The family friendly elevated park, the High Line, opened in 2009. Running from the meatpacking district to 20th Street, the park... more » doubled in length in 2011 and extended to 30th Street.
Though not a traditional park--ball playing is not allowed and no walking on the rails is forbidden--the High Line is still fun for kids. At one spot you walk through a building; at other places you can watch the street life unfold below through large glass viewing areas. Plus there are special events for kids, like art projects and movement classes.
A water feature lets kids (and the young at heart) splash, and a small grassy area in the new section tempts emerging walkers.
The High Line is open from 7am-8pm daily, with the last entrance at 7:45pm. In April through summer, the park is open until 10pm. Park workers are serious about getting you out on time.
The area around the northern end of The High Line is possibly the most unattractive in Manhattan, so double back and end your walk at another place.
The park has nine access points: Gansevoort Street, 14th and 16th steets (both with elevator access), 18th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street (elevator access coming, 26th Street. 28th Street and 30th Street (elevator access). less «