Top Things to Do in Chelsea

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Chelsea, New York City

Top Things to Do in Chelsea

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  • skd22
    567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We ended up going here twice. The first time we walked through and looked around and thought it was fun and had some funky spots. the second time we found ourselves back in the area for a boat tour and stopped back in to eat at the Los Tacos restaurant that we had seen before.
    Written July 18, 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are visiting New York City and you don't have tickets to a New York Rangers hockey game or a New York Knickerbockers' basketball game or an ice show or a circus or a boxing match or a musical concert, you are encouraged to take the Madison Square Garden Tour Experience to get an up-close-and-personal and behind-the-scenes view of the world's most famous area. Located at 4 Penn Plaza, in Midtown Manhattan, betweens 7th and 8th Avenues, from 31st to 33rd Streets above Penn Station, on Manhattan's West Side, Madison Square Garden or "The Garden" or "MSG" is a multi-purpose indoor arena, the oldest major sporting facility in the New York area,s the oldest arena in the NBA, the second oldest arena in the NHL and the second busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales. It is the fourth venue to bear the name. The current arena was opened in 1968 and has been renovated twice, the last time in 2011-2013 at a cost of $1 billion. It hosts about 320 events a year. Over the years, it has hosted the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the NFL draft, Stanley Cup and NBA finals, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and St. John's basketball games. The 60-minute guided walking tour offers unparalleled access to the Rangers and Knicks locker rooms, backstage areas, luxury suites and up-close views of the iconic concave ceiling from the Chase Bridge. In addition, visitors can relive some of Madison Square Garden's iconic moments with the Defining Moments exhibit and Garden 366 Retrospective. Defining moments? See Marilyn Monroe's birthday serenade to JFK in 1962, the Ali-Frazier fight in 1971, the Frank Sinatra concert in 1974 and appearances by Elvis Presley, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Billy Joel (who has made a record 134 appearances in the Garden), the Grateful Dead and The Who. Not to mention two papal visits, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift.
    Written July 17, 2024
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  • BhutanSwallowtail
    Thimphu, Bhutan45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful structure but was sad to know that people would just jump off.....it was closed off for many years and heard that it is going to open soon.
    Written July 15, 2024
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  • Amy P
    Hoover, AL11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views. It was a bit rainy on our visit so there were some things not available, but it was still really cool to be up in the clouds.
    Written July 24, 2024
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  • Elfma
    Greenwich, CT710 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you build it they will come. And they, tourists and locals, have. Dynamic space has a mostly upscale mall to loose yourself in for a day, performing arts spaces(some for free) and museum exhibitions in The Shed, The Vessel helix(limited access by ticket).
    A great place to spend a day or evening in all seasons.

    Do NOT fall for ticket hustlers here. Access is free.

    Short walk to Chelsea Piers and boat tours, High Line, Little Island and Chelsea Market for a very full day.
    Written June 26, 2024
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  • Michael S
    Washington DC, DC64 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have to spend time waiting for a train, might as well be here. Plenty to do, see, eat. I've been asked for money by panhandlers every time i've been through but the amount of them is much less and they're less aggressive than in Newark. Love that you can easily switch between Amtrak, Jersey, Long Island, subway, and bus lines.
    Written June 24, 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,385 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chelsea is a lively neighborhood in Manhattan. It is both residential and filled with restaurants, bars, museums and entertainment options. I don't find it to have the same charm as nearby Greenwich Village, but it is still worth exploring. The Chelsea Market is extremely popular as is walking The High Line. The Chelsea Market is essentially an upscale food court but could be a good stop for lunch. I don't understand the attraction of The High Line. If you are resident of the neighborhood, it is a wonderful transformation of a former elevated rail line into a nice urban greenspace. However, it seems to have become one of the most popular things to do for visitors to the city. As a result, it is now packed with tourists and the views are simply not that interesting. We enjoyed a night at the Gotham Comedy Club followed by some cocktails at LOULOU but the options for food and drink are endless in the neighborhood.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Marion F
    New York City, NY298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my first time here. I would walk by occasionally and recently decided to go.
    Focused primarily on art/artist from smaller Asian countries like Tibet and the Himalayas it is 6 floors covering periods from BCE to 2023.
    Very interactive it is a must visit for anyone interested in art from those regions.
    The last open day to the public is October 2024, so hurry, You need about 2 hours to really see everything and they are open til 10pm every friday
    Written June 1, 2024
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  • Asta365
    Kent, TX575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Museum at FIT is a true off-the-beaten path gem. The museum, which is free, presented a hype-focused display, when we visited, of the design of sleeves for dresses (and one men’s jacket) from the 1700s to present with the bulk of the dresses from the latter 1900s. With work from many noted designers, I was truly blown away by the haute couture designs, amazing fabrics, exquisite workmanship, and vision of the designers, There were about 50 to 60 dresses on display and each was shown to excellent effect. I frankly don’t have the vocabulary to fully describe what I saw, but I learned from and enjoyed every moment of my visit.

    Afterwards, we walked a short distance in the FIT complex to see the student projects. Everything I enjoyed in the focused museum was also present in the student projects which all worked exclusively with denim. I was amazed at the breadth of designs, incredible craftsmanship, and imagination on display.

    A final note - understanding the fragility of both the museum’s collection and the students’ work, the guards at both sites were a little over the top in their behavior towards visitors. They can accomplish their duties with a little calmer demeanor in their interactions with those coming to the site.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • KazzieB10
    Stroud, UK31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant store ... work wear in the US is fashion in the UK. Helpful staff, not pushy.
    This is my second visit in 3 years, a must do for Dickies and Carhartt loving son in UK.
    Written June 22, 2023
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  • BernieDy
    Houston, Texas64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our trip to the High Line very much. I was much impressed with NYC's ability to repurpose an abandoned rail and convert it into a tranquil and beautiful human space. It's a nice walk, not too short, not too long, and a good way to burn anywhere from ten minutes to an hour and a half, depending on what you want to do.

    I would agree with the one con that other reviewers have noted, that during busy times it can get crowded, but that's true of any worthy attraction.

    Other benefits:
    - art exhibits along the way
    - lots of little restaurants or small vendors offering drinks and snacks
    - many photo-worthy spots
    - lots of places to sit and get interesting views of the city or streets
    - plenty of places to exit or enter
    - volunteers to answer any questions
    - bookended by other interesting parts of town like the Hudson Yards

    Good job, NYC, this is a model for other cities to follow.
    Written July 22, 2024
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  • Sabena S
    New York City, NY1,302 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One gigantic mural was in the Gagosian. Last Friday while gallery hopping in Chelsea I visited the Gagosian gallery that is spoken of in hushed tones. Interesting and worth visiting often.
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT2,623 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This building has a shell casing that captures the eye of those passing by. This Hudson Yards project is an art center, theater, plaza and a restaurant. Check out their event schedule for upcoming great performances.
    Written May 28, 2023
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  • TYsadventures
    Brooklyn, NY889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Judging by its unassuming exterior, one might mistake it for a local neighborhood theater, but upon stepping inside, you discover a vibrant community powerhouse for dance and music. Nestled in an upscale, progressive-chic neighborhood accessible via MTA A and C trains and the M55 MTA BUS, it proves to be a gem.

    The neighborhood itself boasts a safe environment with numerous bars and eateries. Accessibility is commendable, especially for those in powerchairs or using a manual one.

    The theater's staff is exceptionally accomodating. The wheelchair access includes a flat roll-in, security-manned entrance, and both ticket usher and box office window are easily accessible.

    While the lobby is on the smaller side and can feel cramped, the seating options are accommodating. With in-place or removable accessible seating on both wing sides (right and left), the theater strives for inclusivity. Restroom accessibility remains uncertain as I haven't utilized it, but is available.

    The performance hall is impressively spacious and comfortable, adorned with pleasant lighting and colors. Accessible seats in the sixth orchestra row offer an unobstructed view. Over time, I've had the pleasure of witnessing performances by local, regional, and internationally acclaimed companies, making it a versatile and enjoyable venue.
    Written January 14, 2024
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  • patrick m
    Westerville, OH106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very immersive 3D animation experience. Soaking up the atmosphere is pretty cool / just relax and get lost in the experience. The animations are really well done and the sound design is incredible. Air up close to the wall and you feel the whole world moving around you / very surreal.
    Written May 27, 2023
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