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The 10 Best New York Attractions within Walking Distance of Penn Station

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New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the world.

According to Walkable, the city as a whole has a Walk Score of 85 out of 100. Particularly, neighborhoods in Manhattan like Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Upper East Side, Koreatown, Midtown, and the Theater District all score a solid 99-100.

That means, when you’re staying at the Hotel Penn, you have plenty of options for stuff to do near Penn Station. Best of all, you won’t have to mess with taxis or public transport if you don’t want to – you can just walk to your destination!

10 New York Attractions You Can Walk to from Penn Station

While you’re visiting, a quick walk will take you to any of these iconic New York attractions from Penn Station and the Hotel Penn.

1. Empire State Building

Of all the stuff to do near Penn Station, the Empire State Building tops most visitors’ lists. Rightly nicknamed “New York’s observation deck,” this attraction has been featured in countless Hollywood movie scenes. From the top, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding city and take in a bit of New York’s history, too.

2. Bryant Park

No matter the time of year you visit NYC, Bryant Park offers fun and events for all seasons. Best of all, it’s just a 10-15-minute walk from Penn Station.

Whether you enjoy outdoor concerts, movie nights, or Shakespearean performances in the warmer months, or the Winter Village, skating rink, and other activities during the cooler months, you won’t run out of things to do.

3. Times Square

No trip to New York would be complete without a stop at Times Square. This New York City attraction is a bustling hub of neon lights, shops and restaurants, and show business.

Of course, it’s perhaps most famous for the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, but it also boasts art displays, Broadway shows, and plenty of entertainment.

4. The Theater District

Want a true taste of Broadway? Head to the Theater District in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a mere 15-minute walk from Penn Station.

Here you can visit the major Broadway theaters and see a show, partake in delicious local dining at any number of hot spots, or even have a seat and a listen at one of the reputed jazz clubs.

5. Radio City Music Hall

A 20-minute trip will take you straight to Radio City Music Hall, an NYC institution since the early 1930s. This is the home base of the world-famous Rockettes as well as a renowned venue for all kinds of shows, concerts, and performances.

6. Chrysler Building

Yet another of New York’s famous skyscrapers is the Chrysler Building. It was completed in 1930 and features a signature Art Deco design and architecture. It briefly held the distinction of being the tallest building in the world, but the Empire State Building nudged it out of first place just 11 months after it was built.

7. Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a transportation hub, an architectural gem, and a major New York attraction. When you visit, be sure to check out highlights such as the Main Concourse Ceiling – it features a mural of the Zodiac painted in gold-leaf – as well as the iconic Information Booth Clock, the Whispering Gallery, and over 65 shops and 35 restaurants.

8. Koreatown

Just a 5-7-minute walk from Penn Station is Koreatown. If enjoying a little slice of Asian culture appeals to you, you must visit this alternative to Chinatown. Eat traditional and fresh takes on Korean food. Check out shops and major chains popular in South Korea. Most of all, join the hustle and bustle of this vibrant neighborhood in Manhattan.

9. Magnet Theater

The Magnet Theater is a popular venue for improv and sketch comedy shows. You can also learn from the pros in free improv classes.

10. Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is one of the most popular entertainment venues in the world. It’s the home of the New York Knicks and the Rangers, and can seat over 20,000 people. Luckily, Madison Square Garden is only steps away from Penn Station.

Find an Amazing Amount of Stuff to Do Near Penn Station

Penn Station is truly a hub for all things fun in Midtown Manhattan. There are countless New York attractions in walking distance – even more than we can fit in here – which means you’ll have zero trouble finding your next adventure in NYC.

Don’t forget: The historic Pennsylvania Hotel is right across the street from Penn Station. If you want to be centrally located and close to everything, stay with us!

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