HIGH LINE TOURS AND TALKS
Friends of the High Line offers you a glimpse at the High Line’s past, present, and future with tours and talks that focus on the park’s history, art, design, horticulture, and more. Whether you are a seasoned High Line fan or a first-time visitor, there are special opportunities for everyone to deepen their experience at the park.
Free Public Tours
High Line Docents guide fun and informative walking tours that give visitors the opportunity to hear the High Line’s story and ask questions about its history, design, art, and horticulture. Tours are free, and take place every Tuesday throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Free Public Tours are intended for individuals or parties with no more than five individuals. We are happy to accommodate a larger group in a Private Group Tour.
Private Group Tours
For visitors looking for a more personal experience, High Line Docents lead private group tours upon request. High Line Docents are experts in High Line’s history, design, horticulture, and art. Private tours require a fee and can accommodate up to 40 persons. Learn more.
Get an insider’s look at the curatorial process and the artworks installed on and around the High Line with Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. Each tour is sure to be as unique as High Line’s art installations are ever-evolving. Design Tours
Take a closer look at the High Line’s design, and hear about the creative process with Peter Mullan, Friends of the High Line Vice President for Planning & Design, and Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Associate Landscape Architect at James Corner Field Operations.
The High Line and its surrounding neighborhoods have a strong connection to a rich history of food processing and distribution. Food experts Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City, and Sonya Kharas, of Nutshell Project, guide visitors on food tours of the High Line, exploring past and present food production in New York City.
Built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement, the High Line played an important role in the industrial development of Manhattan’s West Side. Led by Andrew Dolkart, of Columbia University, history tours are sure to leave park visitors with tidbits about New York City that only a true history buff would know.
Explore the unique horticultural design of the park, and learn about the challenges of tending a garden elevated 30 feet above the streets of New York City. During the spring, summer, and fall, Friends of the High Line offers monthly horticulture and wildlife tours, and a special tree tour with Leslie Day and Trudy Smoke, the author and illustrator of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City.
Beyond the High Line
The High Line is just one example of an adaptive reuse project that has redefined what it means to create and design public spaces. Through the Beyond the High Line lecture series, Friends of the High Line invites thought leaders and creative thinkers from across the country to present their plans for innovative reuse out-of-use industrial infrastructure as public use.
Beyond the High Line is supported by The Seed Fund.
Work is underway to transform the third and final section of the High Line at the Rail Yards into public open space. Friends of the High Line hosts public design briefings to present the latest rail yards design concepts and to answer audience questions. Design briefings are a great way to stay up-to-date on the project’s progression.
Design Briefings for the High Line at the Rail Yards are made possible by the LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund of the New York Community Trust.