Times Square, located at the heart of New York City, sees among the highest footfall in the entire city. On the busiest days, the average number of pedestrians entering Times Square could be as high as 450,000! Annually, it draws 26 million people, says an article on Forbes. On Times Square, Sunday is the most crowded day and December is the most overcrowded month. So, if you are planning a sightseeing trip, choose the day wisely.
Top Attractions in Times Square
Apart from checking out the top attractions here, don’t forget to visit the area at night to experience the brilliant glow of the billboards that light up the skies, says an article by US Local Guide. Here are a few fun places to check out if you are in Times Square.
1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
This is a fun museum, which boasts more than 500 real artifacts, wild interactive experiences and 20 galleries. There are plenty of bizarre and mind blogging things to see, which might even make you question reality! You can see shrunken heads, Luke Skywalker’s light saber, Elvis’ hair, spinning vortex rooms, daredevil stunts and much more.
2. Madame Tussauds
This museum has over 200 wax figures of musicians, leaders, sportspersons, actors and more. It has been voted as New York’s biggest tourist attraction of all times. In April 2019, the museum launched its newest experience, that of Broadway. Here, tourists can stop at the Broadway Bar to sip on cocktails and then experience thrilling movies and iconic shows with special effects, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and so on.
3. OMEscape at Times Square
This is a real-life escape room game, which features high tech machinery with laser systems to create just the right ambiance for your preferred theme. This is a great experience when you are with friends or family and some themes are enjoyable for kids as well. They have 15 rooms, spread across three floors, including games like The Penitentiary, Laboratory of Biohazard and Room X.
4. The New Victory Theater
This is a performing arts theater for families with kids. They have circuses, puppet shows, rotating array of plays and many more activities suitable for kids between the ages 1 and 12 years. Apart from these, they also conduct workshops where hip hop, puppetry, circus performances, etc., are taught.
5. Gullivers’s Gate
This 50,000 square foot location has miniatures of stunning landmarks from Asia, Europe, America and more. You can see tiny versions of the Buckingham Palace, Grand Central, Taj Mahal, etc., along with mini cars, trains, boats and so on. What’s more, you can create a miniature 3D print of yourself and place it in Gulliver’s World.
Along with these top tourist attractions, you can also enjoy great dance performances, walk down the theater district or simply sit quietly to watch the movement of people, says an article on Insider.