Central Park, Times Square & Union Square
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This walk takes you past New York's best known and most impressive sights, such as its sensational Times Square and dazzling Empire State Building, which offers breathtaking views out over the city.
For more than 100 years people have flocked to the Times Square area for entertainment, including everything from opera and vaudeville to comedy and musicals. And all within walking distance from Central Park. In the 1960s and 1970s, gambling dens and sex shows were on nearly every corner. Today the area has a more inviting atmosphere for tourists attending theaters, entertainment venues, and retail stores, drawing in a far different crowd from its former days.
Broadway cuts right through Times Square. Here you can catch renowned shows like The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton (if you can manage to finagle tickets to the perennially sold-out show!). Discounted tickets are available for many shows at the TKTS Booth, where lines form daily.
Admire the impressive Beaux Art architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and the nearby iconic skyscrapers, then head south toward Madison Square Park. Further south, at Union Square, uptown/downtown and east side/west side converge in a park where there is always something going on. Stop to play a game of chess with a stranger, admire the work of local artists, or grab food and a drink at the great restaurants and bars in the area. It’s also an excellent spot to simply sit and people watch. Union Square is also known for its Greenmarket, a lively farmers market.