Join us up on the gray steel truss of the High Line, once an industrial artery of New York, now transformed into a scenic oasis high above the street. Stroll through urban meadows where train cars full of freight and cattle once roared. From the gory history of the Meatpacking District to the reinvention of Chelsea posh, the High Line cuts a path not only through the city, but through history as well.
Accompany us on a 2 hour English-language tour and…
There is between 2 to 3 miles of walking at a moderate pace. If mobility is an issue please arrange for a private tour. Please dress appropriately for long distance walking and for the weather.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
Yes, this tour is included with your New York Pass. You’ll need to make a reservation with your credit card. No charges will apply IF you show up with a valid New York Pass. You can cancel 48 hours prior to your tour without penalty. You can always reschedule your tour. This allows us to better manage our group size and make the tour experience better for you.
14th Street and 8th Avenue station. Walk west one block to 9th Avenue
By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.
Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.
Tour Ends: 14th Street and 9th Avenue
Begin your morning with a stop in the world famous Chelsea Market, an abandoned factory converted into the city’s best food court. Then climb up onto the elegantly designed High Line, a park built atop an elevated railway, running for over a mile up the West Side. View unique art installations and beautiful green spaces weaving between and through buildings.
Travel north as your guide introduces you to the Meatpacking District, an industrial area reclaimed first by the counter-culture of the 1980s, then later by some of the wealthiest residents of the Big Apple. Marvel at the unique vantage point on some of Manhattan’s most iconic architecture, like Frank Gehry’s glittering glass curtain design of the IAC Building and the incredible Art Deco edifice of the Empire State.
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