Have you ever dreamed of attending the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party? This year, don’t just watch the ball drop on TV. Grab a C&J bus to Port Authority (located just minutes from Times Square) on New Year’s Eve and ring in the new year while the planet watches.
There are hundreds of things to do in New York City on New Year’s Eve, but to help you get started we’ve narrowed it down a few of our favorites.
Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square
If you’re looking for the quintessential New Year’s Eve celebration in NYC, get to Times Square between 3 and 5 p.m. for the best views of the legendary New Year’s Eve Ball. The Annual New Year’s Eve celebration is free and open to the public. Be sure to dress in warm layers and bring water. And remember, no bags or backpacks allowed.
The best views of the Ball, which is located at One Times Square, are from 43rd to 50th Street, Broadway, and Seventh Avenue through 59th Street. The ball is lit and raised against a backdrop of pyrotechnics at approximately 6 p.m., and begins its descent at 11:59 p.m., after a brief performance by (you guessed it) Miley Cyrus.
The whole event culminates in a confetti drop and fireworks display unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Imagine more than one ton of colorful confetti raining down at the stroke of midnight.
Attend a Fabulous NYE Party
What is New Year’s Eve, if not an excuse for a really awesome party? New York City is the unofficial party capital of the U.S., and there are dozens of fabulous New Year’s Eve parties peppered throughout the city.
Check out balldrop.com for a list of 58 of Times Square’s best New Year’s Eve events, including the popular, multiple-venue Balldrop Pass, VIP packages at Planet Hollywood Times Square, and all ages parties at Dave & Busters and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
You can also purchase the Times Square Official Family Pass for complimentary food, drinks and admission to at least two Times Square venues.
Take a Cruise Around Manhattan
If crowds aren’t your thing, try a New Year’s Eve cruise around Manhattan. Surprisingly, there are a number of options, from fancy black tie affairs to family-friendly fireworks cruises.
You can dance, eat and drink the night away with the city’s glittering skyline as your backdrop. When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll get to watch the city’s amazing fireworks display bloom above the skyline. Check out CircleLine42.com or NewYearsCruise.com to find the right yacht party for your tastes, and book your tickets early. Most cruises board at 9 p.m. and return at 1 a.m.
Wherever you end up on New Year’s Eve, let us take you there. Parking in NYC is a nightmare on a good day. We’ll get you to and from Port Authority in just five hours without the stress and hassle of driving. So stay safe, have fun, and most of all, have a very Happy New Year!
Thinking Boston instead? Check out our favorite things to do for First Night 2014 in Boston.