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Exploring High Line Park with Kids

An awesome elevated park in Manhattan offers a fresh perspective on play
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  The family friendly elevated park, the High Line, opened in 2009. Running from the meatpacking district to 20th Street, the park... more »

Tips:  If you are bringing a stroller, be sure to use the access points with elevators.

You can bring food to the park and sit at one of the... more »

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Points of Interest

The farthest entrance downtown to The High Line, at Gansevoort Street, has high-end boutiques and restaurants nearby. Pastis, a French bistro, serves excellent bread and pastries from Balthazar.

Kids (and adults) can't seem to stop walking up and down the slanted ends of benches on The High Line.

If your kids stay up late, bring them on Tuesday ... More

2. Hudson River Park

The High Line has wooden lounges where you can lay down and read or sketch. Some of the benches are on wheels, and kids love to roll them along the path.

In warmer months, join Friends of the High Line for free family art workshops on Saturday mornings. The workshops include scavenger hunts and art projects.

Random doorways to nowhere along the ... More

Tiered benches on the High Line look down on the street below. We love to sit and watch the traffic unfold.

You also can get great views at the Hotel Gansevoort, from its rooftop pool. The luxury hotel is surprisingly family friendly, with a welcome amenity of diapers and organic bath products for babies and a bag filled with goodies for older... More

Chelsea Market, a former cookie factory near the 16th Street access point, has a ground-level retail space with tons of kid-friendly places. At Amy's Bread, you can watch the bakers, then get a chewy chocolate chip-studded bread stick. Fat Witch sells tiny, rich baby witch brownies, just right for small appetites.

Sarabeth's is a sit-down... More

Clement Clarke Moor Park, between 21st and 22nd streets and Ninth and 10th avenues, has swings.

Chelsea Piers, just west of the High Line, is a sports mecca with great gymnastics and soccer programs for kids. Adult members can use the pool and fitness center, but anyone with cash to burn can try one of the drop-in activities: There is a... More

Near 23rd Street, the grassy section of The High Line also has a tiered seating area. As the grassy part moves north, a retaining wall gets higher, so keep kids who might fall close by.

You can bring strollers right onto the grass, and you don't have to worry about litter; this is the cleanest grass in the city.

The Chelsea Waterside Park, a... More

Past 23rd Street, The High Line narrows, but kids usually want to walk the entire length. A viewing area at 28th Street overlooks a garage, where kids can watch tow trucks and other vehicles, away from the fumes and noise.

The 30th Street end of The High Line overlooks a final section, West Side Rail Yards, which runs to 34th Street and is not yet slated for redevelopment. It is worth it to walk to the end, just to see what the area looked like before the park.

It is also worth it to see what is transpiring below. In summer 2011, under the northern end of The High ... More