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New York City Sightseeing: Times Square Attractions

Times Square has changed drastically over the years, but what hasn't changed is the entertainment: as always, the ways to amuse and delight yourself are endless.

Take the kids to get up close and personal with the world’s biggest legends and celebrities at Madame Tussauds New York, home to masterfully crafted, life-size wax figures that seem so real, they’ll feel like they’ve met some of their favorite celebrities. Recent additions to the Madame T pantheon include Serena Williams, SpongeBob SquarePants (the first animated personality to be honored at Madame Tussauds), the Jonas Brothers, President Obama, Zac Efron, and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the first figure to be part of the Bollywood Zone. The brightly colored, fully interactive area includes a replica of the Taj Mahal, videos of authentic Indian dancers and a photo area where visitors can pose as Bollywood stars -- all designed to re-create the experience of being on a Bollywood film set with Bachchan. 234 W. 42nd St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 800-246-8872; www.madametussauds.com/newyork.

The NBC Experience Store/NBC Studio Tour is your one stop to the world of NBC. Located directly across from the Today show's "window on the world," this is the home of the famous NBC Studio Tour and the Rockefeller Center Tour. Buy your tickets here. Tours run 7 days a week. Advance reservations available. Store hours are 8am-7pm. 30 Rockefeller Plaza (49th St. btw. 5-6 Aves.), ?212-664-3700; www.nbcuniversalstore.com.

On the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour, experience the behind-the-scenes magic of America’s most popular showplace, as expertly trained tour guides take you on a one-hour journey through the history of one of the country’s most magnificent national landmarks. They’ll even throw in a real-life Rockette for good measure, and a peak at the Radio City Autograph Book, which has been signed with personal messages by every artist to ever grace the Great Stage in the venues history. 50th St. & Sixth Ave., 212-247-4777; www.radiocity.com.

Not an art museum, not a science museum, and not a circus sideshow, ­Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square showcases the oddities in life and delivers the ultimate in shockingly odd, true stories. The exhibits include Ripley’s collection of 24 shrunken heads that were the spoils of war for the Jivaro Indians of Ecuador; a 3,197-lb. meteorite that fell to earth in China during the Ming Dynasty in 1529; a collection of Olympic torches; and human and animal oddities. Discover the embodiment of one man’s endless fascination with our world and his belief that fact is stranger than fiction. And be sure to check out their shop, which features t-shirts, bizarre collectibles, unique jewelry, crazy candy and toys that will engage your imagination. 234 W. 42nd St. btw. Seventh &?Eighth Aves., 212-398-3133; www.ripleysnewyork.com.

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