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7 Fun Things to Do in Chelsea, New York City

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Looking for what to do and where to eat in Chelsea, New York City?

The neighborhood Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan has beautiful parks, world class shopping options and plenty of tempting restaurants to try so it is a great place to explore for both visitors and locals alike. It is a neighborhood rich in history and is a hub for the arts. Here are our picks for 7 fun things to do in Chelsea, New York City.

Walk Down the High Line

The High Line Park ChelseaP.C.: wikipedia, Dansnguyen

The High Line is a unique public park, built on the abandoned elevated train tracks that run through Chelsea. It extends from Gansevoort St to 34th St and it has with amazing views of New York City. There are also beautiful gardens, interesting art exhibits and fun performances so every trip can be a memorable one.

Spend a Day at Little Island

Little Park Chelsea

Little Island at Pier 55 is one of the newest additions to the Chelsea neighborhood. This park’s defining feature is the 132 pot shaped structures that stand over the Hudson River. It was built to celebrate nature and the arts, and it is often called an oasis in the heart of New York City. One of our favorite things to do here to check out the concerts and performances in the 687-seat amphitheater.

Get Active at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers GymP.C.: yelp, Victor H.

Chelsea Piers (Piers 59, 60 & 61) was once a passenger ship terminal that was repurposed into a massive sporting complex. There are options for bowling, golf, rock climbing, ice skating and more. They have classes and programs for all ages throughout the year which are great ways to find people with similar interests.

Dine in Chelsea Market

Dicksons Farmstand Meats hot dogs

After you work up an appetite, you can swing by Chelsea Market. There are a bunch of yummy eateries and restaurants, representing a wide range of cuisines here. Some of our favorites here include fresh seafood from the Lobster Place, a classic New York style hot dog from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and scrumptious brownies from Fat Witch Bakery.

Go on Our Market 57 Food Tour

Ahoy New York Market 57 Chelsea Tour

Pier 57 has a beautiful two-acre rooftop park and a huge food hall on the first floor, Market 57. With many unique minority and women owned businesses, curated by the James Beard Foundation, Market 57 is a must see foodie destination. The best way to explore this food hall is our Market 57 Chelsea Food Tour where you can taste juicy dumplings, hearty Italian sandwiches, fun crunchy sushi rice patties and so much more.

Explore Hudson Yards

The Shops at Hudson YardsP.C.: yelp, Coburn S.

Hudson Yards is located at the very north of Chelsea and if you are visiting the neighborhood to shop, the seven-story mall here is your best bet. There are over 100 shops and restaurants so there is a little something for everyone. Also, you can’t miss the Vessel, a 150-foot high, honeycomb-like attraction and we are very excited it will be reopening this summer.

Find Something Special at the Chelsea Flea Market

Chelsea Flea MarketP.C.: Chelsea Flea Market

Finally, if you are looking from something special, the Chelsea Flea Market (29 West 25th St) has been in business for over forty years and is an important part of the neighborhood. It features 50- 60 vendors, selling antiques, art, and all sorts of vintage goods. This flea market opens on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, all year round. Artists and writers like Andy Warhol and Susan Sontag once shopped here!