We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Washington Square Park

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: People-watching
Description: A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large...
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$49*
and up
Family Greenwich Village Tour
More Info
$35*
and up
Ghosts of New York Walking Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,029 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 555
    Excellent
  • 380
    Very good
  • 85
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Great park full of great live music, chess and playgrounds for both children and dogs.

Here you can relax with take away coffee while listening to some great live music. We spent almost every afternoon in this park during our stay in NYC (10 days).

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Maria S
,
Lidingo, Sweden

Similar Things to Do in New York City

Add Photo Write a Review

1,029 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Lidingo, Sweden
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Here you can relax with take away coffee while listening to some great live music. We spent almost every afternoon in this park during our stay in NYC (10 days).

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have always considered Washington Square Park the "Cross-roads of the World"...here is where East (side) meets West (side), where the elegant and exclusive Fifth Avenue meets the Bohemian West Village. Where locals meet tourist and visitors, some who come for the curiosity and some who come for the fun. So quintessential New York.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Liked the vibe around the park on a Saturday evening when we visited nice location in a nice part of town

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
388 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a fun park for people watching. It's small (no Central Park) but has a mini replica based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at the entrance (where Sally drops of Harry in the movie). In the center of the NYU campus so usually has a lot of college students and street performers. Great place to bring a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Bring your lunch and just people and dog watch. Lots of characters to watch. Great DOGGY PARK and a Wonderful KIDS Playground . BTW ...SAFE/SAFE

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ireland
Level Contributor
50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Genuine New York icon. You can almost feel this history as you walk around. Also fantastic because during the warmer months people hang out here, and there's music. All in all, wonderful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
114 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This park is a real gem in the middle of many other gems, notably the historic buildings and unique stores around Fifth Avenue and 8th street. It was busy while we visited, but then so is everywhere in NYC which is why we go there! We took a picnic lunch along and enjoyed watching the world go by.

Was this review helpful? Yes
scotland
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If New York is the center of the universe then WSP is the centre of New York - for locals- (the center for tourists being Times Square) we sat in the park for hours, people watching at its very best. It's safe and clean and great free entertainment.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My son plays chess at a good standard and wanted to play the chess hustlers who can be found in one corner of Washington Square Park. The park was filled with musicians, street entertainers, students from NYU and families. The hustlers charge $5 for a blitz (5 minutes each) game regardless of result. Overall a great place to go if... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A lively place filled with tourists, locals and students from NYU. You'll hear music of all sorts, be entertained by performers and get a sense of the old Greenwich Village. A great place to take kids of all ages plus 2 playgrounds. Walk around the recently renovated paths and walk the perimeter to see the stately town houses on the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Washington Square Park also viewed

 

Been to Washington Square Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Washington Square Park and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Washington Square Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Greenwich Village

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood