Experience the energy and excitement of Midtown Manhattan. Boasting some of New York City's most impressive skyscrapers and the iconic Times Square, it's easy to spend hours getting lost in the magic and bustle of the center of the city.
Walk a few steps from our pier at West 42nd St. and visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, explore the cultural scene of Hell's Kitchen or catch a last minute Broadway show - the opportunities are endless! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Midtown Manhattan before you catch a Water Taxi to Downtown/Battery Park.
New York Water Taxi All Day Access Pass map of Midtown
1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Located just steps away from our Midtown pier, discover the legendary Intrepid aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise, some of the world’s fastest jets, as well as a guided missile submarine through hands-on exploration at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Today, the Intrepid is located on the Hudson River, as the centerpiece of the museum.
Insider Tip: When you purchase a New York Water Taxi ticket for the All Day Access Pass, you can add on a discounted combo ticket to the Intrepid!
The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum
2. Times Square
Welcome to the heart of The Big Apple. Home to flashing lights and billboards, beloved Broadway productions and dozens of flagship retail stores and dining options, Times Square truly radiates the "city that doesn't sleep" energy that visitors know and love about New York City. You can walk to the famous red steps for a sweeping view of the middle of Times Square and where the famous New Year's Eve ball drop occurs annually.
People walking around Times Square
3. Madame Tussauds
A favorite among tourists, Madame Tussauds was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and is one of the top attractions in NYC and worldwide. Take photos and snap selfies with life-like wax models of your favorite A-list celebrities, athletes, politicians and musicians. You'll be doing double takes as you walk through the museum and get starstruck at every corner. With over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment, including Ghostbusters: Dimension hyper-reality experience and New York’s largest animatronic in Kong: Skull Island, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever.
Insider Tip: When you purchase a New York Water Taxi ticket for the All Day Access Pass, you can add on a discounted combo ticket to Madame Tussauds!
Madame Tussauds wax museum display of Jimmy Fallon
4. Empire State Building
Located on 34th Street, the art-deco masterpiece that is the Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in all of New York City and is recognized worldwide. Towering at 103 floors, the building took only 410 days to complete - a much shorter time than what was expected - until it was fully built in 1931. There are observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, where you can marvel at the breathtaking views of the entire city. The Empire State Building is lit nightly with colors that are changed according to special events or holidays of that day.
Insider Tip: When you purchase a New York Water Taxi ticket for the All Day Access Pass, you can add on a discounted combo ticket to the Empire State Building!
View of the Empire State Building
5. New York Public Library
The New York Public Library, an official New York City landmark, opened on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in 1911. One of NYC's most iconic buildings, it welcomes millions of visitors a year to discover its inspiring public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions. Marvel at the two marble lions, who were named Patience and Fortitude following the Great Depression era, as they guard the structure’s main entrance along Fifth Avenue, as well as the building's gorgeous and historic interiors. Visit the Rose Reading Room, easily the most famous room in the building and one of the most breathtaking public spaces in New York.
The New York Public Library Reading Room