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The Vessel Tours

The Vessel
If an M.C. Escher drawing leapt off the page, it might become the Vessel. This interactive, public art work from Thomas Heatherwick is composed of intertwined stairways and landings that visitors can climb. Head up the 154 flights to enjoy fantastic views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River.

The Basics
To visit the Vessel, you’ll need to secure free, timed tickets. You can book tickets online or try your luck with same-day ticketing at the Vessel's interactive kiosks (located in the Public Square and Gardens and at the 20 Hudson Yards shopping center). If you want more flexibility, you can opt for a Flex Pass, which lets you arrive any time on the day you choose. 

To make more of your visit, pair a visit to the Vessel with a guided tour of the High Line. Most tours include a walk along the High Line, a stop at the foodie-friendly Chelsea Market, and drop-off at the Vessel. Some tours also include Vessel entry so that you can avoid the hassle of booking tickets.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tickets are free but limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to book ahead. 
  • Guests in wheelchairs can secure priority elevator access.
  • You cannot bring strollers to the Vessel; stroller parking is available, but it is not monitored.
How to Get There
The Vessel is located in the Hudson Yards complex. The best way to reach the site is by subway; take the 7 train to 34th Street-Hudson Yards station, which is just steps away from the Vessel’s entrance. For a more scenic option, hop on the ferry: Several lines run up and down the Hudson River; get off at the Midtown / West 39th Street dock. 

When to Get There
The Vessel is open daily, from mid-morning until late in the evening, all year round with slightly shortened hours in the winter. The attraction is most crowded during the summer. Late spring and early fall are good times to visit if you want to enjoy the site without large crowds. 

What to Do at Hudson Yards
There's lots to see and do at Hudson Yards beyond the Vessel: You can dine at one of the complex's numerous eateries, shop for high-end couture at Chanel, Coach, and Neiman Marcus, and enjoy shows at the Shed. You can also check out the Edge, which is the tallest outdoor viewing platform in the Western Hemisphere and offers 360-degree views of the city from 100 stories above street level.
Address: 20 Hudson Yards, New York City, New York NY 10001, USA
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14 Tours and Activities to Experience The Vessel

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The Vessel - Flex Pass

The Vessel - Flex Pass

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Make time to see one of New York City’s most talked-about, new architectural icons when you prebook this admission ticket to The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, the interactive artwork comprises hundreds of flights of stairs, and offers panoramic views of the city. This flexible pass lets you explore the grounds at your own pace for a stress-free visit in a busy city.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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$10.89
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Secrets of Hudson Yards Walking Tour with High Line and Vessel

Secrets of Hudson Yards Walking Tour with High Line and Vessel

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Hudson Yards is one of New York's most cutting-edge private real estate developments and the largest of its kind in the United States. On this walking tour, discover the secrets of the skyscraper-filled Manhattan complex and learn about the resources and engineering ingenuity that went into its creation. Walk the High Line, an elevated promenade built on abandoned railroad tracks, and visit the 'Vessel'.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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OPENED: NYC Midtown Sightseeing Tour and Hudson Yards The Vessel

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OPENED: NYC Midtown Sightseeing Tour and Hudson Yards The Vessel

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Less glamorous than the Upper East Side and less boho than Greenwich Village, Midtown Manhattan is still a must-see that's packed with historical and new attractions. Rather than explore randomly by yourself, let a guide take you directly to the sights that matter. See long-time landmarks, the Empire State Building, and more; and admire new showpieces such as The Vessel's staircases and elevated High Line park.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.79
$51.99
$5.20 savings
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$51.99
$5.20 savings
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High Line and Hudson Yards Walking Tour (w/ Vessel tix)

High Line and Hudson Yards Walking Tour (w/ Vessel tix)

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Get to know Manhattan with the help from a guide during this leisurely walking tour through the Meatpacking District and Hudson Yards. Stroll along the High Line, the railway-turned-urban park that transformed Manhattan’s west side. Enjoy the company of a small group as you learn how these formerly industrial areas have been reborn.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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New York City Explorer Pass

New York City Explorer Pass

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Explore your favorite NYC attractions for one low price with this New York City Explorer Pass. Choose how many attractions you want to visit—up to 10—and enjoy visits to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Top of the Rock Observatory, and activities such as a Madison Square Garden tour or Brooklyn bike tour. Sightsee the city with ease during a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or choose a sightseeing cruise. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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7-Day NYC+Philadelphia+ D.C.+Niagara Falls+Boston Elite Tour(NYC departure) AP7Q

7-Day NYC+Philadelphia+ D.C.+Niagara Falls+Boston Elite Tour(NYC departure) AP7Q

After leaving the group,you can choose to join our countdown group in Times Square, New York. 1. Elite Tour with a professional driver and experienced tour leader. No more than 12 guests. Deluxe Sprinter van. Tour leader will accompany guests when visiting attractions. 2. Enjoy complimentary HOT breakfast in deluxe hotels. 3. Departure time will be no earlier than 8 AM every day. 4. Free present Washington D.C Night Tours to experience the lights of the USA's capital shining flicker in dark. 5. Exclusive "The Freedom Trail of Boston” walking tour takes you deep into explore historical sites in Boston. 6. Boarded the Goat Island at Niagara Falls and enjoyed the rainbow colorful night view of the waterfall. 7. Washington DC tour of “Separation of Powers”, go visiting the White House, Supreme Court and walk into the U.S. Capitol. 9. Tasting special recommends Philadelphia's traditional Philly Cheesesteak, and Boston specialty lobster meal.
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  • 7 days
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NYC Bike Tour

NYC Bike Tour

This tour is customized based on your passion/ needs of what to see in NYC. You will get to see New York from a local's perspective and understand how the city actually operates from day to day.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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Cycle To NYC's Top Sites In One Day

Cycle To NYC's Top Sites In One Day

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From Central Park to Brooklyn Bridge to Ground Zero, we'll see it all! This is not a tour for beginner cyclists. This a tour for confident, urban cyclists. We'll cover around 25 miles (40 km) over 6 hours. The pace will be brisk but not back-breaking or exhausting. We'll stick to designated bike lanes, but please understand, we cannot do this exclusively. This a tour for the adventurous of spirit. You'll see so many of NYC's most iconic spots and as they were intended to be seen: from the street. We'll take lots of breaks where you can get off the bikes, walk around and I will find you lots of photo ops to make you Instagram feed POP! I'll keep you safe and you'll never risk wasting time getting lost. I'll also keep you entertained and provide history, context and local color. By the end of the day, you'll feel the burn, but be ready to feast in one of NYC's great restaurants—guilt free, you earned it!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Hudson Yards & High Line Walking Tour w. Whitney Museum

Hudson Yards & High Line Walking Tour w. Whitney Museum

Explore Manhattan’s booming and exciting West Side neighborhoods on foot and in a small group with a certified guide! From the architectural wonders of Hudson Yards to the bucolic High Line and trendy Chelsea and Meatpacking District, you'll witness the new face of the Lower West Manhattan.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and High Line Private Walking Tour

Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and High Line Private Walking Tour

Get to know Greenwich Village and the High Line Park in Chelsea, as you explore this vibrant part of Manhattan with a private guide. On this relaxed walking tour, stroll through some of the borough's most distinctive neighborhoods. Your guide gives you a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and public art of the area.
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  • 3 hours
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$400.00
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Secrets of the High Line

Secrets of the High Line

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Discover the High Line Park in Chelsea and its secrets on this 2-hour tour. Start your tour walk a stroll around Chelsea Market before heading to the High Line to walk its entire length and learn about its history. Discover the art along the park as well as nearby galleries, learn about the plants used in the area, and see some of Chelsea’s iconic buildings, both old and new.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

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Whether it's sightseeing on a double-decker bus, cruising to the Statue of Liberty, or exploring the Financial District, there are a few essential New York experiences that no traveler should miss. You can do all this and more with this top value combo tour experience, including over a dozen must-do New York attractions. With just one ticket, you can see more of the Big Apple, enjoy skyline views, and take advantage of the hassle-free included transportation.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hudson River Bike Rental

Hudson River Bike Rental

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Spend the day exploring Lower Manhattan’s architecture, sites, landmarks, and coastal views with this convenient bike rental. Perfect for independent travelers, choosing a rental rather than a tour lets you go at your own pace and spend as long as you want at each stop. Plus, traveling by bike enables you to fit in more sights than you can on foot.
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  • 1 day
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High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour

High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour

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If you love public art, innovative design, and urban adventure, then there's one New York City attraction that you shouldn't miss: the High Line. Escape the city's hustle and bustle on this rejuvenating High Line hike, where you stroll an elevated park with well-tended gardens, works of public art, and views of the skyline and Hudson River. Along the way, pass Vessel, an interactive artwork at Hudson Yards, and end your tour at the renowned Chelsea Market.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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NOW OPEN: Hudson Yards the High Line and the New Vessel

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NOW OPEN: Hudson Yards the High Line and the New Vessel

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Manhattan's West Side has been transformed in recent years with a surge of development, with an eye toward design, accessible green space, and public art. Experience this renewed stretch of NYC on a guided walking tour of the High Line—a celebrated greenway build on an old freight line. Walk this lush urban park, enjoy views of the Hudson River, pass Chelsea Market, and visit Vessel—a public art project at the recently-opened Hudson Yards development.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book The Vessel tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Vessel can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 14 The Vessel tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit The Vessel 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Vessel costs USD 10.89. Guided The Vessel tours start around USD 10.89 per person. See all 14 The Vessel tickets and tours on Viator.
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