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11 Fun Things to Do in Chelsea, NYC

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 22, 2019
The historic Chelsea district of Manhattan's bustling West Side is one of the most socially and culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Big Apple. And that's really saying something.

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In fact, there's so much to see and do, that you might end up spending most of your New York trip right here, in Chelsea.
Stretching from 14th Street all the way to Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea is flanked by the Hudson river. Start by exploring Chelsea's own "river of green": High Line Park.
At the beginning of the High Line Park (in the Meatpacking District), you'll find the Gansevoort Food Market. There's no better place, if you're looking for fast food on the go.

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With breakfast sorted, it's time to stroll along the lush High Line Park as it runs in a line over the streets of Chelsea. It's a one-of-a-kind park-in-the-sky. Who needs Central Park?

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On the hunt for antiques and vintage collectibles at fair prices? Take a detour to Chelsea's street-side Annex Market, to peruse its outdoor stalls.
If you explore the full length of High Line Park, eventually you'll come across the historic Chelsea Food Market. You'll have the chance to sample just about every major global cuisine here.

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For a surreal experience, visit the Vessel - a modernist structure made of 154 flights of stairs.
As a melting pot of different cultures from around the world, the Chelsea area boasts a collection of diverse artworks. For a taste of exotic Himalayan art, check out the Rubin Museum of Art.
With over 200 art galleries to explore, it's no wonder that Chelsea is emerging as a serious contender for the designation of New York's Arts District.

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Golfers will find themselves in heaven, at the Chelsea Piers' gorgeous 200-yard fairway.

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Besides golf, you can have fun playing on an indoor soccer field, basketball court, batting cages, and 2 year-round ice skating rinks at Chelsea Piers.

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Whether it's pop, rock, or hip-hop shows, there's always a good time to be had at one of the trendiest nightclubs in town - the Highline Ballroom.

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Before dusk, join a dinner cruise aboard a Hudson River ferry from the Chelsea Piers marina. It's a unique vantage point on New York's iconic cityscape.