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Washington Square Park Tours

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Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is a bona fide New York City gem filled with leafy, bench-lined walkways, a stone-rimmed fountain, and a miniature Arc de Triomphe. The Greenwich Village park is surrounded by New York University’s historical buildings, and draws students, local denizens, tourists, and street performers to its vibrant urban space.

The Basics
On pleasant days, Washington Square Park is a microcosm of the city itself. You’ll find all flavors of folks reading, sunbathing, lunching, people-watching, or playing chess. In the heart of Greenwich Village, the park reflects the neighborhood’s bohemian vibe and is within staggering distance of ethnic restaurants and late-night music venues. 

Visit the park on your own or with a Village walking tour, food tour, or hop-on hop-off bus tour. Occult fans will love Village ghost tours, which often stop in Washington Square Park en route to other haunted sites.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Washington Square Park is ideal for anyone looking for a genuine taste of Village life, or just a nice spot to rest sightseeing-weary feet or enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Because of its central location between the East and West Village, the park is a convenient stop when touring downtown Manhattan.
  • Chess enthusiasts can play a game with a local at one of the park’s chess tables. 
  • The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There
Washington Square Park is located at Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place, bordered by University and Macdougal streets. Via subway, take the A, B, C, D, E, or F train to the West 4 St–Washington Sq station; or the N, R, or W train to 8th Street. You can also take the M55 bus, which runs uptown on nearby Sixth Avenue and down Fifth Avenue. 

When to Get There
The park is open from sunrise to 1am, and is busiest on weekends during the day. Aim to arrive in spring, summer, or autumn, when weather is pleasant; winter in New York is often cold and windy, though still atmospheric. To avoid crowds, arrive mid-day, during the week, or enjoy an evening stroll after dinner.

What’s on in Greenwich Village
Just south of Washington Square Park are numerous restaurants, bars, and vintage shops vying for your attention. Take a stroll down Macdougal, Sullivan, and Thompson streets to discover some of the city’s best ethnic food, comedy clubs—such as the Comedy Cellar—and world-renowned jazz bars, including the Blue Note. If you plan to see jazz, make sure to arrive on the early side, as the clubs fill quickly.
Address: Fifth Avenue, bordered by Waverly Place, University Place, West 4th Street, MacDougal Street, New York City, NY, USA, USA
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New York City at Night Bus TourHalf-day Tours

New York City at Night Bus Tour

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Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take a short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
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Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking Tour

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Artists have always called New York City’s Greenwich Village home. Learn about the artists of this area from past and present during this Greenwich Village walking tour. Perfect for new and seasoned visitors to NYC, hear little-known facts about Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and countless others, that you wouldn’t hear if exploring independently. Walk the winding streets and visit Washington Square Park, reliving more than 200 years of history.
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 New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich VillageHistorical Tours

New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village

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Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beautiful and most haunted neighborhoods, but just strolling through alone you’d miss out on all the spooky historical facts. This Greenwich Village ghost tour is led by a guide who tells chilling stories of celebrity ghosts, lost children, phantoms, and more as you stroll through Washington Square Park, the New York University campus, and West 10th Street.
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Greenwich Village Walking and Food Tasting TourHalf-day Tours

Greenwich Village Walking and Food Tasting Tour

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Absorb New York City’s food culture on a walking tour of Greenwich Village. Skip hours of research and trust your guide as you head to the area’s top-rated eateries to sample a variety of New York specialities, from pizza to artisanal cupcakes. Along the way, your guide points out hidden landmarks often missed by visitors and locals alike, leaving you with inside knowledge about the neighborhood.
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New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour OptionHalf-day Tours

New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

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New York City has been known for its yummy food for centuries, but if you don’t know Greenwich Village well, you might pass up some of the city’s most delicious dishes. This New York secret food tour lets you sample a mix of doughnuts, New York-style pizza, cupcakes, bagels, and more, so you can get a taste for the rich history of this historic NYC area.
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Greenwich Village Small-Group Walking TourCultural Tours

Greenwich Village Small-Group Walking Tour

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Delve below the surface of one of Manhattan's most popular neighborhoods during this in-depth walking tour of Greenwich Village. See the place artists, writers and radicals called home and learn about the impact this corner of NYC made on music, pop culture, literature and politics. Your guide will share how Greenwich Village became the proving ground for workers rights, gay and civil rights, and more.
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Greenwich Village Small-Group Haunted Ghost Tour, in NYCCultural Tours

Greenwich Village Small-Group Haunted Ghost Tour, in NYC

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Take a walk through the dark side of NYC history on a ghost tour through Greenwich Village, one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods. Join your small group of fellow travelers to enjoy your guide's rarely-heard stories, stroll through the village, and visit haunted locations that often go unnoticed by visitors and locals alike. Highlights include stops at Washington Square Park, Hangman's Elm, and the Emma Lazarus House.
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Greenwich Village Food and Walking Tasting TourWalking Tours

Greenwich Village Food and Walking Tasting Tour

Take a fully guided walking tour of Greenwich Village and visit New York City’s fun foods . Head to the Village most popular eateries to sample a variety of NY must have's, from the crazy colors of the mini cupcakes or the cheesy slice of pizza to a hot falafel ball next to Washington Square Park. Learn about the history and the landmarks of the Village. We suggest to join us hungry...
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One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building TicketsHalf-day Tours

One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building Tickets

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If you're only in New York for a short time, tick off multiple Big Apple highlights in a matter of hours on a small-group walking tour. Venture to Wall Street, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and ascend the world-famous Empire State Building. Continue to Chinatown and Little Italy, hop the subway to Greenwich Village (own expense), journey up to Grand Central Terminal, see the Chrysler Building, and Times Square.
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Greenwich Village Private Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Greenwich Village Private Walking Tour

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Take your own group on a private walking tour of Greenwich Village, one of New York City's most famous neighborhoods. Your own private guide shares stories about the colorful history, landmarks, and people of The Village as you stroll around the small streets. See landmarks like Washington Square Park, Stonewall Inn, and Bleeker Street, and hear about the Beat movement, hippies, and musicians that lived and worked nearby.
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Greenwich Village Tour

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This tour offers the best of Greenwich Village, one of NYC most historic neighborhoods. We will take you UP CLOSE through the neighborhood while telling you some of the most amazing stories we've collected along the way. Points of interest on this tour are: * Washington Square Park and Monument. * Joe's Pizza. * Cafe Society. * Cafe Wha. * Friend's Apartment Building. * The Stonewall Inn. * And much much more...
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NYC Greenwich Village Ghost TourWalking Tours

NYC Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

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If you're looking for a spooky tour with a literary twist, don't miss this guided walking tour through New York's Greenwich Village. Join your guide to get the inside scoop on writer Edgar Allan Poe, uncover the ghostly presences in a neighborhood park, and look out for the spirit of the late first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Along the way, enjoy the sights and sounds of the village, and walk away with a better understanding of the haunted history of NYC.
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Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New York City with tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus that visits downtown’s most important sites. Explore the city at your own pace, with time to stroll the grass at Central Park and join the crowd at Times Square, climb to the top of the Empire State Building or browse downtown shops. Choose the stops that interest you most, or simply enjoy the view and recorded narration as you wind through Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village and all of downtown Manhattan’s most exciting neighborhoods.
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Private Highlights Tour of New York (Half Day)

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Become a New York VIP for the day during this half-day sightseeing tour, including a private guide and a chauffeur-driven vehicle. Explore the Big Apple by car and on foot as you visit attractions such as the Broadway Theater District, the stores of 5th Avenue, Central Park, the West Village, Wall Street, and much more.
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Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and High Line Private Walking Tour

Get to know Greenwich Village and the High Line Park in Chelsea, as you explore this vibrant part of Manhattan with a private guide. On this relaxed walking tour, stroll through some of the borough's most distinctive neighborhoods. Your guide gives you a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and public art of the area.
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Greenwich Village Walking Tour

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Discover the people, cultures, and arts of Greenwich Village on a walking tour that takes you through 400 years of New York City's history. Led by a native New Yorker, wend your way slowly through the winding village streets, and discover the hangouts of artists, writers, and gangsters throughout Greenwich Village. Your guide may customize the tour based on your interests.
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NYC Cupcake Bakery Crawl of the VillageWalking Tours

NYC Cupcake Bakery Crawl of the Village

What is a Cupcake? Learn as we visit some of the best small bakeshops in NYC that New Yorker look for. We will take you to hidden secret bakeries starting in the West Village & continuing to the East Village as we search, during Bakery crawl for the best the city has. From the mini classic butter cream cupcake to Red Velvet cream cheese cupcake to the local bakeries with new flavor released daily. Let's go and find your favorite Cupcake. This Bakery Crawl will take 90 minutes & we will walk about 1.5 miles & visit the local bakeries plus taste some of the most desired cupcakes New Yorkers Rave about. Let's not forget the art & music we will experience as we crawl to the next bakery through the famous Washington Square Park & the street's of the Village. Our guest will leave with a a newly discovered love for New York's Bakeries & the Village. We will have opportunities to look and shop at the bakeries to take home so goodies. Please remember to bring a bottle of water with you.
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Private Tour of New York by Foot and Subway (Full Day)

Discover New York City with a private guide on a full-day tour that explores the glitz and grit of Manhattan. Ride the subway and walk through distinctive neighborhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side. See Times Square, Wall Street, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, the World Trade Center, Central Park, and more on this comprehensive city tour.
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Private New York: LGBTQ History and Culture of Greenwich VillageHalf-day Tours

Private New York: LGBTQ History and Culture of Greenwich Village

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Uncover the history of NYC’s LGBTQ community during this walking tour of Greenwich Village. Pause at historical sites that might be tricky to find yourself, such as the city's oldest gay bar, a cafe where Broadway stars visit to sing, and the Stonewall Inn—where the gay civil rights movement began in 1969. Plus, on route, get an insider perspective on Manhattan’s LGBTQ culture that you might never gain otherwise.
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NYC International Sandwich TourWalking Tours

NYC International Sandwich Tour

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Chart New York City's immigration history through its sandwiches on this culinary walking tour. Join a group of other foodies and a food-loving guide for a stroll through SoHo and Greenwich Village, stopping to sample four varieties of ethnically diverse sandwiches at neighborhood eateries. You'll be introduced to some hidden gems, hear tales on NYC’s cultural mix, and chowdown on sandwich treats that you’d likely never experience on your own.
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Greenwich Village Private Food Walking TourWalking Tours

Greenwich Village Private Food Walking Tour

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Experience the many flavors of New York’s Greenwich Village, past and present, during this private food tour of the area’s numerous foodie hotspots. Sample a mix of diverse cuisines covering ethnic eats, specialty cheese shops, intimate neighborhood restaurants, trendy hotspots, and award-winning pizzerias. All food is purchased separately, allowing you to pick your favorites.
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Private Greenwich Village TourPrivate and Luxury

Private Greenwich Village Tour

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Uncover the stories and secrets of New York City’s famous bohemian heart on this private, 2-hour walking tour of Greenwich Village. See the cafes that launched the careers of groundbreaking artists and musicians, and trace 20th-century history at the site of events that sparked civil and workers’ rights movements. Get tips on where to find the best pizza and cappuccino in the city, and spot recognizable pop culture landmarks like the ‘Friends’ apartment.
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Greenwich Village Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

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Greenwich Village was the epicenter of the ‘50s Beat movement and the ‘60s folk revival. Explore alone and risk missing out on the little-known facts and anecdotes associated with this storied NYC neighborhood. With this tour, go with a guide who shows you all the significant venues, homes, and sights, as well as recounting the history behind them.
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Bohemian Culture Walk of Greenwich VillageCultural Tours

Bohemian Culture Walk of Greenwich Village

From poets and folk musicians to world-renowned artists, Greenwich Village is a must-visit neighborhood for travelers curious about New York's countercultural history. On this village walking tour, uncover everything from architecture to the arts, and discuss famous neighborhood denizens, including beatniks, feminists, and LGBTQ activists. Along the way, your guide offers up some telling neighborhood stories, and even recites poems written by famous locals.
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