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.

 

Stall & Dean

Journey through American sports history with The Museum of American Manufacturing. Coinciding with the global celebration of the Summer Olympics, the exhibit takes viewers through an American manufacturing time machine, with a unique display of various sports memorabilia and artifacts created by Stall & Dean throughout the years.

One-of-a-kind artifacts include…

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 play with a…

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…

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 our source of inspiration.

Inside Chelsea…

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.

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…

Whitney Outdoor Open Studios

Join socially distanced family artmaking on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery. Drop in at any time to learn about a work on view, experiment with materials, and explore the galleries.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Saturdays through October 30.

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.

EVENTS

Creative Breaks on Little Island

Visit new greenspace Little Island for weekly artmaking activities for all ages with teaching artists and guest organizations like the Children’s Museum of the Arts, The New Victory Theater, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and The Museum of the Chinese in America.

At 11 am & 3; Thursday afternoons feature a mobile…

Whitney Outdoor Open Studios

Join socially distanced family artmaking on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery. Drop in at any time to learn about a work on view, experiment with materials, and explore the galleries.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Saturdays through October 30.