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NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

1. NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the High Line and see the Vessel. Stop into the Chelsea Markets and check out the world-class food vendors. Meet your guide in the Meat Packing District. Enjoy a scenic walk through the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most unique parks. Built on top of a former elevated freight train track, the tracks were turned into a greenway in 2009. Stroll down this 1.45-mile path and take in unique views of the city – you’ll feel as if your floating above the city streets. Admire the colorful gardens filled with grasses, perennials and woody species which were inspired by the wildflowers that grew on the disused tracks. View the park’s installation art pieces. Discover the Hudson Yards, and see the Vessel, “New York’s Staircase.” This honeycomb-shaped 150-foot tall art piece can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. Upgrade your tour by adding an optional admission ticket to the Edge Observation Deck. Climb to the top of its world-famous Observation Deck and check out spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

2. New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a stroll around some of the New York's most decadent dessert stores, and discover some of the finest chocolatiers in Manhattan. Stop for 8 tastings on-the-go, walking in small groups of no more than 20 people. Meet your guide at Washington Square Arch and head off to sample tasty truffles and salty caramels, including dark chocolate almond bark and the most exquisite chocolate mousse you’ve ever tasted. Discover one of New York’s best kept foodie secrets at Chelsea Market, and sample the amazing chocolate creations of Jacques Torres (“Mr Chocolate”). Go to Manhattan’s cult candy store at Lilac Chocolates, where the homemade mocha truffles, maple walnut fudge, chocolate cream rolls, and almond bark are to die for! Have a “chocogasm” at the Chocolate Bar, Alison Nelson’s pioneering shop in the West Village, and try the legendary cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. No chocolate experience would be complete without a warm baked chocolate chip cookie at Milk and Cookies, while the mango paprika slate at Xocolatti provides the perfect introduction to Soho's most innovative chocolatier. Savor the best chocolate canoli at Pasticceria Bruno, and discover chocolates spiced with an array of exotic flavors, including allspice, ginger, hemp seed, and wasabi at Vosges.

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

3. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

Chelsea Market and the High Line are two of NYC's best attractions. This food and history tour features incredible insights and stories as well as some delicious food and fantastic NYC views. Plus the tour guides are truly entertaining and it's enough food for lunch. Did you know that although the area was originally residential, markets have existed in the district since the 1840s. People moved into tenements in the Meatpacking district in the 1820s to escape epidemics in what was then the main part of New York. In 1900, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation’s third-largest volume of dressed meats. Five meatpacking companies still operate in the district. Boutiques and bars are more common than rump roasts these days, and the neighborhood continues to evolve almost daily. The food included at the Market features a Japanese-style taco, a slice of pizza from Filaga, a doughnut from Doughnuttery, and an halva and tahini tasting from Seed & Mill. Then, have a quick little shopping adventure at Artists & Fleas. After Chelsea Market, walk the beautiful and historic High Line Park and end the tour with an artisanal Belgian chocolate tasting at Neuhaus' Hudson Yards location.

Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

4. Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

Start your 2-hour tour in front of the world famous Chelsea Market. Spend some free time inside the market, sample baked goods and snacks and even do a little shopping. Hear about the infamous Death Avenue before heading up to The Highline, a linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur. Enjoy fantastic views of Chelsea Piers and see where the ill-fated Titanic was meant to dock in 1912. Admire the 18-story luxury boutique Standard Hotel and other local architecture. After visiting The Highline, head into the heart of the Meatpacking District. See the Gansevoort Hotel and walk past several high-fashion flagship stores and some trendy bars.

New York High Line, Chelsea & Meatpacking District Tour

5. New York High Line, Chelsea & Meatpacking District Tour

On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll take a walk through the High Line, New York’s only elevated park. The 1-mile-long linear park was created on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad on Manhattan’s west side. Stroll through the Chelsea neighborhood from a unique vantage point, treading along the path once traversed by fire-breathing locomotives! Enjoy surprising views of the Hudson River. The tour begins at the famous Chelsea marketplace and a visit to an art gallery may be included. Walk through former factories and warehouses, where trains would unload their goods right inside the building. Hear stories about the famous Meatpacking District and how it was transformed from rows of slaughterhouses to one of the most chic neighborhoods in the world. See amazing architecture ranging from the ultramodern Standard Hotel and the undulating glass curtain design of the IAC building to the Art Deco-era Empire State Building.

New York: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

6. New York: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

Your leisurely-paced 2-hour walking tour which spans the entire 1.45 mile (2.33 kilometer) High Line begins with a walk through the treasured Chelsea Market, located in the heart of the fashionable Meatpacking District. This fabulous culinary and shopping marketplace was once the home of Nabisco, world’s largest bakery and creator of the Oreo Cookie. Whilst here your guide will share the story of the former bakery, as well as other neighborhood buildings. You’ll learn how the Meatpacking District, once a flurry of industry, ultimately fell into ruin becoming a dilapidated, drug-ridden, urban wasteland. Your guide will share the area's remarkable history and transformation from a once seedy area to the chic and glamorous hot-spot that it is today. The High Line itself is a linear 1.45-mile aerial greenway which rests upon the former historic freight rail line of the New York Central Railroad. The transformation of the disused rail elevated above the busy streets of Manhattan's West Side was inspired by Paris' Promenade Plantee. Today, High Line Park, a "Park-in-the-Sky", has become one of NYC's most cherished and visited destinations. Throughout your fun and comprehensive tour, your professional, licensed Guide will share their extensive knowledge of the High Line and the neighborhoods it traverses, citing its fascinating history to its intriguing future, embraced on all sides by new, cutting-edge architecture created by renowned architects Bring a smile, a cheerful attitude and your camera and get ready to explore and fall in love the magnificent High Line park; surely 6 million visitors annually can't be wrong!

Nightlife Experience: The Meatpacking District After Dark

7. Nightlife Experience: The Meatpacking District After Dark

Join a like-minded local and get ready to experience the city that never sleeps. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. The Meatpacking District is more than deserving of its reputation as one of the best places in the city to party and you will soon see why! Spend the evening exploring this trendy neighborhood, where old warehouses have been repurposed as hip nightclubs, stylish bars or underground clubs; your local will take you to places that match your style and preferences.  With the first drink included, enjoy a cocktail in a famous bar where the locals are dressed to impress or grab a table at a street side cafe and sip a glass of wine as you watch revelers heading out for the night.  Bar hop through the neighborhood, discover the most popular nightlife spots with your local and get a taste of the district’s party reputation - it doesn’t disappoint!  Get tips and tricks from your local about the best clubs and all late-night bars to continue your night, so you can keep partying like a local (until the sun comes up!).

New York: The Highlights of the High Line 1.5-Hour Tour

8. New York: The Highlights of the High Line 1.5-Hour Tour

Take an in-depth look into the transformation of New York City, once the most dangerous city in America, on this 1.5-hour tour of the High Line. A former urban ruin set for demolition, the High Line is today one of west Manhattan’s prettiest and most innovative city parks, a 1.45 mile-long elevated greenway along the former New York Central Railroad. As you stroll along the High Line, the tour immerses you in the story of how local residents, architects, business-people, and city planners turned a down-and-out section of the city into one of its most vibrant areas. In the company of your expert guide, learn about the history of the neighborhood and the people that have defined it. Along the way, admire the array of fascinating street art that lines the walkway, gaze upon stunning city views, and discover restored patches of the original railroad tracks. The tour also passes a selection of Manhattan attractions including the world-famous Chelsea Market, the warehouses-turned glitzy bars of the Meatpacking District, and the area’s newest development jewel, the Hudson Yards.

New York City: Hudson River Bike Rentals

9. New York City: Hudson River Bike Rentals

Explore Manhattan on two wheels! Cycle down the picturesque Hudson River Greenway, which includes gorgeous views of the majestic river. Pass by the newly constructed Hudson Yards and the popular High Line Park, built on top of an old railroad trestle.   Ride through Chelsea and into Lower Manhattan, where you will see some of the original settlements of the city. The Greenway ends at Battery Park with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Along your tour, enjoying seeing highlights, such as DeWitt Clinton Park, the Chelsea Waterslide Park, Whitney Museum of American Art, Chelsea Market and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

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What people are saying about Chelsea Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,518 reviews

loved our guide, the market and highline. giving 5 stars because I don’t want it to reflect badly on our guide. But, we wanted time to shop! Time needs to be built into the tour so we can browse the market! The tour ends a good distance from the market and none of us wanted to walk back to purchase.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and willing to take our input on what we were interested in learning about. She also carried a tablet to illustrate pass fotos or interiors of buildings we could not have access to enter. She is a gem! We felt we had made a friend by the end of the tour.

The tour was very informative. Maki, our tour guide, was excellent. He was full of interesting facts and full of energy as well. You could tell he really enjoys his job! Would recommend to all. We did a private tour of only the 4 of us and it was well worth the extra money.

Very friendly and we went at a good pace, had extra tidbits of current info to go with the past history of the meatpacking district and Highline.

It was incredible! Our guide Kevin knew exactly what interesting and fun facts to share. It was a delight to listen to him.