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Washington Square Park, New York City

Categories: Neighborhoods, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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You may recognize the famous Washington Square Arch from several movies and TV shows when you visit Washington Square Park. One of New York City's many recognizable landmarks, the park attracts locals as well as visitors. It has long been a gathering place for people of all stripes. Local artists frequently come here to show off their talents. Consider joining or watching a game of chess at one of the built-in tables, once frequented by Stanley Kubrick and Bobby Fischer. With designated play areas and a security camera system, the park is a fun and safe place. Use our New York City trip itinerary builder to visit Washington Square Park on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • And there were many people there soaking up the fall weather. What a great park. Love all the parks all over the city. 
  • The arch and fountain are beautiful. Lots of people enjoying themselves and some performers. At night there is a man who plays his grand piano under the arch. We only stayed for one song and enjoyed i...  read more »
  • Walked from our hotel at Hyatt Union Square down to the Square. Great place to people watch, listen to street musicians, and enjoy a sunny day. 
  • Beautiful park. There's always something going on in this area. There is a group of hip hop dancer/ acrobatic people which you can also find in Central Park, who always gather tourists to do performance (well, mostly just to gather money and do one stunt). I wish that group would leave, they perform too routinely and sort of disrupts the atmosphere of the park, performance is also getting pretty boring. Besides that, there are other performers who are more interesting to watch. The place is getting quite touristy, which is unfortunate, but I guess it's good for the businesses near by.
  • Informally the NYU campus, practically a small, peaceful respite in an otherwise cluttered section of the village. The park itself is pretty much tiny but, there is a lot here. The arch, and fountain are iconic, and the proximity to NYU buildings means a constant flux of young New Yorkers. There is ample seating, and small enclosures for lounging and relaxing. Often cited for prime people watching.
  • Great smaller Park that has a 'Central Park' feel. There are 2 dog parks. One for smaller dogs and one for bigger dogs. On the weekends you can find all kinds of activities going on. From musical groups performing to yoga classes. Located in the heart of New York University 'campus' and Greenwich Village this is a great place to people watch or just read a book. The water fountain and iconic arch transports you to a French inspired neighborhood. Great vibe, could have hung out all day.
  • Nice place to hang out, make an interesting nature-oriented photo session. Spring - Summer there are people playing instrumental music, the grand piano and others. This over the weekend, probably also the week, why not? I don't know about the Fall, but probably too. The water fountain make a nice place for the kids to have a good time.
  • Great park for all ages. Good stop and sit to have lunch or a snack on a beautiful sunny day. This park has lots of tourists from all walks of life, every where in the world. Great park for photos and videos. Overall awesome park for everyone.
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