Top 5 Tips for Visiting Union Square Park
1. Catch the train
Union Square Park is easy to reach via public transit, since it's located right on top of the 14th Street/Union Square subway station—a major stop that services eight different train lines.
2. Stock up on picnic provisions
Four days a week (M, W, F, Sa), the Union Square Greenmarket draws hungry crowds to the park with vendor stalls brimming with fresh produce and artisan food products.
3. Bring the kids
The park boasts not one but two playgrounds—a rarity in New York City. Dogs can also cut loose at a dog run on the west side.
4. Get festive
During winter, get into the holiday spirit and shop for handmade gifts at Union Square’s European-style holiday market, held weekends from late November through Christmas Eve.
5. Stop by the Strand
Head two blocks south to visit the historic Strand bookstore at the corner of East 12 Street. Inside you’ll find endless stacks of new and used books, plus literary souvenirs that make for great gifts.