Meatpacking District
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Whitney Museum of American Art: Entry Ticket

1. Whitney Museum of American Art: Entry Ticket

Explore one of the world’s foremost collections of 20th-century American art at the Whitney Museum in New York, and admire art of from the 20th century to today. Your entrance ticket allows access to the museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions.  With about 15 exhibitions a year, including single-artist and group shows, historical surveys, and lifetime retrospectives, there is never a shortage of things to see at the Whitney, now located in the Meatpacking District in an innovative space designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano. Marvel at art from the Whitney's permanent collection of more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 3,000 artists. The Whitney places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists, as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the 1st half of the last century.

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NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

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

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the Highline, and climb to the top of 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.

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Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

3. 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.

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Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

4. 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.

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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.

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What people are saying about Meatpacking District

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 113 reviews

When we first got there we wondered if we were even in the right place. We went in and went upstairs to a one room place. I kept thinking there has to be more rooms somewhere. Still feeling skeptical and thinking did I just waste my money on this, I soon found out it was way more than what I could have imagined. Having a one on one experience with Gary as our personal guide and host was phenomenal. Having experienced the aftermath of 9/11 firsthand gave a much more personal and meaningful tour of the pictures and artifacts in the museum. It was so worth going to. We all enjoyed it.

The proprietress is getting a bit old but she still gets around quite well and is very accommodating. She actually lives in an annex house to the house she rents out and we were the only guests these two days so we had the whole house to ourselves. We probably will not see her except when she cooks breakfast in the mornings. She even showed us all the rooms and gave us our choice. My wife chose the prettiest room. And the whole house is gorgeous with antiques and snacks for us if we want eat some. It is a cozy, beautiful home in a quiet neighborhood.

Very knowledgeable and fun guide, definitely saw areas that we would have never found on our own. Highly recommend!!

Loved this experience. It was so personable and you really get to learn a lot about 9/11 and the people involved.

It was amazingly done we learned so much in highly recommended