Easily recognizable by the Washington Square Arch overlooking the entrance to this layout, Washington Square Park is a park slightly deviating from the norm. This is due to the fact that the majority of this park is actually pavement, but there are several gardens and trees, as well as dog runs, play areas for children, and scenic paths for walkers and joggers alike to accommodate those looking for a typical, family-friendly park. Other staples of this park include benches and picnic tables, chess and Scrabble set-ups, and memorial statues and monuments. A large fountain is also prominent within Washington Square Park, making for a perfect photo op. This park provides several forms of entertainment for visitors, including yoga, dance, and Tai Chi classes open to the public for free. Another attraction is the “Crazy Piano Man,” a man named Colin Huggins who wheels a piano to Washington Square Park every morning to provide free (and genuinely beautiful) music to all park-goers. The statues scattered around this park include commemorative monuments dedicated to George Washington (who the park is designed to honor) and Giuseppe Garibaldi. This park is located in Greenwich Village (go to the intersection of 5th Ave and Waverly Place), in the vicinity of New York University, allowing for easy access for students. I would definitely recommend a visit to experience the entrancing music floating across the park (which is, in my opinion, the best aspect of this park) and to see the huge arch and fountain yourself, as pictures of Washington Square Park truly do not do it justice.
For more information: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washington-square-park