Washington Square Park, Lower Manhattan

Washington Square Park, Lower Manhattan: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for local tips and recommendations on what else to see and do during your visit to New York City.

Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

2. Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

Rediscover the charm of Manhattan on a private tour with a savvy local host. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there, as we all know the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it from a local's perspective. Travel through the best parts of Central Park, where New Yorkers go jogging and cycling. Go for a stroll downtown, stopping along the way at the best cafes loved by real New Yorkers.  Or allow your local host to lead you towards the charming, old-style covered market in Greenwich Village, stopping to see the High Line. There are so many possibilities for your customized itinerary. After booking, you will be contacted about your preferences and interests. A like-minded New Yorker who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be assigned to you as your local host.  Based on the things that you would like to see and do, a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. During the tour, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a different sight or experience, they will suggest it to you. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you. Let your private local host show you the New York you will love.

New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

4. Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Explore the darker side of Greenwich Village on a ghost tour after dark. Learn about the infamous Hanging Tree as you walk into the heart of Washington Square Park and see the arch while listening to spine-chilling stories from your local guide. Next, make your way over to the Brown Building, site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where the victims still linger to this day. Walk up 5th Avenue and stop past the Church of the Ascension, haunted by the artist John Lafarge. See the most haunted house in Manhattan at 14 West 10th Street, home to 22 spirits and the site of several murders. Head into the heart of the West Village, pass the home of Emma Lazarus and one of the most beautiful libraries in New York City.  Hear about the ghost of a former mayor at 12 Gay Street, and pass the famous Stonewall Inn where the riots that led to the birth of gay rights began. Cross Christopher Street to visit the infamous speakeasy of Chumley's.

New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

5. New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

Explore New York’s most bohemian neighborhood on a 2-hour tour of Greenwich Village, and discover its reputation as a magnet for intellectuals, artists, and beat poets. Meet your guide on the corner of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue and set off in the footsteps of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about artists, such as Jackson Pollack, who gave the neighborhood its freewheeling identity. Hear stories of radical thinkers like Upton Sinclair and John Reed, who debated in smoky cafés. Feel the energy of “the Village” as you stroll from Washington Square Park to the haunts and hideaways of Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Bruce. Savor stories of how the Beat Generation flourished here, and uncover some of New York's rarest sights - including the smallest piece of private property in the city! Along the way, you will go to Jones Street, where Bob Dylan's album cover “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” was shot, see the 1st integrated NYC club at the Cafe Society, learn about the birth of gay rights at the Stonewall Inn, and see the apartment building used in “Friends.” Admire the oldest wood frame house in the village, and finish your tour at 77 Bedford Street, former home of Issac Hendricks, and the Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest continuously running off Broadway theater in New York.

Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

6. Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

Learn about the history of cupcakes as you visit some of the best small bakeshops in New York City. Your host will take you to secret bakeries as you search for the best the city has to offer. From the mini classic buttercream cupcake to the red velvet cream-cheese cupcake, you will discover a range of eclectic flavors baked daily. You'll visit local bakeries and taste some of the most desired cupcakes the locals are raving about. At the same time, discover local street art and music as you stroll around the West Village. You will have the opportunity to shop at the bakeries to take some delicious goodies home to share. Depart from this experience with a newly-discovered love for New York's bakeries.

Greenwich Village Tour

7. Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

8. Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

Take a nighttime bus tour of New York and see how the city comes alive after dark. Sit back and relax on the bus as your accompanying guide provides you with facts and interesting stories about the famous landmarks you’ll pass. Enjoy nighttime views of famous places that may include Times Square, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, Little Italy, and the Brooklyn Bridge, depending on the option selected. Feel the ambiance of the metropolis known as The City That Never Sleeps.

New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

9. New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

New York City is known for its hustle and bustle, and has been the living space for many of America’s most historically significant people. With every step you take in this concrete jungle, there’s a good chance you’re coming across something that has a story to it that you’ve never heard before. Throughout this dense city filled with generations of historic events, there’s one area with a real reputation for paranormal activity: Greenwich Village. Come explore a side of Greenwich Village that many people have never known about. The town has been inundated with a history that is fascinating, tragic, and strange. Embark on a life-changing experience and explore a side of New York that few are brave enough to see. Throughout the tour you will visit 9 haunted locations in and around Greenwich Village whilst seeing historical places that are home to some of the strangest tales you’ve ever heard. You'll encounter the Jefferson Market Library, where architectural curiosity catches the eye due to its unique tower. If you look closer however you’ll see a dark past, as this building once served as a prison for Manhattan’s female criminals, and was also the first night court. Following that you will visit the site of the Triangle Factory Fire, a tragic event which led to the death of nearly 150 people. You'll conclude by visiting the Mark Twain House and a haunted restaurant, where ghosts from 200 years ago have been seen consistently since 1910. Whilst at the Mark Twain House you can see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous author walking about in a white suit, which many witnesses claim to have seen.

New York City: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

10. New York City: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

Pedal off from beneath the Manhattan Bridge and follow the East River Esplanade towards Southport Seaport. Learn the history of the shipping industry before going to Battery Park to get stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cycle the Hudson River Greenway to arrive at Riverside Park. Next, explore the Upper West Side and grab a bite to eat in the Time Warner Building or from one of the many street vendors during a 30-minute food stop. Cycle the 6-mile loop of Central Park to experience the attraction the best way possible, and take a quick ride through Midtown Manhattan towards Times Square and the Empire State Building. Stop at Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. Head into the West Village to visit Washington Square Park. Ride through the East Village and into SoHo before going through Little Italy and China Town. Reach the East Side of Manhattan and get beautiful views of Long Island before the tour ends!

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What people are saying about Washington Square Park, Lower Manhattan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 295 reviews

Or guide Gordon was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and really fun to talk to and walk around Greenwich Village with! We will definitely do another tour next time we are in town Hopefully with Gordon!

Lydian was extremely engaging and enthusiastic about their tour. They made the experience very fun and sets a high standard for their practice.

Our guide Tom was so informative and interesting Loved the Tour !! Hope to do more in the Future

Pleasant stroll within great historical neighborhood. Lots of facts to round out the legends.

This was a fun and interesting tour. Luke did a great job!