Times Square, NY
Bright Lights, Big City
Times Square -- with its neon lights, Broadway theatres, and non-stop action (not to mention seedy peep-show arcades) -- has always been a "must" stop for camera-toting tourists. But the sleaze factor was a bit too high for families.
Now you can't keep them away. Ever since Disney came to town (opening productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), Times Square has gone from X-rated to good clean fun. There are kid-friendly theme restaurants, TV studios with live broadcasts, name-brand stores, and dozens of multiplex movie theatres. It's a veritable Disneyland, so to speak.
Sure, the area's crowded and hectic (you must keep close tabs on your kids) but the new and safer Times Square is now also a popular family spot.