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Washington Square Park

West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #53 of 629 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Activities: People-watching
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Owner description: 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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226 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

a good place to sit and relax. many people and performers here so it is a good place to people watch and see all walks of life. would recommend in the area. the large arch in the park is good for pictures. and plenty of room to troll around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If in the area, check out the park. Parks like this give you a truer feel about what a city is really about since you can see what average people do on a nice day.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to visit and just sit and relax its so quite you would never know you were in New York the view through the Washington Arch to see the Empire State Building is magical

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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86 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Washington Square Park is a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy a bit of quiet time. the fountain in the middle of the park is a great feature and a lot of locals also stop here for a bite to eat during the day. the Arch is also lovely, very similar to the arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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121 reviews 121 reviews
42 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

What a great little park to take a seat and enjoy the people watching. There are clean bathroom facilities in the middle of the park. I also like that there was a fenced in dog park in the park! Lot's of street performers doing there thing. Nice place to bring a lunch or enjoy a cup of coffee in the... More

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Porto, Portugal
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Many bands playing here and there, people acting small outside theater plays, breakdancers, etc. Visit on weekends, when most people visit the park, around lunch hour, and enjoy a picnic and some sun (weather allowing) before continuing your endless walks around town.

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Elk Grove, California
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71 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Whether by yourself, a couple or a family this is a great place to hang out. Street performers, musicians, maybe even a whole jazz band. Super clean, with a big fountain and the Washington Square Arch. Photo opportunity: Walk across the street at fifth avenue and turn around. You can get the Arch with the new World Trade Center building... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The origins of the Park date back to about 1850 when it changed from a military parade ground to it's present use. Now an ideal location for a relaxing start to the day, shared by a selection of general visitors, students attending the local university and chess players at the designated tables. Good, well maintained planting, with an abundant choice... More

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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Man if you like people watching, then this is somewhere you can spend an awful lot of time and never get bored. Everything goes here and there is always something going on. Dancing, music, parties even concerts can spring up at anytime. And then that beautiful arch that we have all seen so many times in film and TV is... More

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New York City, New York
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356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Another former marsh fed by an Indian brook, the area was “upgraded” in the late 18th Century when the city purchased some land and created a potter’s field and built the gallows for public hanging. After the establishment of the City Parks Department, the area was improved, some monuments were erected (like the one to Giuseppe Garibaldi) and a wooden... More

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