Gather your girls and plan your next girls’ trip to Times Square in New York City. This happening neighborhood is more than just the place the mirror ball drops on New Year’s Eve; it is a part of the very active theater scene and one of the main hubs of the city.
You can easily spend a weekend or even an entire week exploring Times Square. Snap a selfie with the big jumbotron where you can even have a personalized message displayed for a hefty fee.
Pack your bags and head to the Big Apple for a girls’ trip to beat all other trips you have taken with your gal pals. Just remember to use a luggage storage locker when you are out and about to stow your large bags for safekeeping.
What to Do in Times Square
Madame Tussauds New York
Madame Tussauds opened in 2000 in Times Square and has become a popular tourist attraction. Get an up-close-and-personal experience with many of your favorite stars, past, and present. The life-like wax figures are truly amazing to see in person.
Many interactive displays will leave you in awe, especially the Marvel Super Hero 4D experience and the Ghostbusters Dimension. With over 85,000 square feet and five levels to explore, you and your girlfriends will have a blast.
Long lines will quickly form, especially on the weekends, so get your tickets in advance and skip the long lines at the ticket counter.
One Times Square
This historic skyscraper rises 363 feet in the air and is 25 stories. It is the backdrop for the iconic annual New York City New Year’s Eve celebration and ceremonial mirror ball drop. It sits in the heart of Times Square and is one of the most photographed places.
The building was designed by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz and was the original headquarters for the New York Times in 1905. The paper moved its headquarters in 1913 and the building sat empty for years.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
You and your gal pals can score tickets to watch the popular CBS talk show taped each weekday at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Tickets are free, but you have to get them early as they are released about two months ahead of the taping.
You don’t even have to really be a fan of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to sit in on a taping of the show. Just getting to experience how a talk show is set up and filmed is exciting.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
If you are not able to score tickets to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, then maybe you can get tickets to watch the taping of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Comedian Jon Stewart used to host the show but Trevor Noah took over in 2015.
The show is taped every weekday and tickets are free, but it can be tricky to nab tickets unless you can get them well in advance. The studio where the Daily Show with Trevor Noah is filmed is in Hell’s Kitchen, another great place to visit with your girls.
Woodbury Common Shopping Trip
While the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are not in Times Square, they are but a short train ride away in Central Valley. Here you can find fantastic deals on name brands without paying the high prices.
Browse through Prada, Coach, Lacoste, Burberry, and Nike for great deals. You will find even better deals when you get your VIP coupon booklet along with a New York City Explorer Pass Card.
Where to Stay in Times Square
The Knickerbocker Hotel
This hotel was built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor and is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in New York City. The Knickerbocker Hotel is a wonderful example of the Beaux-Arts architecture that swept through the city in the early 1900s.
The interior of the hotel has been completely modernized and has spacious rooms with modern amenities and luxurious bathrooms. After a day of sightseeing, head back to your rooms and relax in style or hang out at the rooftop bar and lounge.
Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Be sure to book one of the Terrace Rooms with a balcony that overlooks Times Square. The ultimate girls’ trip to NYC really is not complete unless you can sit on your private balcony sipping coffee, looking out over this fantastic neighborhood.
The Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel also offers a 24-hour gym to work off all the decadent food you will be sampling while here. If you are stuck still having to do some work while on your girls’ trip, the hotel even has a business center.
Where to Eat in Times Square
Dave and Buster’s Time Square
While Dave and Buster’s is more of a family restaurant, the kid in you will be thrilled to explore the different arcade games, challenging your girls to friendly competitions. Sit back and catch a local game at the sports bar portion of the restaurant.
Try one of the innovative and quite imaginative cocktails offered or order one of 20 different beers on tap. Everyone in your group will find something delicious and filling on the menu. Be sure to try the signature chicken and waffles sliders.
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant – Times Square
Sometimes you just want to sit down for a fantastic Italian meal. Carmine’s is the perfect place to go. The menu boasts traditional Italian dishes served on family-sized platters that will easily serve two or three people.
Plan to order a few different dishes and share them with your girlfriends so you can sample more of the fantastic food at Carmine’s. The staff is more than willing to help you decide what to order and also which wines will best complement your meal.
Your next girls’ trip to Times Square will be a memory-maker for sure, no matter what activities you choose to try. Just hanging out with your besties will make the trip wonderful but seeing more of New York’s Time Square will make the trip even better.
Pack your bags, plan your itinerary, book your hotel and head out to the Big Apple for a trip of a lifetime with your best gal pals.