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42nd Street New York City Tours and Activities

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42nd Street New York City
Running west to east across Midtown Manhattan, 42nd Street is New York City’s all-singing, all-dancing entertainment hub. Part of the Times Square intersection and Broadway Theater District, the famous street draws visitors with its shows, shops, bright lights, and architectural landmarks.

The Basics

No trip to New York City is complete without exploring 42nd Street, which is divided into two sections: East 42nd, with its stately office and residential blocks, and West 42nd, where gigantic digital billboards, flashing theater marquees, and honking yellow cabs rule both day and night.

The street is a popular stop on all the city’s hop-on hop-off bus tours—letting you admire the sights from your seat or jump out to catch a show or do a little shopping. Alternatively, opt for a tour that features 42nd Street alongside other architecturally interesting areas of Manhattan, or one that focuses on Times Square’s Prohibition-era history.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The street is a must for sightseers, shoppers, theater lovers, and first-time visitors to New York City.
  • The street is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though be ready to negotiate crowded sidewalks.

How to Get There
Extending for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from end to end, 42nd Street cuts through the center of Midtown Manhattan. Key subway stations are 42nd Street–Times Square, 42nd Street–Bryant Park/Fifth Avenue, and Grand Central–42nd Street. Buses 199, M42, M55, QM2, and QM24 stop near Times Square.
 
When to Get There

The intersection of 42nd Street, Broadway, and Times Square is always busy, so expect to weave through crowds almost anytime you go. For a slightly less congested experience, visit right after the morning rush hour—before many tourists arrive. After dark, the lights of the billboards and theaters make a memorable sight.

East 42nd Street

Once you’ve experienced the lights, shops, and perhaps a show on West 42nd Street, check out East 42nd Street. This elegant thoroughfare begins at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park, and boasts NYC signatures such as Grand Central Terminal, the art deco Chrysler Building, and the towering United Nations Headquarters, overlooking the East River.
Address: 42nd Street, New York City, New York, USA 10036, USA
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience 42nd Street New York City

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Times Square Tour with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Ticket

Times Square Tour with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Ticket

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[Best Valued 5.5-Hour Experience] It’s a must visit landmark in the city that never sleeps. Times Square, nicknamed the “Crossroads of the World,” is a symphony of neon lights infused with the bustling sounds of a gigantic metropolis. Come with us and experience the magic of Broadway. See how a piece of farmland became the world’s most visited destination and attained the moniker “the Great White Way.” Visit Bryant Park, where New York City’s "Fashion Week” is staged. Experience the magic of Broadway on this fun-filled tour. Madame Tussauds invites you to pose “in a moment in time” with the world’s most iconic musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and more. With over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Times Square Walking Tour With Ripley's Believe It or Not Ticket

Times Square Walking Tour With Ripley's Believe It or Not Ticket

[Best Valued 4.5 Hour Experience] It’s a must visit landmark in the city that never sleeps. Times Square, nicknamed the “Crossroads of the World,” is a symphony of neon lights infused with the bustling sounds of a gigantic metropolis. Come with us and experience the magic of Broadway. See how a piece of farmland became the world’s most visited destination and attained the moniker “the Great White Way.” Visit Bryant Park, where New York City’s "Fashion Week” is staged. Experience the magic of Broadway on this fun-filled tour. Then visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, this one-of-a-kind attraction in New York City is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected, and the unbelievable. Come solve a series of puzzles and decipher strange symbols to unlock the secrets of Ripley's Relic.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.95
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Times Square and Broadway Theater Walking Tour

Times Square and Broadway Theater Walking Tour

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[Best Valued 2-Hour Experience using Extra Large Posters] It’s a must visit landmark in the city that never sleeps. Times Square, nicknamed the “Crossroads of the World,” is a symphony of neon lights infused with the bustling sounds of a gigantic metropolis. Come with us and experience the magic of Broadway. See how a piece of farmland became the world’s most visited destination and attained the moniker “the Great White Way.” Visit Bryant Park, where New York City’s "Fashion Week” is staged. Experience the magic of Broadway on this fun-filled tour. Optional add-on includes Ripley's Believe It or Not or Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Guided 42nd Street Architecture Tour

Private Guided 42nd Street Architecture Tour

Manhattan's 42nd Street is located in the heart of the Big Apple and this popular privately guided tour of the thoroughfare's architecture is one of the most popular tour's in Times Square. Learn about the diverse neighborhoods that line this dynamic street as you wander alongside your expert guide. Learn about the history of iconic building and discover the mystery of some of the city's lesser-known gems. Whether you're a first-time visitors or a resident of this great city, the 42nd Street architectural tour is a must!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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