Visit The High Line in Manhattan’s West Side with Kids

We visited the High Line a couple of weeks ago while my sister was visiting from Ottawa. It is such an amazing space, and we all agreed that other urban cities could take a leaf from their book for how to rejuvenate defunct industrial space and turn it into a neighborhood meeting space.

The High Line is an overhead green space built on a historic freight line. It stretches over Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and Chelsea. So not only is their loads of beautiful green grass and flowers growing amongst these old rail lines, but you also get these fantastic view out over the Hudson River and to the East over Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. It feels so peaceful high above all the chaos of the city.

You can bring a picnic, grab food from Chelsea Market before heading up, or buy food and drinks along the High Line as you walk. Their are giant sized benches and cafe style table and chairs that you can park up on and take in the views.

Our favorite part was the little stream-like areas, perfect for soaking weary hot feet on these mega hot days.

Their are several ways to access these communal space in the sky on various subways and bus routes and at least 4 entrances have elevator access, making it a breeze to get strollers on the path. You can check out the High Line map on the official website.

It is one of those areas you just have to see to fully appreciate. Their rail lines are there, you just have to look. But what is really impressive is the sprawling lawns, beautiful perennials and artwork and music at every turn.

Pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, a blanket for sitting on and you’re set. Be prepared to turn off from the chaos of the city and just ramble around this awesome space.

High Line greeters are stationed at different areas with maps and more information about the area as well as a calendar of events, including kid-friendly events like Lawn time for little ones every Thursday.

Though donations are welcome to help with maintenance, the High Line is one of your best bets for free family fun in New York city.

Top photo info: Commissioned by High Line Art, artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari present the fourth work in a series for HIGH LINE BILLBOARD, the 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue.


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13 Responses to Visit The High Line in Manhattan’s West Side with Kids
  1. Lindsey G.
    July 2, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    Looks like a really neat, family friendly place to explore in the Big City! I love when places are re-purposed like this.
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  2. LaVonne
    Twitter: longwait4bella
    July 2, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    it is fun when family comes to town to visit. You get to see all the local stuff you normally don’t do. Thanks for sharing. I love that pic of your son – he looks so like he is thinking, “come on mom, take the photo!”

    Enjoy the holiday week!
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    • Ghada V
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      July 2, 2012 | 3:19 pm

      yep, some days he loves being the model, others not so much :)

  3. Cheryl
    July 2, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing! We’re heading to NYC in August with our son (it will be the first time for my husband and son) and we’ve been looking for family friendly things to do!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      July 2, 2012 | 3:19 pm

      This is a great area, cause you are also close to ferry rides – like if you want to go to Staten Island for free. Or you can go to the Chelsea Markets if you want to head inside. Definitely a great place to hang out

  4. Catherine L.
    July 2, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Looks like a great place to spend the day with family! Los Angeles and Detroit could definitely use something like this. My niece would love those Scooby Doo shoes. Do you remember where you bought them at?
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    • Ghada V
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      July 2, 2012 | 3:17 pm

      Those shoes! LOL My sister bought him a pair years ago and this is now his 3rd pair, same style, different size. They are Crocs so any Crocs shop should have them

  5. Brooke
    July 2, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    This looks like fun, I have always wanted to visit the Manhattan area…maybe someday!
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  6. Angela Harris
    July 2, 2012 | 5:25 pm

    I love how the pictures turned out. I have never been to Manhattan but would one day love to.
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  8. Amy L. Norman
    Twitter: artzamy23
    May 7, 2013 | 4:16 am

    I wish Knoxville had an area dedicated to families such as the High Line in NYC. Sure, we have Market Square, and the Greenways, but I long for something as amazing as that for my city.

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  10. marissa lee
    August 12, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    thank you for sharing…i’m hoping to go to new york next year,

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