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Family Outing in Meatpacking

Manhattan-West Village

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.

Blake B.Blake B.

Blake is a native New Yorker and an upper east side mom of three young children. On the weekends, she is often exploring new neighborhoods with her family taking in the sights and experiences the city offers.

Blue Bottle CoffeeCoffee
Coffee shop
(510) 653-3394website
450 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014

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 LineParks
Elevated Public Park
Entrances at Gansevoort St., 14th, 16th, 23rd and 30th streets

The High Line is a beautiful elevated park and walkway that meanders throughout the Meatpacking and Chelsea. Greenery, colorful flowers and a great view make walking The High Line a very different experience than walking the streets of New York! In the summer you’ll find bar set-ups and small markets along the line. Depending on your speed, walking the High Line will take about 30-60 minutes.

The origins of the elevated tracks 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.

Bubby's HighlineRestaurants & Cafes
Fried chicken & other Southern comfort food | Casual counter service
(212) 219-0666website
73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

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.

Breather NYC - West VillageQuiet Space
Book private spaces by the hour
200 Varick Street

When you’re traveling around the city and out all day with kids it can be exhausting. It’s often helpful to have a little quiet and private space even it’s just for 30 minutes. Breather is a life saver. It’s a site that allows you to book private meeting spaces and rooms by the hour. There are tons of locations around the city and a number of them in the Flatiron area. It’s mainly designed for businesses and meetings but it’s super helpful. 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’.

Tip: Get $45 of credit with code: RN7WF6

Whitney Museum of American ArtMuseums
Museum featuring contemporary American art Tickets: Adults $25 | 18 under Free
(212) 570-3600website
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

The Whitney is a museum specializing in contemporary American art with a focus on living artists. Make sure to plan ahead- the museum is six floors so it might take some time getting through it!

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!

On Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 - 3pm the Museum also offers an Open Studio where families can make a fun art project inspired by works on display at the museum. It’s free with admission and your own art makes a pretty cool NYC souvenir

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