Elmo, The Statue of Liberty, The Naked Cowboy and many more.

naked cowboy, times square, new york. Not quite naked. It’s quite entertaining watching the persuasive measures they’ll take.  However, if you’re not interested, a firm ‘no thank you’ will encourage them to seek business elsewhere.

Catch a Broadway Show

Even the grumpiest New Yorker will come to Times Square to see a Broadway show.  Attending a show on Broadway in New York should be on everyone’s bucket list.  kinky boots, broadway, theatre, broadwayshow, musical, new york,

The bright lights,  live music, and dazzling costumes are a truly awesome spectacle.  And watching talented performers giving their all to entertain and take you to an imaginary place, is good for the soul.  If musicals aren’t your thing, there are plenty of plays in every genre to choose from.Kinkyboots, broadway, new york with Tori

Times Square: A Great Place to People Watch

Times Square is one of the best places ever for people-watching and is known as the ”crossroads of the world”. I’ve never seen a more eclectic group of people.  I was approached by guys trying to sell me their CD, Batman wanting to take a picture with me, and I was even asked if I wanted to see nude men!  (blush).  Regardless of where you sit, you can feel the electric buzz of New York City.

Neon lights and billboards in Times Square times square, new york - it's so busy!

Experience the “Midnight Moment”

The Midnight Moment is the world’s largest and longest-running digital art exhibition. Every night from 11:57 pm to midnight, the towering billboards in Times Square are synchronized with a chosen artist, resulting in three fantastic minutes of the same artistic images.

Have you visited Times Square?

What were your favorite things to do?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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