CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

This hip cobblestoned neighborhood has lots to explore, from the unique High Line Parks to cool gallery shows. Note the blocks are wide so wear (your most fashionable) walking shoes. Advance timed tickets required at some locations.

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TO DO

Chelsea Waterside Playground

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company. Near the new must-see Little Island and Pier 62 Carousel.

Museum of Illusions

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds.

Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.

 

Peace & Love at Hatch Creative Studio

Look for butterflies among daisies and a floral peace sign in front of a design studio’s brownstone.

David Hammons: Day’s End

Experience David Hammon’s monumental sculpture in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula from numerous vantage points along the Hudson and from the Whitney Museum.

An open structure precisely follows the outlines, dimensions, and location of a 1975 artwork of the same name by Gordon Matta-Clark, offering an extraordinary place to…

Little Island

Explore a new immersive experience with nature and art on a floating green space on the Hudson River.

* Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play.

* Make music on a variety of percussion installations and two lovely Sing…

High Line

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

* Timed-entry passes required on weekends. On weekdays, the park is open at 7 am –7 pm without reservations.

* Lots of nature, art installations (including current group exhibition The…

The Musical Brain

Nine artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—in new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the High Line.

Sit next to human shaped sculptures made with colorful musical instruments, explore what stories discarded objects tell when played and hear what happens when a railway spike becomes a bell. Daily at dusk, see…

Chelsea Market

Eat doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and more at over 115 socially-distanced outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Order take-out from Creamline, L’Arte del Gelato, Buon’Italia, Doughnuttery, Filaga, Los Tacos No. 1, Mokbar, Seed + Mill, Tings and Very Fresh Noodles or enjoy table service from Ayada, Buddakan, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Lobster…

GIANT Open Studio

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making. Weekly all-day camps also available.

Geometric Properties

Enter an immersive audio-visual installation by artist Julius Horsthuis and embark upon a cinematic journey where the sheer beauty of mathematics, nature and architecture coincide to inspire introspection and awe. Explore our recent past and Horsthuis’s ideal future, one that returns to the intersection of nature and math as…

Pier 62 Carousel

Take a spin on 33 hand-carved, custom-designed Hudson River Valley animals . The carousel structure has a green roof and opens to a sprawling lawn and tree-lined pathways.

Take a walk along the pier to the west of the carousel to find a nautical wooden deck offering views of the Hudson River.  Or walk along…

Lucy Raven

Dia Chelsea reopens with an exhibition of newly commissioned works by Lucy Raven featuring two kinetic light sculptures occupying the entirety of the former Alcamo marble-cutting factory. In an adjacent gallery, she exhibits a film that was shot over two years at a concrete plant in Bellevue, Idaho. Together, these two projects explore properties of…

Whitney Museum of American Art

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.
* Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.

* Crafty kids can get inspiration from striking oversized works using weaving, sewing, textiles, thread,…

Taste Buds In-Kitchen & Online School Camps

Learn to cook sweet and savory treats at in-kitchen camps and online camps. Gain kitchen confidence and learn essential cooking skills. All recipes are vegetarian and can be adapted for allergies. Themes change weekly, from ‘Around The World’ to ‘The Great American Bake-off.’

Space is limited.

Jorge Galindo and Julian Schnabel: Flower Paintings

See recent works by Jorge Galindo and Julian Schnabel, lifelong friends through their related visual languages of emotive and gestural painted surfaces and  embrace of material experimentation. Galindo’s gorgeous large-scale paintings of flowers complement Schnabel  series of flower paintings inspired by the exquisite beach roses that grow wild in the artist’s driveway in Montauk in…

High Line Nine

Explore a collection of sky-lit galleries with a rotating cross-section of culture. Watch resident artists create (behind glass) and see finished work in a variety of mediums.

Take a walk on the High Line and dine at outdoor tables at Chelsea Market.

Nina Katchadourian: Cumulus & Yin Xiuzhen Along the Way

See a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian featuring recent works and several major ongoing projects. Known for her widely varied practice, which includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, and photography, Katchadourian presents four of her landmark projects.

Try to figure out the connections in Paranormal Postcards, an enormous wall installation consisting of hundreds of…

The Amazing Highline Scavenger Hunt

A series of clues leads you around the Highline, Chelsea Market and Hudson Yards performing physical and mental challenges along the way.

Wear comfortable shoes and wear a mask. One member of the team should have a smart phone (either Android or iPhone).

TO EAT

Bubby’s High Line

Feast on classic, made from scratch, carefully sourced American cooking including some of the city’s best pancakes and pies in a friendly, charming restaurant. Kids welcome and high chairs available.

No reservations are accepted for the beloved weekend brunch (8 am – 4 pm), but you can join a virtual wait list and explore the…

Citycakes Bakery

Get some of city’s best cookies – signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available.