Washington Square Park, New York City

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Park · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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. Arrange your visit to Washington Square Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in New York City using our New York City planning tool.
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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
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  • Awesome place to spend some time. You can see a bit of everything here. Local artists, lovers, dogs, and lots of other people. Plenty of spots to sit. Wonderful to spend time here!  more »
  • There's an amazing new self-guided audio walking tour app called TellBetter with an awesome tour of Greenwich Village starting from Washington Square Park. Has sound effects and music. You'll feel.....  more »
  • The park itself is pretty good. Nice green space and normally full of activities of some sort. The main reason for 5 stars is because this area is one of my favorites. NYU is here and that means affordable and tasty dining, eclectic activities and the area is not focused on tourists but the locals. If you want to see real NYC, then this is a good starting point. The archway and fountains are really nice, and the park is well maintained with lovely greenery. Great place to pass the time and close to lots of coffee shops.
  • Evening on the weekend and an impromptu dance party broke out. Everyone was happily strolling through the park from dinner or wherever they came from and joined a musician for a dance party. A melting pot of diverse groups, backgrounds, ages, affiliations, music tastes, all bonding over music in an open public space. Community in NYC, it was lovely to experience and it was free!

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