28 Apr Visiting the High Line with Kids
THE HIGH LINE
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design. It’s free to visit and is a popular attraction in New York City.
WHERE ARE THE ENTRANCES/EXITS?
You can start your visit at one of the many entrance/exit points. Here’s a list of how you can access the park:- Gansevoort and Washington Street, 14th Street (elevator), 16th Street (elevator), 17th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street (elevator), 26th Street, 28th Street, 30th Street (elevator), 30th Street and 11th Avenue, 34th Street and 12th Avenue (ramp)
You can see from the list above that some of the entrance/exits have elevators or a ramp. But, even when there are no elevators/ramps, your young kids should be able to hop up the stairs without a problem.
It makes sense to walk the entire length of the High Line if you have the time, so if that’s your plan, you could start at 34th Street, or Gansevoort and Washington Street as those entrances are at either end of the park. If you only want to walk some of it, then simply choose an entrance somewhere in the middle to start from. However, we would totally recommend walking the length of it, as it is such a unique park and you will want to see it all.
IS THE HIGH LINE KID FRIENDLY?
Kids love the High Line, and the park loves kids. Strollers are permitted, but there are a number of things that are not allowed, eg dogs, bikes, skateboards etc (check the website for a full list).
The best way to experience the High Line is to simply walk it, as you explore, you may want to stop at some of the park’s most distinctive and magical spots. Click HERE to see all of the park’s features.
Everyone will enjoy the art installations and there are also food vendors if you get peckish on your visit. If you are organized, you can also bring your own picnic with you as food is allowed.
Kids can explore and discover anywhere in the park, but family favorites include the Pershing Square Beams, which were specially designed for children to climb and play, and the water feature at the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck.
Bring the whole family to the High Line, it’s a great place to explore public art, horticulture, and history anytime.