Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park showing a garden

Washington Square Park

In a city with many pretty parks, this is one of the most beautiful. You may recognize its iconic arch and fountain from a movie or postcard.

The best way to enter Washington Square Park is from the north, on 5th Avenue. As you pass high-end medical offices and views of the Empire State Building, you will emerge by the enormous archway and memorial that rises well above the rest of the park. Proceed under the arch and walk to the center of the park for another of its highlights. Here, you will find an enormous fountain that was once a popular hangout for bohemians, academics and artists.

Built in 1871, the park is named after the Washington Square Arch, a memorial erected to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as president of the United States. Take a walk around all the beautiful gardens enclosed in this area.

On the western side of the park, play a game of chess for money. The men who play here are skilled, so be careful if you have not studied chess before. For the seasoned player there are enough opponents to fill multiple afternoons. In the past, they included director Stanley Kubrick, who made money by playing matches here.

Sit for an impromptu concert. Buskers come to the park with accordions, guitars and even baby grand pianos to play a wide variety of genres of music. Some are highly skilled and sell their music on CDs.

Washington Square Park is located in Greenwich Village. The West Village is only two blocks to the west and the Bowery is only two to the east. While the park has undergone major restorations and is much safer than it has ever been, it is still best to visit during the day. Though the center is usually lit and crowded later in the day, avoid walking alone through the western side of the park at night.

While you’re in the Washington Square Park area, visit the IFC Center on 6th Avenue, and see an independent film. Enjoy a walk in this cluster of New York City’s most charming and distinctly European neighborhoods. Linger for a while in an antique book shop and sit down for an afternoon cappuccino.

Top 10 Hotels Near Washington Square Park

Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$240 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,831 reviews)
"We didn’t request a handicap bathroom, my daughter didn’t want to shower with out a shower curtain not very comfortable that aspect"

Reviewed on 13 May,2022

Hotel Edison Times Square
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
4 out of 5
215 Chrystie St, New York, NY, 10002
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$530 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 6 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,353 reviews)
"Interior Design."

Reviewed on 14 May,2022

PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$311 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
3.5/5 Good! (6,159 reviews)
"Great location, quiet rooms, clean"

Reviewed on 16 May,2022

Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Washington Square Park Hotel Deals

Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$240 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Hotel Edison Times Square
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
4 out of 5
215 Chrystie St, New York, NY, 10002
The price is S$530 per night from 30 May to 31 May
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$311 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Stewart Hotel
Stewart Hotel
4 out of 5
371 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10001
The price is S$275 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stewart Hotel
Arlo Midtown
Arlo Midtown
4 out of 5
351 West 38th Street, New York, NY, 10018
The price is S$379 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Arlo Midtown
The Marlton Hotel
The Marlton Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5 W 8th St, New York, NY, 10011
The price is S$435 per night from 30 May to 31 May
The Marlton Hotel
Washington Square Hotel
Washington Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
103 Waverly Pl, New York, NY, 10011
The price is S$527 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Washington Square Hotel
SoHo 54 Hotel
SoHo 54 Hotel
3 out of 5
54 Watts St, New York, NY, 10013
The price is S$259 per night from 30 May to 31 May
SoHo 54 Hotel
Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$261 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Row NYC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.