The Vessel at Hudson Yards is a spiral staircase with 2,500 steps, 80 landings, and 154 interconnecting flights of stairs.
It provides visitors with a 1.6 km (1 mile) vertical climbing experience with fascinating views of midtown Manhattan, Hudson River, and beyond.
The Vessel, which resembles a hive, is a steel colossus created by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Vessel
- How to reach Vessel at Hudson Yards
- Opening hours of Vessel
- Best time to visit Vessel at Hudson Yards
- How long does it take at the Vessel?
- Visiting Vessel for free
- Vessel Hudson Yards tickets
- Visiting Vessel at night
- Elevators at Vessel
- Restaurants near Vessel
- Other attractions at Hudson Yards
What to expect at Vessel
The Vessel in Hudson Yards is New York’s latest tourist attraction and a popular selfie spot among locals and tourists.
If you want some outdoor fun, book your tickets to Hudson Yards’ Vessel right away!
How to reach Vessel at Hudson Yards
The Vessel is the centerpiece of Hudson Yards, New York, right on the bank of the Hudson River.
You can board the No. 7 Subway line to get to 34 St Hudson Yards.
MTA Bus Lines M34-SBS, M12, and M11 can also drop you closer to the attraction.
Penn Station is just two blocks east between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues.
Hudson Yards has ample parking at 10 Hudson Yards, Abington House, and One Hudson Yards.
All these parking places are along West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Opening hours of Vessel
From Monday to Sunday, Vessel at Hudson Yards is open from 10 am to 8 pm.
The last entry is one hour before closure.
The Vessel is open for visitors all through the year.
Best time to visit Vessel at Hudson Yards
If you want stunning views from the top landings, sunset is the best time to visit the Vessel of Hudson Yards.
You can reach the attraction half an hour before sunset to give yourself enough time to reach the top.
Since the Vessel tickets don’t have a time limit, you can stay on until the sun goes down, even if you reach early.
Tip: Sunset times get crowded, so it is better to book early.
How long does it take at the Vessel?
Most visitors spend around 45 minutes exploring the Vessel at Hudson Yards, New York.
Visitors who climb up during the sunset tend to stay on for half an hour more to take in the views.
Because the attraction doesn’t even take an hour, some tourists tend to combine it with a visit to Edge in Hudson Yards, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.
If you also plan to visit both the nearby attractions, book the combo ticket to save 10% of the ticket costs.
Visiting Vessel for free
A limited amount of free, same-day tickets are available daily from 9.30 am in the shops and restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards.
These free tickets are available only during the first hour of operation and are first-come, first-served.
Unless you are on a budget holiday, we don’t recommend this because they fly off the shelf real fast.
Vessel Hudson Yards tickets
The Edge is an observatory on the 100th floor of one of the Hudson Yards buildings.
Where to buy tickets
You can get your Vessel Hudson Yards entry tickets at the venue or buy them online, much in advance.
If you get them at the attraction, you will waste around 15 minutes in the ticketing window queue, depending on the crowd.
When you buy Vessel Hudson Yards tickets in advance, you save yourself the waiting by skipping the ticket counter queue.
That is why these tickets are also known as Vessel skip-the-line tickets.
How online tickets work
As soon as you make the purchase, Vessel’s online tickets get delivered to your inbox.
On the day of your visit, show the ticket on your smartphone and walk in. No need to take printouts!
You must be at the attraction at least 10 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.
Vessel’s ticket prices
The Vessel at Hudson Yard’s ticket costs $10.89 for all visitors six years and above.
Entry to the Vessel is free for kids five years and below, and you don’t need to buy tickets for them.
The Vessel doesn’t offer seniors or student discounts.
Vessel’s skip the line tickets
Since Vessel’s tickets are timed, you must choose your preferred time of visit while buying them.
You must be at the attraction within the time mentioned on your ticket.
If you reach late, the Experience Ambassador will accommodate you during the next available entry slot.
There are no time limits on your visit – you can explore the New York attraction for as long as you want.
Ticket price (6+ years): $10.89
Vessel + Edge tickets
Vessel and Edge are the two most popular attractions of Hudson Yards, the most fashionable neighborhood of New York City.
While Vessel is an enormous bronze honeycomb structure that stands 15 stories tall, Edge is an observation deck.
When you purchase these tickets together, you save 10% of your ticket costs.
Visiting Vessel at night
The Vessel at Hudson Yards is open till 8 pm, and the last entry is one hour before closure.
If you have the time and the money, we suggest you visit the Manhattan landmark twice – once in the morning and once at night.
If you can’t, we recommend going up just before sunset so that you can get the best of both views.
Elevators at Vessel
The Vessel at Hudson Yards has an elevator, and visitors with disabilities get priority access.
Every 15 minutes, the elevator goes up to the accessible floor levels 5, 7, and 8.
If they prefer, visitors can get priority access tickets from the ticket office much in advance.
The single elevator provides a smooth ride with extraordinary views of the Vessel’s interior.
Restaurants near Vessel
No outside food and drink are allowed at Vessel in New York. Visitors can only bring water to drink in clear plastic bottles.
Glass bottles are strictly prohibited.
If you prefer a fine dining experience, check out Peak on level 101, just above Edge observatory of 30 Hudson Yards.
Peak offers an excellent dining experience alongside fascinating views of New York City.
Else, you can choose from more than 25 restaurants within the Hudson Yards retail area.
What to wear
The top of Vessel Hudson Yards in New York is fun, but you must indulge in a bit of climbing to get there, so wear comfortable shoes. It is also open to the elements, and the weather on the top can be different from what you experience on the ground. Come prepared.
Other attractions at Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, and usually, visitors hang around in the area before or after going up on the Vessel.
There are lots of things to see and activities to do at Hudson yards.
Edge is on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards building and is New York’s latest observation deck after the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, and One World Observatory.
It is 345 meters (1,131 feet) tall and is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.
If you want to try both the attractions at Hudson Yards, we suggest the Edge + Vessel combo ticket, which comes with a 10% discount.
High Line Park
The High Line is a 2.4 km (1.5 miles) long iconic urban park built on a historic, elevated rail line running 30 feet above street level.
High Line runs the perimeter of Hudson Yards, along the west side of Manhattan.
The main entrance of the High Line is on 30th Street by 10 Hudson Yards, and visitors can experience nature, arts programs, performances, niche music shows, exhibitions, etc.
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