Washington Square Park

West 4th Street, New York City


Washington Square Park is a 39,500 square metre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. it is a landmark as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. The Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The Park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. It includes children's play areas, trees and gardens, paths to stroll on, a chess and scrabble playing area, park benches, picnic tables, commemorative statuary and two dog runs. Washington Square has long been a hub for politics and culture in New York City. in addition the presence of street performers has been one of the defining characteristics of Washington Square Park.

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Open Hours:

  • Sat

    07:00 - 00:00

  • Sun

    07:00 - 00:00

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  • Mac A

    - 31 August 2018 -

    Gorgeous, bustling park with lots to do. Great views, especially for people watching. From spring to fall the flowers in the park are amazing! They create a lot of vibrant color! Sometimes there are cool shows in the park as well!

  • Mike Oppedisano

    - 18 August 2018 -

    Everyone talks about Union Square Park, and don't get me wrong, union square park is really cool. But when you come to washington square park, it's totally different vibe. Union Square is really crazy and a lot of people walking through getting to places, at Washington Square Park, everyone i just chilling on the grass, hanging out, reading, doing yoga, totally different vibe. I love it here. I've been here when it's been beautiful sunny out, and I waned to come and relax and read. Great vibe. If you do come here, definitely come from the north side (I believe) so that you can walk through the arches, which is pretty cool!

  • Jeff Baez

    - 12 August 2018 -

    This is one of my favorite parks in all of New York City, offering a diverse population, plenty of people watching opportunities, and some folks are eager to interact with a game of chess, discussion, or to play games. There is a children’s park offering softer turf, a dog park, a fountain in the center, and most iconic is the archway to the North. Favorite hang out among the NYU crowd, you’ll have the opportunity to see meet plenty of locals. Great food can be had nearby! I encourage take out so you can sit in the park and enjoy.

  • Robert Reed

    - 09 August 2018 -

    Hands down, the BEST place to people watch. Bring your lunch, sit by the fountain, and enjoy. The people of New York are some of the most real, genuine people you'll meet. Contrary to popular belief, they are NOT rude. They WILL help tourists that are polite. They just have no tolerance for stupidity and will let you know when you're being a fool. If you're a tourist, pay attention and get out of their way. They have places to be and things to do, so, pick up your pace when walking and NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take a picture or look at a map.

  • Josh Berman

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Absolutely love this park. A must stop for tourists and a great spot to relax for locals. Here you can find some of what New York is made of. I have spent countless days relaxing under the shade eating lunch or reading a book while listening to the sounds of the nearest jazz band or the parks piano player. Great for people watching and getting away from the hustle of the city.

  • Jacob Hovey

    - 16 July 2018 -

    Hands down the best park I have seen in my life. Everything about this park gets you into the NYC vibe. It is a bit of peace in the heart of hustle and bustle. I had an hour to kill during Christmas time here and I got a coffee from a vendor in the park and sat and watched the scene. Great experience in New York.

  • Brian Schwer

    - 04 July 2018 -

    One of my favorite free places to relax anytime of the year. Take a stroll around or sit and have a conversation, people watch, listen to people performing music, or just have something to eat or drink. Enjoy the fountain on a hot summer day to cool off or watch street performers when the water is shut off. There's public restrooms, a doggie play area, and food cart vendors.

  • Rachel Albanese

    - 25 June 2018 -

    A great, historical park. Complete with playgrounds, artistic play areas, two updated dog runs, plenty of benches and grassy areas, and accessible restrooms. The gorgeous arch entrance leads you straight into the large, majestic fountain at the head of the park, where you can often find numerous intriguing artists, musicians, and other talents showcasing their works.

  • Konstantin Burla

    - 25 June 2018 -

    Great for summer visits in the park. In the summer, there is a pianist that brings his grand piano and plays popular and classical music. And don't forget the arch and fountain. Popular places to take pictures. It's not a big park but there is ample seating and isn't too crowded.

  • Captain Panda

    - 19 June 2018 -

    One of my favorite places on the planet. You want people watching? It's right here. Street performers, musicians jamming, tourists, NYU students, crazy homeless types... they're all here. Plenty of nearby food carts. It's a place you can just sit and relax in for an hour. There's some brazenly open drug dealing here... as you walk into the park, people on either side of you whisper "smoke... smoke...", but nothing too high pressure.

  • Karen

    - 22 May 2018 -

    Gorgeous park with plenty of benches to sit down and just relax. There are tables that double as chessboards - diversity at its finest when you see two completely different people battle each other.

  • Jason Baughman-Oprică

    - 21 May 2018 -

    NYC’s oldest known tree, a 310+ year old Elm sits quietly and unmarked in the NW corner of the park. Check it out.

  • Athena Politou

    - 05 May 2018 -

    Hip young crowd, lively scene and these blooming florals! Head there on a sunny day for photographs and people-watching!

  • Joury Ibrahim

    - 22 April 2018 -

    LOVE this place; the artworks, street performers and the view of the area. There is always something going on here. NYU is around the corner so I think that is the secret of the liveliness around

  • Kathryn I

    - 11 April 2018 -

    Wear sunscreen! Also, check out films on the green for summer specials.

  • Thaddaeus Edwards

    - 10 April 2018 -

    Excellent views toward the Financial District and Midtown.

  • Nick El-Tawil

    - 22 March 2018 -

    If you’ve never gambled on street chess games at Washington Square Park, you’re missing out on life.

  • Neel Bhargava

    - 23 February 2018 -

    A place to feel the spirit of NYC

  • Jake Minster

    - 10 January 2018 -

    Pretty Park

  • Pelin Güvenç Kefel

    - 14 December 2017 -

    One of my favorite parks!

Washington Square Park tours

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Small-Group New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village

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