Family Outing in the Meatpacking District | New York City
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created by | Jeanette
transit | walkable
total distance | 0.5 miles
est. transit time | 11 minute walk end to end
The Meatpacking district is a few blocks tucked along the Hudson River west of even the West Village. It’s often thought of as the playground for affluent twenty something models, actors and financiers moving from one club or gallery to the next. While that’s still a big part of the nightlife, there are also a growing number of family friendly destinations. The High Line and the Whitney Museum anchor a wonderful family day out in the neighborhood.
Blue Bottle Coffee
$ Coffee shop
450 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014 (near 10th avenue)
There are multiple entrances to the High Line but if you’re entering at 14th street or 16th street make sure you stop for a coffee at this Blue Bottle on 15th street. In the warmer months there are also a ton of vendors on the High Line itself, including a Blue Bottle. Always good to have a place you know you can grab a coffee, snack, water etc. before exploring and Blue Bottle is a great chain with many locations throughout the city.
The High Line
Free | Elevated Public Park
Enter near 16th street and 10th avenue
The High Line is a beautiful elevated park and walkway that meanders throughout the Meatpacking and Chelsea. It’s origins date back nearly 100 years to when freight trains were elevated to allow for safer travel into Manhattan and easier access directly into several factories which is why the line runs right through several buildings. By the 1980s however the line was completely unused by trains. In the last ten years it has undergone a transformation from an overgrown unused eyesore into a park and one of the more geographically and historically interesting, geo parks in the city.
$$ | Fried chicken & other Southern comfort food | Casual counter service
73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 (near Washington street)
Bubby's Highline is the Meatpacking outpost of the Bubby’s Tribeca original. Different location, same delicious comfort food. It's a very relaxed country house spot serving up pancakes in half a dozen different styles, including one with Fried Chicken. Loads of good food and a great place to bring the family. You can’t go wrong when you have buttermilk biscuits and homemade pie on the menu.
$$ Book private spaces by the hour
$30-$50/hr for a private 4-6 person space
Tip: Get $45 of credit with code: RN7WF6
When you’re traveling around the city and out all day with or without kids it can be very helpful to have a quiet private space that you can use. Breather is just that, it allows you to book a private space large or small for an hour or a whole day. There are tons of locations around the city and a number of them in the Village. It’s mainly designed for businesses and meetings but it’s super helpful for families too. Whether you need to feed or change one of your kids with a little privacy or just put your feet up and take an hour as a family to ‘breath’. Check it out and use the code above for $45 in credit to pay for your first space! The below location is on West 3rd Street.
Whitney Museum of American Art
$$ | Museum featuring contemporary American art
Tickets: Adults $25 | 18 under Free
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 (near Washington street)
The Whitney is museum specializing in contemporary American art with a focus on living artists. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. The Whitney Family Programs offers a number of interactive tours, art making workshops, and events that encourage kids and adults to learn about art together. Children 18 and under enjoy free admission!
Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
4 star hotel | $250-$300/night
18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (near 13th street)
Although it’s most well known for it’s night life, the Gansevoort offers tons of perks to kids staying at the hotel and is very accommodating for families. The hotel has a rooftop pool, and offers free Playstation and Wii PSP consoles, complimentary sofa beds and even baby supplies, such as cribs or pack-and-plays, wipes making it a great choice for your stay. Book your room now!