Broadway, New York CityWhen you think of adult activities in New York City, your thoughts should instantly go to Broadway. Every year, there are countless acts in the many theaters nearby. You can stay busy for days with the number of things to do in the Broadway area.
Top Shows Productions change from year-to-year. However, there are some that go on for years. Some of the top shows you can expect to see on Broadway or listed below.
- The Lion King
- School of Rock
- Book of Mormon
- Kinky Boots
- The Phantom of the Opera
You can choose to purchase tickets in advance from the individual theaters or you can try your luck at the Broadway TKTS Ticket Booth at Broadway and 47th Street in Father Duffy Square. Depending on the show and where you choose to sit, tickets can be anywhere from $25 to $300 and above.
You can see a full calendar of shows here.
What You Need to Know About Broadway When you want to see a show on Broadway, you will need to consider what play or musical you want to see. Further, seating is everything. You can be in the orchestra, the balcony, or anywhere in between. Certain shows may sell out quickly so it can be advantageous to purchase tickets several months in advance.
The average Broadway show is approximately 2 and half hours and includes a short intermission halfway through the show.
Most of the Broadway shows start at 7 or 8 PM. There may be matinee shows also offered, which may start around Noon or 1 PM.
Where to Eat Many restaurants around Broadway have a theatre menu that is designed to get you out in a timely fashion. Quite a few have a pre-fixe menu so that you can order a three or four-course meal and know that you will make your show.
Bluefin, 1567 Broadway If you love seafood and sushi, check this high-end restaurant out.
Café Un Deux Trois, 123 W 44th Street This is a longtime French bistro with delicious cuisine and a great bar.
The Lamb’s Club, 132 W 44th Street Found in the Chatwal Hotel, this restaurant is owned by Geoffrey Zakarian.
You can also find a full guide to restaurants around the Broadway area here.
Where to Stay There are many hotels around Broadway, making it easy for you to walk to your show. You will be able to choose based on budget as well as the features inside the hotel.
Pod 51 Hotel 230 E 51st Street This hotel is hip and modern with a café, free Wi-Fi, and a rooftop deck. Off-season rates are around $85 per night.
The Avalon Hotel 16 E 32nd Street The Avalon is an upscale hotel that features free Wi-Fi as well as suites. An average off-season rate is around $120 per night.
Hilton Times Square Located in the heart of Times Square, this high-rise hotel offers a chic bar and provides incredible city views. An average off-season rate is around $150 per night.
Other Things to Do In addition to seeing a Broadway show, there are many other things to do throughout this area of New York City.
Shopping should be at the top of your list. You can venture into Times Square to check out places like M&M World and the shopping mall known as The Fulton Center.
You can also check out some of the NYC walking tours that are available. These will provide you with some history and fun facts about the surrounding area.
Hop on/hop off buses are also readily available and you can pay for them when you hop on for the first time. It will make it easy to get all around the city and explore countless attractions.
How to Get Around Driving in New York City can be difficult because of the amount of traffic as well as all of the one-way streets. Additionally, parking garages are at a minimum and can be extremely expensive.
The best way to get around is by using taxis or the subway. A full map of the subway can be found here.