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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published April 30th 2012

The sights and sounds of Times Square are unlike any you'll see anywhere else. The neon signs flashing, the music and laughter coming from the trendy bars and cafes, and the thousands of people who throng the Square all year long make Times Square a favorite destination for residents and tourists alike. If this is your first visit, you may not even know where to begin your journey around this exciting and vibrant area. The places and things listed below will help you get oriented.

Visit name-brand stores, such as the Disney Store and Virgin Megastore

In an effort to rejuvenate Times Square from its former "sleaziness" to a place that would be safe and enjoyable enough for tourists to visit, the locating of such shops as the Disney Store was implemented. This ensured that families would visit. In an effort to keep Times Square attractive to the adult crowd, record stores such as Virgin Megastore were also opened here. So, now there's something for everyone to do.

If you can't find something you like in one of these stores, don't worry. There are street vendors galore and many of the larger department stores have entrances on the Times Square side of the block or street they inhabit. You're sure to find something you like.

Visit the various restaurants and coffee shops.

There are several different restaurants and coffee shops in Times Square that won't cost you a bundle. You can enjoy your food inside, or order it to go and eat it in the little pocket park that is located there.
If you've always wanted to try the street food that New York is so famous for, there are tons of street carts parked all over Times Square. Just pick the one that is serving whatever you're hungry for, step up to it, and place your order, just like New York residents do every day.

Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Works.

You're likely to see real-live celebrities on Times Square, but if you don't, you can see the next best thing—their likenesses in wax. Bring your camera and have your picture made with celebrities, noted political characters, and others.

Visit the NBC Studios.

You can take a tour or even make arrangements to attend a show taping. Some of the more popular ones will require advance booking—very advance booking, so keep this in mind.

Visit Rockefeller Center.

If you're visiting during the winter, you can enjoy the ice skating rink as well as the Christmas Tree lighting. In other seasons, you can enjoy dining outdoors so that you can watch the people while you eat. For the most spectacular view of New York City, ride to the "Top of the Rock". It's a little pricey, but it's worth it.
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Why? Because Times Square, Manhattan is a fun place to visit
When: Whenever you want
Where: Times Square
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Virgin Megastore has been closed for almost one year.
By feisd - reader
Thursday, 2nd of June @ 01:27 pm
Id love to be able to skate on ice at the Skating Rink, especially at Christmas. it would be an amazing experience.

The Wax Works and a good dining experience would be a somewhat surrealistic experience for an visitor to the States.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 17th of December @ 12:02 am
NBC Studios isn't in Times Square -- it is in Rockefeller Center, which is a healthy ten minute walk from Times Square. Instead of the high-priced tourist-y ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center, you can skate for FREE at the rink in Bryant Park, which really is in Times Square.

Evelyn Kanter
Lifelong New Yorker
Author of 10 NYC travel guidebooks
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By evely14 - reader
Monday, 9th of January @ 05:56 pm
Virgin Megastore shut down that location in 2009. There's actually no more of that chain in North America.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 2nd of August @ 04:58 pm
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