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Washington Square Park, New York City

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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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  • Not much happening here on a weekday afternoon in January, but that's why I liked it. I'm sure it becomes very busy in the hot summer. Found some geocaches and saw some iconic figures. 
  • It is a nice park to have some rest at. It's not a big one though but what makes it special is that iconic Arch which is a must see. 
  • It's not really a destination per se, but I think it's a great way to end a stroll in the West Village (which personally is one of my favorite areas of Manhattan). Grab a crepe from the crepe stand an...  more »
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  • Great atmosphere of the East Village community during the day! The fountain is running during the summer and the center of the park is always a gathering place for public art, music and other performance. There is a children only playscape in the northeast section and a dog park was recently added as well! With a decent size and a good amount of open grass space, this is a great place for social gathering with a high sense of New York City Community.
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  • 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.
  • By far a top on my list. Gorgeous park! On a hot steamy day stop the fountain ⛲ and dip your feet in and you will always please for some type performance. Dance, singing, someone posing as a statue pretty cool and even a little Jazz in the park