Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park
4.5
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A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large, central fountain, and known as a major center of community activity for the neighborhood residents.
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Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighborhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighborhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
How to get there
  • West 4th St – Washington Square • 4 min walk
  • 8th St – NYU • 6 min walk
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4.5
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fozjon
Jaipur, India1,818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
this place was busy on a day Tuesday afternoon. There was music, there were people getting high lots of people up to different things. There were food options. The place is iconic in lower Manhattan.
Written June 13, 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,921 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visited this park on our first trip to New York around 30 years ago. Recall it as a relaxing, friendly place
Nowadays - it's so tacky! Street vendors, drugs openly on sale, the acrid awful smell of pot-smoking fills the air.
And where have the permanent chess tables gone???
Not pleasant. Not worthy
Written June 12, 2024
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Anne W
Seattle, WA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Washington Square Park pulsates with NYC energy – street performers, artists, and friendly chaos. Despite the crowds, the park offers a charming green escape and a glimpse into the city's history.
Written June 7, 2024
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Louis C
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Such a great park, this is a small park in the city. Full of vibrant people selling items and street performers, yet no one was over bearing trying to sell you something
Written June 5, 2024
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,542 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Great place to sit down and enjoy the local atmosphere. Located in Greenwich Village, it epitomizes Manhattan. Diverse and occasionally loud, the fantastic people watching is set in a seemingly safe space (on a Tuesday afternoon). Arch is beautiful, as was the Washington Square fountain.

No food/bev available for purchase, but plenty of free benches.
Written June 4, 2024
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lasvegasbonbon
Las Vegas, NV66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A busy Saturday in the park - street performers, people, etc. It is a must with the fountain and the arch - took a couple pictures and moved on.
Written June 2, 2024
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Berti H
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Going there during the day for a few photos could be okay but be aware that the area is a bit sketchy. We did not expect this, since there are a lot of positive reviews, but immediately after getting off the subway I had a bad feeling about it. We went to the arch to take a few pics and left as soon as possible because we didn’t feel safe. Massive amount of homeless people in the park. The whole area smelled awful. We didn’t even go inside the park as we saw from the outside that it’s a place we don’t want to go through. Next time we’ll make a more thorough research before visiting any place if the city. Quite a shame, I imagine it could be nice if they did something with all the sketchy people around there.
Written May 9, 2024
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soinic
Lux.2,515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great impressive arch (reminded me of the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris 😉), also a nice fountain ....

We went there in the morning and were bystanders at a special "show" ! Plenty of NYU students had graduation "photo shootings" and were nicely dressed up for this happening 🌞, very cute.

Busy with plenty of tourists, but also local people enjoy this little green oasis.

A lot of benches, but many were dirty/bird poop .... the whole park smelled of weed, which is allowed to be smoked in NYC (I noticed that many tourists aren't aware of this policy and were kind of apprehensive/thought they were visiting a "dangerous drug dealers park" 🤣 ).

Don't miss this place 🤗
Written May 8, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful as always. Washington Square Park is a great park to relax in, walk through, ride your bike through, or to just see the arch. I highly recommend.
Written March 15, 2024
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Karine R
Gaithersburg, MD5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed the park. It's pretty, but I enjoyed the people who make going there an interesting group.
Written October 14, 2023
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