How to Kill Time in Manhattan During a Layover

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So you have a good few hours to kill in Manhattan? Well, make the most of it! Here are some ways to pass the time until you fly out of New York.

Things You'll Need

  • Knowledge of the NY Subway system
  • Subway pass
  • Cab fare
  • Money

Explore the city that never sleeps!

Catch a Broadway show! Matinees are shown on weekends around 2 p.m. and evening performances are put on at about 7 or 8 p.m. all week. Go to the TKTS counter at Times Square and get a half-price ticket to a musical or play, or pick up a flier for the show you want to see at any major hotel chain and call the box office.

Head uptown and check out Central Park, if not only for the people-watching! There you'll find tourists from around the world, performers, joggers and bicyclists. If you have kids, why not take them to the petting zoo?

Eat some of the tastiest food you'll ever eat! You're in New York! New York has some of the best pizza in the world, such as Ray's Famous Pizza. Take a cab or the subway to places notorious to New York such as Katz' Deli (205 E Houston Street), any restaurant in Chinatown (Canal Street.) or the infamous Shopsin's (120 Essex Street)--where an almost infinite number of dishes are served, even more are made up daily and "Rules" are implemented. You have to try it to understand it!

Go to the Empire State Building, especially during the evening, when it's lit up and absolutely gorgeous. Ride the flight simulator located inside.

Walk about 10 blocks north from mid-town (roughly Times Square) and shop at a variety of designer and department stores, from Prada to Versace to Saks 5th Avenue.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the best New York food, the trick is to stay away from the city center. This is where the boring chain restaurants are and they tend to mark up their prices.

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