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Tours

High Line Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Tour dates between May & August:
Tuesdays, 6pm – 7:30pm
Wednesdays, 10am – 11:30am
Saturdays, 10am – 11:30am
Location
On the High Line at Gansevoort Street

Hear the story behind New York City’s park in the sky. Join us for a free tour led by High Line Docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design, and landscape.

May – August
Tuesdays, 6pm – 7:30pm
Wednesdays, 10am – 11:30am
Saturdays, 10am – 11:30am

September – October
Tuesdays, 5pm – 6:30pm
Wednesdays, 10am – 11:30am
Saturdays, 10am – 11:30am

November – April
Wednesdays, 10am – 10:45am
Saturdays, 12pm – 12:45pm

The starting point for all tours is up on the park at the Gansevoort Street entrance. Our 90-minute tours that take place between May and October end at 30th Street; 45-minute tours that take place between November and April end at 23rd Street; however, some docents may choose to continue the tour up to 30th Street for interested visitors.

No more than twenty people will be permitted on the tour, there are no reservations, and spots are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

In light of additional concerns surrounding COVID, our docents may request that you wear a mask to join the tour. We ask all tour participants to respect the wishes of our volunteer docents and accommodate these requests.

Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather. Check @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates prior to arriving at the park. If you have mobility concerns, please check the elevator status page before your visit.

If you are interested in a private tour of the High Line, please request a tour time and date at least three weeks in advance.

Would you prefer a seated experience to learn about the park? Check out our monthly From Freight to Flowers: A Seated Conversation on the High Line event, which takes place on the second Wednesday of the month from April to October and features the same information as the walking tour in a seated format. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When are free tours available? 
Free public tours are available year-round. These tours are first come, first served. No reservations are available.
From May 1 – October 31, we offer 90-minute tours of the park, three times a week: Tuesday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
From November 1 – April 30, we offer 45-minute winter tours of the park on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These tours explore the southern portion of the park from Gansevoort Street to 23rd Street.

Can I reserve a spot in one of the public tours?
No. All public tours of the park are first come, first served. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour for the best chance of gaining a spot. Look for the Information cart at the top of the Gansevoort Street stairs at Washington Street to register.

Where does the tour meet?
The tour meets up on the High Line at the Gansevoort Street entrance at the south end of the park. You may enter the park by the Gansevoort and Washington streets entrance. If you need an elevator, please visit the Elevator Status page prior to your visit.

Does the public tour ever get canceled?
Yes. Tours of the park happen rain or shine. However, in case of severe weather, park closure, or if we do not have an available docent, the tour may be cancelled. Please check @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.

What COVID-19 protocols are in place for the tour?
Since the High Line is a public park, we follow the protocols of NYC Parks and city and state guidelines. At the moment, there are no city masking requirements for outdoor spaces, but it’s recommended to wear a mask in crowded outdoor gatherings. If you are concerned, we ask you to wear a mask and keep six feet distance from others.

I’m planning to attend the public tour, but I’m bringing a big group. Should I notify someone?
Yes. We would love to accommodate everyone, but all High Line tours are limited to 20 people and are offered first come, first served. Depending on the number of other guests who show up on a given day, we may not be able to accommodate your entire group.

Advanced notice of groups of at least 15 people will allow us to determine whether we need to look for additional docents. Please email tours@thehighline.org as far in advance as possible to let us know your group’s size and the date you plan to attend.

If you would like to guarantee that your group will be able to participate in a tour, please schedule a private tour of the High Line for your group.

How do I schedule a private tour of the High Line?
Private tours of the park are available with at least three weeks’ advance notice. They are available year-round during daylight hours. The rate is determined by the size of your group. All tour revenue directly supports park maintenance and operations. To learn more, visit our Private Tours page.

Support

Major support for High Line Programs is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. High Line Tours and accessibility are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

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