Washington Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

1. Washington Square Park

9.5
W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl), New York, NY
Park · Greenwich Village · 707 tips and reviews

Camara L.Camara Lewis: The people watching here is the best!

Andrea H.Andrea Hong: Love everything about this place because it's just perfectly New York. Sit around the fountain, people watch some crazies, and enjoy an impromptu show by whatever talented musicians happen to hang by.

Gabriel H.Gabriel Hayes: Great place to hang on a good weather day. Can read, picnic, study, relax, sun bathe or people watch.

Union Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

2. Union Square Park

9.0
Union Sq E/W & Broadway (btwn E 14th & E 17th St), New York, NY
Park · Union Square · 567 tips and reviews

M. K.M. K.: Beautiful place to people watch and catch up with friends. NYC Classic.

Darren W.Darren Wong: One of the best people watching places in the city

Daniel K.Daniel Karran: A New York staple filled with all different types of New Yorkers! Stop here to enjoy items from the farmer's market. Always busy but always fun! A good place to people watch or enjoy a cup of coffee

Bryant Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

3. Bryant Park

9.4
W 42nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Park · Midtown East · 1228 tips and reviews

Monica B.Monica Bloom: summer movies, winter iceskating, great place to hang out during the day and people watch

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: A mecca of fun things to do – outdoor films, ping pong and yoga in the summer, ice skating in the winter and great people watching all year round.

Kelsey L.Kelsey Lee: The best place to people watch while playing ping pig and enjoying a nice snack from 'witchcraft. Can't wait for spring!

Bethesda Fountain is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

4. Bethesda Fountain

9.5
Terrace Dr (Central Park), New York, NY
Fountain · Central Park · 122 tips and reviews

Jenny S.Jenny S.: Great place for photo ops and people watching :)

Lafayette 148 New YorkLafayette 148 New York: Bridal parties getting their photos taken, outdoor fitness bootcamps and street performers all gather in one place – it’s one of our favorite places to people watch.

jamiejamie: Great for people watching and listening to street performers.

Sheep Meadow is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

5. Sheep Meadow

9.3
W 67th St (btwn West & East Dr), New York, NY
Picnic Area · Central Park · 159 tips and reviews

Eric M.Eric Mirkin: Bring beer, enjoy people watching, throw the ol' ball around

Matt D.Matt Dunlap: Best place to lounge out on a blanket & people watch in the park. No tourists here. Read more.

CollegeCandyCollegeCandy: The BEST for people watching during the summer. Go to Whole Foods first in Columbus Circle and pick up a picnic.

Madison Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

6. Madison Square Park

9.4
Madison Ave (btwn E 23rd & E 26th St), New York, NY
Park · NoMad · 483 tips and reviews

Humayun R.Humayun Rashid: Make sure to sit by the fountain. Best place to people watch!

chrissy s.chrissy spaziano: Lovely during the summer to walk through and people watch.

SheenaSheena: Great park for people watching, lunch sitting, and enjoying some greenery.

Central Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

7. Central Park

9.7
59th to 110th St (btwn 5th Ave & Central Park W), New York, NY
Park · Central Park · 1842 tips and reviews

Brad H.Brad Hager: Great to experience as often as you can. So much to do and see. Great music, people watching, and walking in nature. Be sure to do a carriage ride, very relaxing, educational & scenic.

David M.David Milberg: Bring my bike here occasionally on nice days. Great exercise, breathtaking views and a great place to people watch.

Liana F.Liana Fong: It's freaking massive and beautiful and green! Can spend all day walking, sitting, picnicking, people watching, and wandering aimlessly

Times Square is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

8. Times Square

8.4
Broadway & 7th Ave (btwn W 42nd & 47th St), New York, NY
Plaza · Theater District · 2359 tips and reviews

David S.David Sequeira: Great place to people watch.

Emily R.Emily Ryan: With the newly added tables and chairs, grab a coffee and people watch (or tourist watch)...a must do for your 1st time in NYC. You should also see it once at night.

Carina M.Carina Murillo: Great place to people watch.

Grand Central Terminal is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

9. Grand Central Terminal

8.9
87 E 42nd St (btwn Vanderbilt & Park Ave), New York, NY
Rail Station · Midtown East · 1465 tips and reviews

David L.David Lopez: Best place to just people watch.

Allan S.Allan S: An amazing place to people watch. all spots r good.

Réjane T.Réjane T: Great architecture, food and snack selection, and people watching. I could live here.

Tompkins Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

10. Tompkins Square Park

8.7
E 7th St to E 10th St (btwn Ave A & B), New York, NY
Park · East Village · 160 tips and reviews

M K.M K: Tompkins is a great EV park. It's definitely one of my favorite people watching locations, with passersby embodying many EV idiosyncrasies.

Miguel d.Miguel de Leon: Dog runs, people watching, and good coffee -- what's not to like?

Olivia F.Olivia Fabbro: Nice park, good people watching

Ground Support is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

11. Ground Support

8.6
399 W Broadway (btwn Spring & Broome St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · SoHo · 507 tips and reviews

Mike A.Mike Anz: Great place to sit inside or outside and relax with great coffee and people watch.

Chet M.Chet Mancini: Grab a bench and people watch over some of the best espresso in SoHo. Free wifi (password is on a wood block on the counter).

Sumeet S.Sumeet Shah: Come for the fantastic coffee, stay to work (Wifi!), eat (50% off food after 5 PM), or chill (best people watching spot in Soho).

Columbus Circle is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

12. Columbus Circle

8.7
4-6 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Plaza · Lincoln Square · 233 tips and reviews

Adam W.Adam Weiss: Great place to sit and people watch!

Mi A.Mi Ane: Have breakfast with a friend early in the morning, sit back, and people watch.

Mike H.Mike Hopkins: A great spot for people watching and street performers

Washington Square Fountain is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

13. Washington Square Fountain

8.5
Washington Square Park, New York, NY
Fountain · Greenwich Village · 31 tips and reviews

James J.James J: Sit and people watch. Pretend you're at the beginning of When Harry Met Sally.

Ron J.Ron Ja: Amazing place to people watch and enjoy live music

John B.John Brian: My favorite park in New York City. Great for people watching... It's full of characters.

High Line is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

14. High Line

9.4
btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St (btwn 10th & 12th Ave), New York, NY
Park · Chelsea · 1499 tips and reviews

Bethany L.Bethany Larson: What a surprising place! Views, plants, old and new. This is a great place for a walk, for reading or sketching, for people watching, and it is in Chelsea/Greenwich Village area.

DanielDaniel: Excellent for people watching.

Jenn S.Jenn Schwartz: Best people watching.

Washington Square Arch is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

15. Washington Square Arch

9.0
Washington Sq N, New York, NY
Monument · Greenwich Village · 46 tips and reviews

JENGAJENGA: Great spot to sit down, people watch and play JENGA!

PatrickPatrick: Great people watching and performers with cool views of Empire State Building and One World Trade

jireselljiresell: I love hanging out here and people watching. One of the best spots in the city!