You’ve all probably asked yourselves this question while planning a trip to New York City. Is Times Square worth the hassle? Well, I’m here to help you out.
I’ll admit, I’ve visited Times Square on three different occasions and sometimes it really does cause you to feel claustrophobic and completely overwhelmed. There are tourists everywhere, traffic is so bad it’s laughable, vendors approach you with every tour bus deal under the sun, and the winding line for discounted Broadway tickets makes walking on the sidewalk impossible. But still, I choose to explore the area every single time because it’s so different from the Midwest or downtown DC — or any other place I’ve lived, for that matter. And for this reason I think that Times Square is worth the hassle… and the headaches you’ll probably develop while listening to the constant noise of car horns and tourists screaming for the Naked Cowboy.
Maybe it’s because I was an avid viewer of MTV’s Total Request Live, but this area reminds me of so many childhood memories. Like stalking ‘N Sync’s every move. Oh, and the Backstreet Boys. And any popular boy band, really. I remember sitting in my kitchen while watching TV after school and thinking, “I’m going to Times Square when I’m older.” So I did. Because I’m a tourist and that’s what tourists do… they go to M&M’s World and stuff.
So don’t avoid Times Square just because a friend, blogger, or family member thinks it’s a waste of time and too tourist-filled. Decide if you want to experience the bright lights, shopping, Broadway shows, and strange people you’re bound to come across. P.S. Did you know there’s a Naked Grandma roaming around the area? Disturbing on a whole new level.
When you travel, do you do “touristy” things like Times Square?
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