We did so much walking during our New York trip which I can only think is a sign that we did New York right, one of our favourite walks was the one we took along The High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.
You have several different streets where you can access The High Line via stairs with elevators at Gansevoort Street, 14th St., 16th St., 23rd St., and 30th St., as well as via a street-level, wheelchair accessible ramp at 34th. This kind of access was handy for us as we had Dylan in a stroller. There are also wheelchair accessible restrooms located at Gansevoort St. and 16th St.
There was just so much for us to see which is a common theme when you walk around NYC, but with The High Line, you get a completely different view of the city from this kind of level. From a close-up view to the Statue of Liberty in the background, it’s a free walking tour in itself. With spring in bloom, the High Line was booming with flower life; you could see how well it is maintained and cared for by the volunteers.
My favourite aspect to The High Line was the artwork you could see both installed on it and the buildings surrounding the line. I found them to be thought-provoking and on topic considering Trump had not long become President. You’ll find an abundance of seating options scattered around to encourage you to take a seat, take a breath and take in all that is around you.
The kids enjoyed the play aspect to the line; their favourite part was the pershing square beams where they ran, climbed and hid with other children. I think they could have happily spent all day climbing under, over and through those beams.
Our biggest surprise was probably the weather, our visit was either side of snowfalls, it was coming up the end of February, and we got to walk The High Line in just our t-shirts, soaking up the sun. It was the perfect way to experience it for the first time; it’s at the top of our to visit list when we return to New York City one day.