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The only sightseeing cruise that completely circles Manhattan. See all of NYC's landmarks from temperature-controlled indoor seats or our huge outdoor deck.

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Our World Famous Best of New York Cruise

Experience the only sightseeing cruise in New York City that completely goes around the island of Manhattan in our temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art boats.

During this 2 hour and 30 minute cruise you’ll cruise along all three NYC rivers, pass under 20 bridges and see over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Manhattan skyline , Little Island , Hudson Yards , One World Trade Center , Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Brooklyn , Yankee Stadium , the George Washington Bridge and, of course, an up close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island !

Our world-famous tour guides tell the story of New York City as you journey around the full island and enjoy the best sightseeing experience NYC has to offer!

Please Note In the rare event that extreme high tides or other occasions out of our control prevent us from circumnavigating the entire island of Manhattan as planned, we'll modify our route to still give you a fantastic 200+ landmarks tour. If you have concerns, please give us a call as early as 9:30 AM the morning of the day you plan to take a cruise (212) 563-3200.

What you'll see

Our flagship cruise with the best views + every NYC landmark

Sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty while our award winning tour guides narrate every detail along your route.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Standing 1,250’ (381m) tall, it was the world's tallest building from 1931 until the World Trade Center was completed in 1972.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Classic Art Deco architecture, the building dons gargoyles that depict car ornaments and a spire modeled on a radiator grille.

High Line

An extraordinary 1.45 mile-long (2.33 km) elevated park built on an abandoned section of a former railroad.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Standing 305’ (93m) tall, Lady Liberty has welcomed visitors since she was bequeathed to America from France in 1886.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

The busiest US immigrant port processed over 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is a historic area in New York City. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1883, its 276’ (84m) high towers are built of limestone, granite and cement.

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Constructed in 1901, the Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge, connecting Lower Manhattan with Downtown Brooklyn.

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

Designed by an international team of architects, the UN is an international zone with its own fire department and postal service.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion

This federal-style home, currently the residence of NYC mayors, was once a country estate, an ice-cream parlor and a museum.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

In its 85+ year history, this “cathedral to baseball” has hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games.

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

The world’s busiest suspension bridge spans the Hudson River and carries over 103 million vehicles per year.

Onboard Amenities

Our state-of-the-art boats come equipped with almost everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable cruise.

Unparalleled Views Pick a seat on the outdoor deck or enjoy the view from the huge panoramic windows in our temperature-controlled indoor cabins.

Did You Say ... Incredible Outdoor Deck The best way to see NYC and Lady Liberty is "al fresco" - outside in the fresh air, enjoying the cool breezes and the warm sunshine. It doesn't get better than this!

Temperature-Controlled Indoor Space Whether it's hot or cold, rainy or sunny, we have a temperature-controlled indoor deck with plenty of seating for everyone

Onboard Café *Freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks available to purchase.

Refreshing Drinks *Enjoy a full bar serving hot and cold beverages including beer, wine and cocktails.

Free WiFi No need to wait to upload your favorite photos and selfies!

GW Bridge

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While we kindly ask that you refrain from bringing outside food or beverages, we've got you covered with a fully stocked snack bar and a delightful selection of beer, wine, and cocktails available onboard.

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If you're driving to Pier 83 we've got parking for you!

We offer convenient parking just steps away from our boats. We have a parking attendant and security personnel to ensure the safety of your vehicle and we offer covered parking as well.

Our daily rates start at $35.

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Smoking is not permitted on Circle Line’s regular sightseeing cruises including Liberty Midtown, Liberty Super Express, Statue at Sunset, Landmarks, Best of New York and Harbor Lights.*

Smoking may be permitted in designated areas on Circle Line’s Music Cruises, Bear Mountain Cruises, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve Cruises. Please plan your trip accordingly.

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The 12 best boat tours in NYC in 2024

All aboard! Book these NYC boat tours for incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks

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Annalise Mantz

In all of planet Earth, there is no other skyline quite like that of New York City. Whether by air or by land , the Big Apple’s skyscrapers and landmarks are iconic. But there’s one way of touring NYC that beats out the rest, hands down—by boat.  Whether from the upper deck of a yacht or hunkered down on a speedboat, views from the harbor show NYC at its absolute finest. From the Statue of Liberty to the One World Trade Center, you can take in all the biggest sights without dealing with packed subway cars and endless traffic jams. Below are some of the Big Apple’s biggest and best boat tours.

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Best NYC boat tours

1.  luxury brunch, lunch or dinner harbor cruise.

Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

So this is how to really do an NYC boat tour. Choose which fine dining food option you fancy and then settle into a blissful tour around New York Harbor, with a live pianist your exceptional aural entertainment. And sure, the luxury dining and the music might be pretty good but you wait until you gaze out across the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center from your private table with 360-degree panoramic views. 

Don't miss: The sultry sounds of the onboard jazz pianist who's on a mission to get people dancing.  

2.  Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

Perfect for the sightseer who knows exactly what he or she wants, this Circle Line express tour goes right to the Statue of Liberty – no pit stops this time. Listen to an expert guide point out some lower Manhattan landmarks before pausing for photos right next to Lady Liberty. And since this cruise only takes an hour, it’s easy to fit into even the busiest itinerary.

Don't miss: The perfect photo opp of the famous sculpture and other harbor landmarks. 

3.  NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

Here’s one for the schmoozy, romantic vacationers who are seeking a maximum NYC experience. This sunset sailing cruise with a live jazz band will have you gazing (and jiving) out as the sun drops below Manhattan. Sitting on a 1920s sailing boat, you’ll sail past NYC’s biggest landmarks (including the Statue of Liberty) while a live band plays a mix of beloved classics to contemporary R&B renditions. With an alcoholic drink in hand, live jazz in your ears, and the city lights sparkling in your eyes across the water, you’re in for a swingingly good time.

Don't miss:  Asking the band to play your favorite tune.

4.  Manhattan: Private Sailing Yacht Cruise

Manhattan: Private Sailing Yacht Cruise

Don’t want to share your views of the city skyline? You don’t have to on this private tour of the Hudson River at sunset. It’s your party, so you can bring any food or drinks you like on board. You’ll feel like a high roller as you kick back on your private yacht for the evening.

Don't miss: Chill with your crew on any of the three lounge areas, including the outdoor deck and sun pad. 

5.  Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise

Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise

How better to get your bearing in a city as enormous as NYC than by circumnavigation? The Circle Line’s two-and-a-half-hour tour does a full loop of Manhattan Island, taking passengers past plenty of the city’s most popular sights in the process. Spanning three rivers and all five boroughs, you’ll even pass within touching distance of Lady Liberty herself. In other words, get your camera ready!

Don't miss: Non-English speakers can download the Circle Line app for a translated commentary. 

6.  New York City: Alive After Five Cocktail Cruise

New York City: Alive After Five Cocktail Cruise

Get a taste of the Big Apple’s nightlife scene with this happy hour boat tour on the Hudson River. The Alive After Five cocktail cruise has everything you need: a fully stocked bar, a dance floor, and a killer DJ. Did someone say tequila? 

Don't miss:  Views of the Manhattan skyline as the sun goes down and the lights turn on. 

7.  New York Water Taxi Cruises

New York Water Taxi Cruises

You can't miss the water taxis, they look just like the car versions: big, bright and yellow. These little beauties cruise round New York Harbor daily, passing major sites like the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. You can stay on and complete the entire loop in 70 minutes, or hop on and off as you please, exploring the greats eats, shops and attractions in NYC's waterside neighborhoods.

Don't miss: They have a team that can help you create a custom route for your journey. 

8.  AIANY: Manhattan Architecture Tour Cruise

AIANY: Manhattan Architecture Tour Cruise

The area south of 59th Street is packed with architecturally significant buildings: the Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center just to name a few. This 90-minute boat tour on a 1920s yacht is led by a member of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, meaning architecturally speaking, you’re in good hands. With their guidance, you’ll cover all of Manhattan’s most significant structures, plus the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Don't miss: Sip complimentary beer, wine or Champagne from the bar while you learn about infrastructure, parks and architecture.

9.  Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

Put your purse away, because the Staten Island Ferry is totally free. That's right, in one of the most expensive cities in the world, you can find a free ride. This old chugger has been going since before any bridges were built, transporting folks from the 'burbs to Manhattan in 25 minutes. Boats leave South Ferry at Battery Park and run 24 hours a day.

Don't miss: The stunning panoramas of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

10.  New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

Fresh air, ocean waves, a free drink and front row (floating) seats to one of the most famous sunsets in the world. It’s fair to say that this leisurely cruise on the Schooner America 2.0 really does have it all. Sit back and relax as the crew guides this 1800s style sailboat out into the harbor while deep gold light wraps up the city. You’ll glide peacefully past landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as the sun dips behind the Manhattan skyline. What better way to say “goodbye” to a perfect NYC day?

Don't miss : Your complimentary drink that you get to sip on board.

11.  Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride

Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride

Adrenaline junkies will want to book tickets for this supercharged half-hour ride through New York Harbor. The 70-foot speedboat known as the  Beast  zooms toward the Statue of Liberty at 45 miles per hour, kicking up plenty of waves. In fact, the ride can get so intense that guides recommend wearing wetsuits.

Don't miss : The ride is accompanied by a thumping soundtrack to really kick things into high gear.

12.  NYC: Statue of Liberty Day Sail with Onboard Bar

NYC: Statue of Liberty Day Sail with Onboard Bar

This historic experience will have you feeling like you've just stepped into the heart of  The Great Gatsby— or really any other seafaring period drama. Sail Manhattan has two vessels for this experience—the 1920s restored Shearwater sailing boat, and The Clipper, a majestic tall ship with billowing sails. You’ll sail down the Hudson River on one of these spectacular ships, with the aim of the 1.5-hour sail to give you an awe-inspiring (and crowd-free) view of NYC’s biggest landmark hits. 

Don't miss : The open bar that's slinging drinks all hour long.

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Taking a boat ride in NYC is one of the best ways to see a different perspective of the Big Apple. While there are lots of different tours in New York City , a cruise can be a more relaxing way to go sightseeing.

Not only that but there are all kinds of New York City boat tours that you can do, from leisurely harbor rides and buffet cruises to exciting speedboat and sailing adventures. All of these tours go past some of the Big Apple’s most popular attractions, like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course, there are unique aspects to each boat ride, so I’ll tell you what to expect from each one.

In a nutshell, these are the 7 best boat tours in NYC:

  • Statue of Liberty Boat Tour
  • Champagne Sunset Yacht Cruise
  • NYC Buffet Dinner Cruise
  • The Beast Speedboat Ride
  • Architecture Yacht Cruise
  • 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise
  • Harbor Lights Night Cruise

Also, before we begin, I’ll tell you that several of these tours are included in the New York Pass and the New York Sightseeing Pass , so consider reading our guide to the best NY city passes .

1. Statue of Liberty cruise, a fun New York City boat tour

First, this one-hour cruise is a quick and affordable NYC boat ride that I recommend if you’re short on time but want to enjoy some sightseeing.

During the tour, which is led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll sail around New York Harbor, past some of the top attractions that make the Big Apple so iconic. The highlight of this NYC sightseeing cruise is the Statue of Liberty , which you’ll see up-close from the water. Your boat will get within 100 feet of Lady Liberty, so you’ll be able to see the full splendor of her 305-ft frame.

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Not only is this one of the best Statue of Liberty tours for people on a budget, but it also takes you past other top landmarks along the way. For example, you’ll sail past Ellis Island , Governor’s Island , and the South Street Seaport .

As you make your way along the Hudson River, your guide will point out important skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan, like the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower . Then, sail under the Brooklyn Bridge , the most famous bridge in NYC , and make your way up the East River to see Manhattan from the other side.

You can take this tour year-round since there is indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a cash bar on board. Also, if you have the New York Pass , this NY boat tour is included.

  • Price : $30+
  • Duration : 1 hour
  • Highlights : Sightseeing cruise around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and past both sides of Lower Manhattan

2. Champagne sunset yacht cruise, a romantic boat tour in New York City

For a fun girl’s night or a romantic date with your partner, consider this champagne cruise . The two-hour sightseeing tour takes you through New York Harbor on the Schooner America 2.0, an 1800s-style sailboat. You’ll depart from Chelsea Piers just before sunset, so you can enjoy the warm breeze as you peacefully glide down the Hudson River.

The vessel is operated by a professional sailing captain and crew, who will expertly navigate the schooner through the harbor. If it’s a chilly evening, the crew will hand out blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the views of the NY skyline at golden hour.

Schooner America 2.0, sunset cruise in nyc

Capture photos of the setting sun behind the Statue of Liberty , sail past Ellis Island and circle around Battery Park to see the other side of Manhattan. If the weather is good, your captain may take you past Governor’s Island and Manhattan’s Financial District , too.

Moreover, your ticket includes one complimentary cocktail, and you can purchase additional drinks throughout the tour. With the flowing drinks and sunset views, this scenic cruise along the harbor is one of the best things to do in NYC as a couple . Plus, the tour is included in the New York Sightseeing Pass .

  • Price : $86
  • Duration : 2 hours
  • Highlights : Sunset cruise on an 1800s-style sailboat, champagne service, views of Ellis Island, Liberty Island, The Battery, and other landmarks

3. NYC buffet dinner cruise, the best NYC boat tour for couples

Another fun NYC boat tour that you can do as a couple is this brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise through New York Harbor. Spend a couple of hours cruising on the water while enjoying a gourmet chef-prepared meal, live entertainment, and views of the city’s most famous attractions.

You’ll climb aboard the Bateaux New York, a luxurious European-inspired vessel with indoor seating and open-air decks. This glass-enclosed boat is perfect for an NYC sightseeing cruise , as you can stay inside without missing any of the beautiful views and landmarks.

Depart from Chelsea Piers and cruise down the Hudson River, past Midtown and Lower Manhattan’s west side. The tour includes live narration, so you can learn more about the city skyline and its most iconic buildings. You’ll see the Statue of Liberty , One World Trade Center , the Brooklyn Bridge , and more.

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This romantic NYC cruise has a brunch, lunch, and dinner option, so it’s up to you when to take the tour. Brunch includes bottomless mimosas and items like cinnamon French toast and seasonal fruit, or you can enjoy spinach salad, roasted salmon Provençale, and butter cake on the lunch tour.

That said, I think this cruise is one of the best things to do in NYC at night , as the dinner menu includes things like lobster bisque, tuna tartare, hand-carved strip loin, and New York-style cheesecake. You’ll also get to listen to live entertainment by a jazz pianist while seeing the Manhattan skyline after dark.

  • Price : $105+
  • Duration : 2-3 hours
  • Highlights : Sightseeing cruise through New York Harbor with live entertainment and a gourmet 3-course meal

4. The Beast speedboat ride, an exciting boat tour in New York City

For a change of pace, check out this speedboat tour , an epic boat ride that’s both thrilling and educational.

Take a seat on the deck and hold onto the handrails, because you’re in for an incredible adventure. The Beast is a 70-foot sightseeing speedboat that will take you past the highlights of the NYC skyline at speeds up to 45 mph. Your tour is accompanied by a heart-pumping soundtrack and a professional and charismatic guide who will point out all the beautiful sights.

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Feel the wind in your hair and the spray of water on your face as you speed past Lower Manhattan, catching views of the Empire State Building , One World Trade Center , and Battery Park . Then, jet over to the Statue of Liberty , where your captain will cut the engine so you can take a breath and marvel at Lady Liberty. Afterward, it’s time to get back to the action and continue zipping through the harbor.

You won’t find a New York harbor boat tour quite like this, and it’s one of the best things to do in Manhattan with family or friends.

  • Duration : 30 minutes
  • Highlights : Speedboat tour through New York Harbor, photo ops of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty

5. Architecture yacht cruise around Manhattan, an interesting NYC boat cruise

This yacht cruise is the perfect mix of sightseeing and education, so if you’re looking for an enlightening activity to do for a few hours, I recommend it.

You’ll hop aboard a beautiful 1920s-style yacht with a guide from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. They’ll share interesting facts, history, info, and tidbits of trivia about the Manhattan skyline, including how it has changed over the decades and the different architectural styles you can see.

As you sail along the waterfront, you’ll learn about the city’s development and how it grew into one of the most famous urban centers in the world. Your guide will shed new light on the Woolworth Building , monuments like the 9/11 Memorial , Wall Street’s Art Deco buildings, and the “starchitecture” of downtown NYC.

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Witness Frank Gehry’s contribution to the New York skyline by viewing the Beekman Tower and the IAC Building from the boat, and check out the Tower Verre in Midtown, which was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

As this NYC yacht cruise circumnavigates Manhattan Island, you’ll sail under all 18 bridges, comparing and contrasting the architectural structure and style of each. While you enjoy some spectacular sightseeing, you’ll learn more about some of Manhattan’s most iconic condos, the public housing renewal project along the East River, and postwar revitalization efforts to improve the city’s buildings.

  • Price : $106+
  • Duration : 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Highlights : Sightseeing cruise led by a knowledgeable guide who will share insights about the city’s most famous architectural marvels

6. 90-minute landmarks cruise, the best sightseeing boat ride in New York City

This 90-minute New York City river cruise is another affordable option if you want to see several popular landmarks in one tour. During this boat ride, you’ll travel down the Hudson River and get stunning views of Midtown and Lower Manhattan’s west side. While you sail along, your tour guide will tell you interesting stories and trivia about the Big Apple and some of its top attractions.

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Enjoy a sightseeing tour from the water, and get awesome views of the Empire State Building , the Freedom Tower , Manhattan’s waterfront parks, and Ellis Island . Your boat will also approach Liberty Island, allowing you to get up-close views of the Statue of Liberty . As you make your way back to the pier, you’ll go under the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, two historical landmarks in Brooklyn .

So, if you’re looking for a boat tour that gives you a good overview of Manhattan’s top sights, this Hudson River sightseeing cruise is a great choice, and it’s included in the New York Pass .

  • Price : $37+
  • Duration : 1.5 hours
  • Highlights : Boat tour past Midtown and Lower Manhattan attractions, including Liberty and Ellis Islands

7. Harbor Lights night cruise, the best evening boat ride in New York City

Finally, this evening cruise is a beautiful night tour through New York Harbor, and a great way to see the Manhattan skyline lit up after dark. Take a serene boat ride with climate-controlled indoor seating and an outdoor deck. The tour includes live commentary from an expert guide and some of the most unique perspectives of NYC’s most famous attractions.

You’ll set sail on this New York City night cruise right before sunset, so you’ll get the advantage of seeing the lovely views at golden hour and after dark. Cruise under the Manhattan Bridge and sail past the Freedom Tower , the Empire State Building , Titanic Pier , and Battery Park . Then, head over to Liberty and Ellis Islands , where you’ll get a closer look at the Ellis Island Immigration Station and the Statue of Liberty .

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As you make your way back to Manhattan, you’ll pass Governor’s Island , the South Street Seaport , and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum . As you pass under the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, keep an eye out for the Chrysler Building and the United Nations Building .

There is a fully stocked bar on the boat, so enjoy sipping on a cocktail while witnessing the magnificent views. As you can imagine, this tour would be a fun thing to do in New York City with your friends or partner, and it’s also included in the New York Pass .

  • Price : $41+
  • Highlights : Twilight cruise around Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island

There you have it for the 7 best boat tours in New York City ! If you have any questions about these NYC boat rides , or you’d like to share your experience, please leave me a comment below. I’d be happy to answer you. Until then, have a great time cruising through New York Harbor!

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The 9 new york city boat tours with the best views.

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The 9 New York City Boat Tours

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Taking a boat tour is a must-do when visiting New York City , as it gives you a full view of the mighty Manhattan skyline and many of its famous bridges and buildings. Whether you're looking for a leisurely kayak trip along the Hudson River or a romantic sunset sail, you'll find a cruise to suit your interests. Consulting both expert opinion and traveler sentiment, U.S. News gathered nine of the best New York City boat tours.

Classic Harbor Line – AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Price: Adults from $116; students from $86 Duration: 2.75 hours

Admire some of the city's most significant architecture on this cruise from Classic Harbor Line. With a member of the American Institute of Architects as your guide, you'll spot towering residential buildings, Little Island at Pier 55 and more. Guides will also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting impacts on cities. Reviewers who enjoy the cruise's quiet, intimate atmosphere describe it as the highlight of their trip and say it offers a unique perspective compared to other boat cruises in the city.

Tours depart once or twice daily; between January and March, tours only operate Thursday through Sunday. The company also offers sunset, brunch and jazz cruises.

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Circle Line Sightseeing – Best of NYC Cruise

Price: Adults from $47; kids from $38 Duration: 2.5 hours

See all of the Big Apple's top landmarks with this cruise from Circle Line Sightseeing. The tour, which departs from Pier 83, completely circles Manhattan. During the trip, you'll see the Empire State Building , the Statue of Liberty , the Brooklyn Bridge , Yankee Stadium and more. Reviewers say the tour provides a great overview of the city and describe onboard guides as engaging storytellers. Others note that if there's a high tide you will not be able to do a full circle of Manhattan.

Tours typically depart multiple times daily, though specific times vary depending on the season. Boats are equipped with free Wi-Fi and an onboard cafe. The company also offers an express cruise to the Statue of Liberty and an evening Harbor Lights cruise, among others.

The BEAST Speedboat Ride

Price: Adults from $32; kids from $25 Duration: 30 minutes

Those who love a good thrill may want to check out The BEAST Speedboat Ride. The boat reaches speeds of about 45 mph as it makes its way from Pier 83 to the Statue of Liberty. Reviewers say the ride is fast and fun and warn you'll likely get wet if you sit in the back.

Tours, which last about 30 minutes, run from early May through the end of September and depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

New York Media Boat – Adventure Sightseeing Tour

Price: Adults from $99; kids from $75 Duration: 1 hour

Designed for photographers, the Adventure Sightseeing Tour takes riders on a U.S. Navy-designed boat past key city sights like the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Chelsea Piers, among others. The captain stops the boat multiple times throughout the narrated cruise for photo opportunities. Participants praise the informative guides and say the tour is a great option for kids, who are sure to enjoy the thrilling boat speeds. Others say the cruise delivers on its promise of yielding great photos.

Tours run multiple times daily. The company also offers private charters.

Manhattan Kayak Company – Skyline Kayak Tour

Price: From $65 Duration: 90 minutes

For a unique perspective of the New York skyline, consider this tour from Manhattan Kayak Company. The Skyline Kayak Tour, designed for kayakers with little to no experience, spends some time teaching you how to kayak followed by a paddle on the Hudson River. The tour includes a few stops so that guides can share information about the city's history. Reviewers say it is a great value and a fun way to see the city.

Participants must be 12 or older, and kids 12 to 14 must be in a tandem kayak with an adult. Tourgoers must also weigh less than 225 pounds. Tours depart at varying times Thursday through Tuesday. There is an occasional Wednesday tour during the fall months. Manhattan Kayak Company also offers intermediate and advanced kayak tours, as well as stand-up paddleboard tours.

City Experiences – New York Signature Brunch Cruise

Price: Adults from $74; kids from $63 Duration: 2 hours

This tour glides by sites like the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center while you enjoy a buffet brunch complete with unlimited mimosas, music, games and open-air decks. Reviewers say the staff is welcoming and they had a great experience.

The tour departs from Pier 61 on Sundays at noon. City Experiences also offers a traditional sightseeing cruise of the city.

Manhattan By Sail – Clipper City Day Sail

Price: Adults from $60; kids from $35 Duration: 90 minutes

This cruise takes you around the city on the largest tall ship in New York City. The boat offers large decks perfect for enjoying skyline views – as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – as you cruise around the New York harbor. Plus, you can purchase snacks and drinks on board. Reviewers describe the tour as interesting, relaxing and informative and say the crew is personal and professional.

Tours operate weekly, though specific days and times vary. Manhattan By Sail also operates a Wine & Jazz cruise, a sunset cruise and more.

City Experiences – New York Bateaux Premier Lunch Cruise

Price: Adults from $72; kids from $53 Duration: 2 hours

Enjoy an elegant cruise on a European-style, glass-enclosed boat with Bateaux New York (operated by City Experiences). The cruise, which takes passengers past top New York City landmarks, also includes a buffet lunch, a pianist and narration about the city. Alcohol is available for an additional cost, and casual attire is recommended. Reviewers say the service is excellent, though the food receives mixed reviews.

Cruises depart weekly, though specific times and days vary. Bateaux New York also operates brunch and dinner cruises.

Brooklyn Sail – Group Sail

Price: From $80 Duration: 2.5 hours

Climb aboard the Enchantress with just five other passengers for a cruise with Brooklyn Sail. During your outing, you'll see Governors Island, Tribeca, the Statue of Liberty and more. Plus, you're welcome to bring your own food and drink (though the company asks you to avoid red wine and messy foods). Tour-takers say it's an amazing experience, with many noting it makes a great gift.

Tours depart several times daily, but sailings are limited in the colder months. The ship departs from Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park . Brooklyn Sail also runs private charters and offers sailing lessons.

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Classic Harbor Line in NYC: The 20 Best Tours in 2024

Classic Harbor Line in NYC: The 20 Best Tours in 2024

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Taking Classic Harbor Line boat tours in New York City is still an insider secret. For me, this boat tour operator is my absolute favorite! Compared to Circle Line Cruises (which are undoubtedly also great!) the tours with Classic Harbor Line are even better and more personal.

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One of their highlights are the ships themselves; there are several wooden boats made in the style of 1920s yachts (they are called Manhattan, Manhattan II, and Kingston) and the sailing ships named America 2.0 and Adirondack. One thing I can promise you:

THE ATMOSPHERE IS UNIQUE AND REALLY SPECIAL!

What can you expect? Wonderful sailing tours towards the Statue of Liberty , sunset cruises, boat tours with live jazz, wine tastings and much more. They even offer tours out of New York City towards the Hudson Valley.

I’ve taken almost all of the tours they offer, so if you have any questions about them, feel free to contact me!

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What boat tours are available from Classic Harbor Line? A comparison of the best!

For me, a boat tour is an essential part of every trip to New York City. There is hardly a more relaxing way to enjoy the skyline, which is stunning to see during the day, at sunset, and at night, when the moon and the illuminated buildings are reflecting in the water. It doesn‘t get any better.

After taking classic Circle Line Cruises on my first few visits (they are included with almost all New York sightseeing passes), I wanted to try something new; that’s how Classic Harbor Line came to my attention. If you’re looking for something really special that’s off the beaten path, Classic Harbor Line cruises are perfect!

You can see the most popular sailing and boating tours here in my table – there’s more below!

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Which Cruise Is The Best?

It was very difficult to pick the best, because all of them were amazing. However, if I had to settle on four, they would be these:

  • The 2-Hour Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on America 2.0 – it is my number one choice of all boat tours in New York.
  • The Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner .
  • The Live Jazz City Lights Sail and
  • The Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise that takes you once around the island of Manhattan.

OK, one more I have to mention: during Christmas time, the Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols is incredible!

Sightseeing with Classic Harbor Line: All Routes

Routes of the sailing tours and the statue & skyline cruise.

The different boat tours take you along these sights – as you can see, some routes are identical, they are just sailed at different times of the day.

Classic Harbor Line Routes

Route of the architecture boat tour

The special thing about this tour is that it leads once completely around the island of Manhattan. I have done it myself and was surprised what the lesser known north side has to offer!

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All Classic Harbor Line Cruises in New York City

Here I have compiled all the boat tours, in which you will find special tours for Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving , Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

Classic Harbor Line: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

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From one of our absolute favorite boat tours in New York there is also a Jazz Cruise. You are on board a luxury yacht in the style of the 1920s, which has a wonderful charm and is not to be compared with the big sightseeing ships. The jazz cruise starts at the Chelsea Piers and takes you along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and the harbor of New York. On the way you can enjoy a wonderful view of the New York skyline and smooth jazz at the same time.

And the best part? The first drink is included in the price of the Jazz Cruise!

Classic Harbor Line: Architecture Yacht Cruise

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The architecture boat tour takes you around Manhattan in 2.5 hours. On a 30 meter long wooden ship in the style of the 1920s you can relax and learn a lot of interesting facts about the many small and large buildings of the city. The tour is super-relaxing and the price includes a drink (vino, soft drinks) and small snacks.

Classic Harbor Line: Champagne City Lights Cruise

Champagne City Lights Cruise NYC

We had an amazing time onboard the luxurious 1920s inspired motor yacht. Combine sightseeing with a romantic evening and step onboard the 1920s inspired boat at Pier 62 (Chelsea Piers – W. 22nd and Hudson River). During the 90-minutes long tour, you’ll get to see iconic NYC sights along the water and most importantly breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Especially in the summer, you can admire the most beautiful sunset during this special cruise. There is seating inside the yacht and outside seating as well.

Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Yacht Cruise

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Aboard the Manhattan 2, built in the style of a 1920s yacht, this wonderful boat tour takes you from Chelsea Piers south down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. I love the atmosphere here because it feels much more intimate and personal compared to the larger tourist boats. You can sit both inside and outside, enjoying a drink included in the price and of course the sunset. Fantastic!

2-Hour Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on America 2.0

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This sailing tour is one of the most enjoyable boat tours I’ve ever done in New York! On board on this 105-foot schooner you sail from the Chelsea Piers to the Statue of Liberty and can always see the beautiful skyline of Manhattan and New Jersey. Included in the price is a drink and guaranteed a lot of fun. 

Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Sail

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See the spectacular New York City sunset from the water aboard a beautiful 80-foot sailing ship. Sail past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Battery Park, and enjoy a unique view of the iconic skyline with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

This brunch cruise is one of the most beautiful boat tours in New York. You sit aboard a 1920s-style ship with lots of wood and even more glass. The provider has several wonderful boat tours in the program, of which we have already tried four (and all were great!).

Start at Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers – this is where you board. First you start towards the George Washington Bridge, then turn south to the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge . You can enjoy the view of the New York skyline and have a delicious brunch with New York specialties. The first drink (even champagne!) is even included in the price.

Live Jazz City Lights Sail

Live Jazz City Lights Sail

This 90-minute live jazz sail is one of the best NYC sails I’ve ever done. You’ll sail from Chelsea Piers to New York Harbor, always with the beautiful skyline and Statue of Liberty in view. What you can expect on the Live Jazz City Lights Sail and why you should definitely do it, I’ll tell you in my report!

Cruises for special events

Valentine’s day.

My tip: Here you can find my guide to Valentine’s Day in New York .

Classic Harbor Line: Romantic Valentine's Day Champagne Cruise

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a romantic champagne cruise on Classic Harbor Line in New York City. Set sail on a luxury yacht and take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

As you cruise along the Hudson River, you and your loved one will be treated to a selection of fine champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres, served by the friendly and attentive staff. You’ll also have the opportunity to dance to live music or simply relax and enjoy each other’s company as you take in the stunning views.

This unforgettable experience is the perfect way to celebrate your love and create lasting memories with your special someone. Book your tickets now for the Classic Harbor Line Valentine’s Day Champagne Cruise and make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Fall Foliage Cruises by Classic Harbor Line

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Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

The New York City Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise is one of the best boat tours you can take in New York in the fall. You’ll see an incredible amount of nature as you make your way up the Hudson River – that was something that really surprised me personally. On top of that, this Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise takes place on a very beautiful 1920’s style ship. The atmosphere is really great!

The ship takes you from Pier 62 towards Palisades Park and the George Washington Bridge. You will pass the last part of Manhattan on your right with the Upper West Side and Harlem and go under the impressive George Washington Bridge, the only bridge that connects the state of New Jersey with the state of New York. And on your left you will be able to admire Palisades Park in New Jersey. 

Classic Harbor Line: Afternoon Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

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Come aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II and experience this fall cruise on a 1920s-style boat. The tour departs from Chelsea Piers and then heads north on the Hudson River. Sights include the Hudson River Valley, Palisades Park and the George Washington Bridge. 

The price includes a delicious menu consisting of soup, salad, sandwich and fall-themed cookies, as well as a complimentary beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Other drinks are available for purchase at the bar.

Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

On this tour you are on board the Manhattan, a beautiful boat in the style of the yachts of the 1920s. Lots of wood and glass await you and you can either enjoy the view of the colorful autumn leaves in the heated salon or go out on the outside deck.

The cruise starts at Chelsea Piers, not far from Hudson Yards. Afterwards, you can relax and cruise north along the Hudson River. On the way you can enjoy the view of the New York skyline and the ride under the George Washington Bridge.

On your left and right you will see the forested banks of the Hudson River.You will be surprised how many colorful autumn leaves you will see.  And the best part? The price of the 2.25-hour cruise even includes a free drink!

Hudson River Fall Foliage Afternoon Sail

Hudson River Fall Foliage Afternoon Sail

If you’re looking for a relaxing boat tour where you can experience fall in New York in a very special way, check out this 3.5-hour sailing tour.

You’ll be aboard the Schooner Adirondack or Schooner America 2.0, which depart from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers. It’s a leisurely sail from here toward the George Washington Bridge and the famous “Palisades” rock formations. Your destination? The Hudson Valley! 

On this autumnal sailing cruise you can enjoy the beautiful fall colors and just have a good time on board. I love sailing tours because it feels like a vacation on vacation to me. And in the fall, this one is one of my absolute favorites!

Classic Harbor Line Christmas & New Year’s Eve Cruises

Classic harbor line: sunset & holiday cocoa cruise.

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If you’re on a very special boat tour this holiday season, you’ll want to take a closer look at the Sunset & Holiday Cocoa Cruise. You will experience the sunset in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. For me, it is one of the absolute most beautiful tours you can do!

Classic Harbor Line: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

This Holiday Jazz Cruise aboard a 1920’s style luxury yacht is one of my absolute favorite tours in New York. The ship has a wonderful charm and cannot be compared to the big sightseeing ships. Holiday Jazz Cruise starts at the Chelsea Piers and takes you along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and the harbor of New York. On the way you can enjoy a wonderful view of the New York skyline and smooth jazz at the same time.

Classic Harbor Line: Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

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Why not spending time on a Christmas Holiday Cruise during Christmas in New York? Both locals and NYC visitors love the amazing Christmas Cruises New York City has to offer.

My favorite holiday cruise is the New York City Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise. The Jazz Band on board is fun and so talented which makes the New York City Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise even more entertaining. Relax in the heated main observation cabin, join in the caroling, and admire the city through the glassed-in observatory on the 1920s style yacht.

Classic Harbor Line: Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols (Statue & Skyline Holiday Cocoa Cruise)

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Make yourself comfortable on the old yacht from the 1920s and get into the Christmas mood during the Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise. This boat tour at Christmas time is one of my absolute favourites. It starts from Pier 62 (Chelsea Piers) on a beautifully decorated yacht. On the way through New York Harbor and the Hudson River, breathtaking views of the New York skyline, the One World Trade Center, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and of course the Statue of Liberty are guaranteed.

Classic Harbor Line: New Year's Eve Champagne Pairing Cruises (Pre-Dinner)

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From Classic Harbor Line’s New Year’s Eve Champagne Pairing Cruises, there are several options to choose from right now.

On this 90-minute pre-dinner Champagne & Cheese Pairing, you can enjoy three coordinated varieties of cheese and Champagne. And it’s aboard the Manhattan as well as the Manhattan II. Just amazing!

Classic Harbor Line: New Year's Eve Champagne Pairing Cruises (Post-Dinner)

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This is the 90-minute Post-Dinner Champagne & Dessert Pairing, where you’ll enjoy two coordinated desserts and Champagne. What I find  unique about this cruise is the vessel itself: the cruises will be hosted aboard a grand 1920s inspired yacht!

What is Classic Harbor Line in New York?

Classic Harbor Line is a New York boat tour operator that offers various sailing and sightseeing cruises in and around Manhattan and out of New York City. They also have cruises in Boston, Key West and New Port.

What can you do near Classic Harbor Line?

All boat tours in New York City start at Chelsea Piers. From here you can relax and explore the High Line, visit the Chelsea Market or go to one of the many galleries and exhibitions in Chelsea.

How long do the boat tours of Classic Harbor Line NYC last?

Classic Harbor Line boat tours last between 1.5 and 3.5 hours.

Where can I buy tickets for the Classic Harbor Line?

You can buy tickets for the Classic Harbor Line boat tours here.

Where do the Classic Harbor Line boat tours depart from?

The boat tours start at the Chelsea Piers not far from the High Line. The best way to get there is to take the subway A C E to “23rd St”. From there you can walk to your destination in ten minutes.

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Living in a city surrounded by two rivers means there are a lot of opportunities to get out on the water. As a local, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of boat rides and encourage you to do the same. 

Seeing the city from this perspective makes for a lovely outing and offers plenty of great photo-ops. 

This post compares New York City boat tours, including cruises around Manhattan and night cruises, ferries, speedboats, and sailboats.

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  • Most Affordable Boat Tour
  • Best Night Cruise

When writing this post I relied on my experience and that of my fellow local tour guides. I also looked at what members of our NYC Travel Tips Facebook group had to say.

Our group of over 340,000 members consists of locals, frequent visitors to NYC and newcomers to the city.

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BIGGEST VARIETY OF BOAT TOURS (CIRCLE LINE)

Probably the most popular, and most well-known cruise company is the Circle Line.

They offer 3 different sightseeing boat tours, as well as themed tours, such as a sunset tour . Below the details of each are provided.

All Circle Line cruises run daily and last between 1 to 3 hours.

Sightseeing commentary is provided throughout the tours and paid bars are onboard.

Where do Circle Line tours depart from?

All Circle Line boats leave from the west side of Midtown Manhattan, at West 42nd Street on the Hudson River.

The cost of the trip varies depending on which cruise you select.

Since Circle Line Cruises are included for free in the New York Pass, Explorer Pass, and New York Sightseeing Pass, you can save money by taking advantage of one of the tourist passes!

Read our guide about these tourist discount passes to find out if one is a good fit for you. 

Does Circle Line go around Manhattan?

Yes, they currently have two different cruises that will take you around Manhattan (more or less).

This company currently has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide.

Although there are some negative reviews, a majority of customers felt that the views and commentary provided on their cruise were excellent.

I've taken both day and night Circle Line tours over the years and have always been satisfied with the quality and experience.

TIP : Many of our NYC Travel Tips Facebook group members suggest that it's worth purchasing premium seating.

Liberty Cruise

This 1-hour cruise (also referred to as the Statue of Liberty Express) covers the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and One World Trade Center.

Circle Line Liberty Cruise Route Map

This cruise gets very positive reviews.

  • Departs several times daily
  • Adult - $31 | Child - $26 

Included for free with the purchase of many of the tourist discount passes .

This cruise is sometimes included in a combo package with a Big Bus hop-on-hop-off bus ticket .

If you're interested in visiting Liberty Island, read our post on Statue of Liberty cruises for more details.

Landmark Cruise  

This 90-minute cruise focuses on Lower and Midtown Manhattan, with the highlights being views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other notable architecture.  

Circle Line Landmark Cruise Route Map

This cruise also gets very positive reviews.

  • Departs 2-3 times daily.
  • Adult - $37 | Child - $31 | Senior - $34

Included for free with the purchase of any of the tourist discount passes . 

Best of NYC Cruise

This 2.5-hour NYC sightseeing cruise circles around the entire island of Manhattan and includes commentary on the Lady Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem, and Yankee Stadium, among other things.  

This is their flagship tour and it offers excellent views of the Manhattan skyline.

Circle Line Best of NYC Route Map

  • Adult - $44 | Child - $37
  • Departs 2 - 3 times per day

This cruise is included for free with the New York Pass and the NYC Explorer Pass, both tourist discount cards.  

MOST THRILLING SPEEDBOAT TOUR (THE BEAST)

The Beast is exactly that! It's fast, furious and a fun way to enjoy New York City's water!

I've taken my nieces and nephews on this ride and though I was a bit nervous, they had a blast!

Needless to say, if you are traveling with kids, take them on The Beast.

Operated by the Circle Line company mentioned above, the Beast travels at 45 mph (73 kph) and gets within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty.

The Beast Speedboat Ride has earned a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide.

Very few people have left negative reviews, indicating that this speedboat tour is a pretty fun experience. 

How much does the Beast NYC cost?

  • $30 - Adult | $25 - Child
  • Departs every hour on the hour 11 am – 6 pm from Pier 81 ( map ).
  • Available Wednesday - Sunday.

The Beast is included for free in at least one of the NYC tourist attraction passes , such as the Go City Explorer Pass.

RIB New York

A RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable Boat) is safe, exciting, and perfect for sightseeing.

With speeds of up to 50 mph, there’s a good chance that you’ll get splashed while seeing such popular sites as the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, The World Trade Center, and more.

Tickets start at $39 per person

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MOST RELAXING SAILBOAT TOUR (MANHATTAN BY SAIL)

This isn't the kind of boating adventure you probably had in mind when you planned your trip to New York City.

But when you think about it, sailboats were once the only way to travel the city's waterways.

As a history lover who likes to get out on the water, I loved sailing around New York City. I could imagine what it was like during the colonial era!

  Ticket prices are a bit higher than some other options on our list, but you can also enjoy some of these services for free with various attraction passes .

Manhattan by Sail 

Manhattan by Sail has 2 types of boats, the Shearwater and Clipper City, each offering a variety of tours.

Sailing adventures include trips near the Statue of Liberty, NYC Skyline sightseeing, and sunset outings around the city.

Manhattan by Sail is a good option for those using a tourist pass, as some of these passes typically include this service.

Currently, Manhattan by Sail offers at least one of their cruises on the New York Sightseeing Pass.

  • Adult Tickets: $45 and up
  • Child Tickets: $25 and up

Much like their competitors, Manhattan by Sail has received respectable reviews with an overall score of at least 4½ out of 5 stars .

Guests note that the prices are very reasonable and they provide excellent service. Customers also report that it’s easy to move around on the boat despite the boats being crowded sometimes.

Classic Harbor Line  

There are 3 types of boats available, the Luxury Yacht Manhattan, the Schooner Adirondack, and the Schooner America 2.0.

Each offers different tours of surrounding sites, as well as a brunch option. You can expect sails at sunset, around the Statue of Liberty and tours that provide views of the NYC skyline.

  • Adults: $60 and up
  • Children: $28 and up

Reviews for this service are pretty good, with most people giving Classic Harbor Line at least 4 ½ out of 5 stars .

The only complaint anyone had was that the boats may be crowded at times.

Aside from those issues, most people report that the views are spectacular and the service is excellent.

MOST AFFORDABLE BOAT TOUR (FERRIES)

One of the best things you can do in NYC without spending a lot of money is to take a ride on the NYC Ferry .

Though it's a commuter service, it can be used like a traditional boat tour. It costs just $4 per person.

As it travels along the East River from neighborhood to neighborhood, you'll see a lot of the city and the views are amazing .

You can get off the ferry at any of the stops, though to get back on again, you will have to pay for a new ride. Still, at such a low cost, it's worth using the ferry like a hop-on, hop-off tour!

If you’re looking for transportation that will allow you to enjoy a self-guided tour of NYC, this is one of the most affordable options.

Though it isn't a cruise company, the NYC Ferry has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor.

My fellow tour guides and I take these ferries all the time as a way to get around the city quickly. Plus the view is a whole lot better than looking out of a subway car window!

Learn more about this ferry line and others from our visitor's guide to riding NYC ferries .

New York Water Taxi 

Like its competitors, New York Water Taxi offers a hop-on-hop-off boat service that takes 90 minutes to complete.

New York Water Taxi

However, you are free to jump off and explore the city at your own pace, hopping back on whenever you wish at several stops throughout the city.

NYWT offers 6 piers to explore compared to the 4 offered by City Sightseeing.

Although this isn’t technically a boat tour, they do provide recorded narration describing some of the sights you’ll see on the cruise.

New York Water Taxi Route Map

This company runs about as frequently as similar services.

With a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Viator, New York Water Taxi might be more popular than its competition.  

Ticket Costs:

  • $37 - Adult | $26 - Child
  • Departure every 30 - 40 minutes from each stop (10 am to 7 pm).

All-Day Access Passes are sometimes available at no extra cost with the New York Pass. This is not currently being offered, but it will likely return to the pass very shortly.

City Sightseeing Cruise

This is a hop-on, hop-off service with several terminals.

This boat makes stops at South Street, DUMBO, the World Financial Center, and Midtown. City Sightseeing also offers twilight and night tours.

Hop-on, Hop-off Boat Tours NYC

They also offer a rainy day guarantee, which allows you to use your boat ticket at several popular indoor attractions.

The entire route takes 90 minutes if you do not get off. 

  • $35 - Adult | $25 - Child
  • Schedule posted below

The cruise service is also usually included for free with the purchase of the Sightseeing Pass and in their multi-day bus passes .

BEST NIGHT CRUISE (CIRCLE LINE)

Interested in hearing some great live music while drifting along the water or are you looking to wine and dine that someone special? Night cruises offer both these experiences.

You can read about the many options from our complete post on the best dinner cruises in NYC in which we provide a list of the best dining cruises in the city based on 5 criteria: lowest price, best dinner, best music, most romantic, and best specialty cruise.

We also include information about saving money on these services with tourist passes and offer sites, so you can get a good deal on your dinner cruise.

Circle Line

If you're looking for a sunset cruise, consider one of these below outings.

This company offers a 60-minute Statue by Night Tour. See the Statue of Liberty after dark!

Cruises depart at 7:30 pm (19:30) from Pier 16/South Street Seaport ( map ).

Harbor Lights Tour

There is also a 90-minute Harbor Lights Tour which departs just before sunset so you can enjoy the skyline while the sun goes down!

Departs at 7 pm (19:00) from Pier 81 ( map ).

This cruise is well-reviewed.

  • Adults/$41 | Children/$34

Included for free with the purchase of the New York Pass and the Explorer Pass.

Statue by Night Cruise

  • $31 – Adult | $19 – Child
  • Departs at 7:30 pm (19:30) from Pier 16/South Street Seaport ( map )

What Boat Ride in NYC is Free?

This section summarizes the various free, and almost free, options for you to get out on the water of NYC.

Though none of these options are "official" boat tours, each offers guests incredible views of the New York skyline, Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and more.  

  • Staten Island Ferry
  • East River Ferry
  • IKEA Shuttle Ferry
  • Kayaking + Rowb oats

Budget Tip:  If you are planning on purchasing the one of the New York City tourist passes, most have boat tours included in the price. Read our post to see if one of New York tourist passes are for you . 

1.   Staten Island Ferry  

This may be the best-known "secret" in the Big Apple. This is a free commuter ferry.

It just so happens that this ferry offers one of the best views of the New York skyline including a pretty close look at the  Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The ferry departs Lower Manhattan and takes approximately 25 minutes to reach Staten Island, where you could get off and explore or just get back on and return to Manhattan. The ferry departs from Whitehall Terminal.  

The Staten Island Ferry operates 24 hours a day, so consider making this also a fantastic thing to do at night for a sparkling view of the city. 

Riding the ferry before or after our Lower Manhattan Tour  is a great way to spend half a day without spending half your budget!

We also offer this tour as a GPS-enabled audio tour .

Wall Street to Whitehall

2.  NYC Ferry  

This is the cheapest boat ride in NYC, after the free Staten Island Ferry.  This is also a commuter ferry and costs the same as a subway, just $4 one way. 

The East River Ferry connects Lower and Midtown Manhattan making stops in Brooklyn and in Queens along the way.

In the summer, the ferry also goes to  Governors Island , located just near the tip of Manhattan.

From start to finish a ride is about 45 minutes.

Riding the ferry will give you great views of Lower Manhattan , the Freedom Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge (you ride right under it), the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge and more.

Read our NYC Ferry  post for all the details, schedules, stops and how to buy your ticket.

3. Water Taxi IKEA Shuttle Ferry  

This ferry service runs from Wall Street Terminal to Red Hook in Brooklyn.

It's free on weekends and $5 on weekdays. If you make at least a $10 purchase at IKEA, then your weekday ride is free.

It's a great way to get to the cool NYC neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn and back without taking the subway.

4. Free Kayaking

The Downtown Boathouse , one of the organizations that run the kayak rides is an all-volunteer organization. Donations are accepted.

They have four locations: Pier 26, Governors Island, Pier 40 and Pier 96.  

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse also offers free kayaking, where you can kayak underneath the Brooklyn Bridge .

Kayaking-in-New-York-City

5.  Village Community Boathouse  

Perfect for a more adventurous soul, Village Community Boathouse offers guests the chance to participate in completely free community rowing sessions after dusk from April - November.  

On Sundays they also have an additional rowing session at noon, as well as a variety of other activities intermittently throughout the year.

During the winter, guests can join in for a free boat-building lesson.

Is the Statue of Liberty ferry free?

No. Although there are many ways to save money on this activity, it is not free to visit the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty ferry is the only way to reach this island. If you only want to see the landmark from a short distance, consider taking a Statue of Liberty cruise instead.

For more details, read our post covering how to visit the Statue of Liberty .

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The best NYC Boat Tours & Dinner Cruises

Surrounded by water on three sides, New York offers a wide variety of cruises that allow visitors to experience the city from a unique vantage point. Many of these tours will take you close to some of the city’s most famous water-based landmarks, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as allow you to enjoy dazzling views back across Manhattan.

For anyone planning a trip to the Big Apple, we’ve picked out some of the best cruises currently available, using factors such as pricing and previous customer reviews to make our choice. We hope our selection both informs and inspires you.

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8 Best Dinner Cruises In NYC To Book Right Now

With warm weather officially here, there's never been a better time for a dinner cruise around NYC waters!

Corey Fuller

Warm weather is officially here and it’s time to spend a New York City night cruising around the water! Going on dinner cruises is one of our favorite summer activities, and there are plenty of options available for you to book! We’re talking everything from buffet dinners on three-level ships to full prix-fix menus on top of glitzy yachts! Whether you’re planning a date night, or a night out on the town…these are the best dinner cruises in NYC you should reserve right now!

1. New York Signature Dinner Cruise

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Get up close and personal with NYC’s most iconic landmarks on this dinner cruise while you sail both the Hudson and the East River. You’ll pass by the World Trade Center, go under the Brooklyn Bridge and admire the city’s skyline along the way. Guests will be greeted to a buffet of hot and cold dishes, unlimited soft drinks and a fantastic live DJ performance!

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2. Dinner & Dancing Under The Stars on The Hudson River!

Midtown New York City urban skyline at night

Get your dancing shoes on, because this dinner cruise sailing out of Pier 40 is sure to be a night full of good eats and entertainment! This scenic 2.5 hour cruise around NYC harbors will provide guests a delicious buffet style meal, alongside a fully stocked bar! You’ll pass by Lady Liberty along the way, and will be treated to breathtaking views of the city we love so much!

Plus, after the sun goes down, you can dance the night away on the dance floor, where a DJ will be playing Latin, Hip-Hop, Pop, Oldies & much much more. It’s truly the perfect birthday celebration , date idea, or night out with friends!

3. Alive After Five

People on a dinner cruise around NYC

Are you ready for the most epic happy hour there is going right now? Climb aboard the Alive After Five dinner and drinks cruise, which is the perfect after work activity! The 2 hour cruise on City Cruises’ Sensation yacht is the perfect place to bring coworkers and enjoy some food and drink. The ship itself features climate-controlled decks, a covered roof deck, and multiple dance floors, so you can really set your own vibe.

Don’t forget about the food either! Depending on what tier ticket you buy, you’ll have access to pasta, Tex-Mex and more options. It departs from Pier 15 and goes from 6-8 pm!

4. Bateaux Dinner Cruise

A set dining table on the Bateaux Dinner Cruise in NYC

After you depart from Chelsea Piers, the Bateaux Diner Cruise will take guests on a 3 hour journey with a 3 course meal. You’ll be able to sail along the Hudson River and take in stunning Manhattan skyline views, all while feasting on some of the best cuisine on their glass enclosed deck. The menu features highlights like Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Miso-glazed Cod, Zucchini Fritters, and more. Plus, you can enjoy live jazz performances, their open-air deck upstairs, and cocktails along the way!

5. La Barca Cantina

La Barca Cantina

NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant , La Barca Cantina, is one of our favorite waterfront dining spots that also does cruises throughout the day! It’s docked on Pier 81 and serves all sorts of tasty Mexican bites including tacos, fiesta platters, and over 100 agave-based spirits and cocktails. Plus, they even have a special night event known as La Barca After Darka that features a DJ set with John Indigo, and the same breathtaking city views but at night when the city is sparkling.

6. Skyline Cruises

NEW YORK - AUGUST 2: The New York harbor on August 2, 2012 in New York. One of the largest natural harbors in the world, it's serviced by cruise lines, commuter ferries, and tourist excursion boats.

With 25 years of sailing the New York Harbor, Skyline Cruises puts on memorable experiences that are perfect for any occasion. Pass famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge during this 4-hour cruise. You’ll be served a mouthwatering 3-course meal. After dining, explore the climate-controlled cabin and three all-weather decks while enjoying the live entertainment and dance floor.

7. North River Lobster Company

North River Lobster Company cruising on the Hudson River

Seafood lovers it’s time to set sail with North River Lobster Company, NYC’s only floating lobster shack. Take a bite out of the world’s longest lobster roll (28 inches long) better known as The Shelley and the Lower East Side Lobster Roll, paired with a Midtown Mule or Sailor’s Spritz. Cruise durations vary between one to two hours. The massive boat departs from Pier 81 on 12th Avenue and 41st Street. Learn more about North River Lobster Company here .

8. Manhattan by Sail

Sailboat on the New York Harbor

Swap a massive cruise boat for a restored 1929 sailing ship with Manhattan by Sail’s Shearwater Classic Schooner. Passengers will climb aboard the self-described “pinnacle of Gatsby-era yacht building.” Guests are allowed to bring there own food, however, there will be a server on deck to bring you refreshments.

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Private charters, simple sightseeing in sophisticated style, nyc by sea is manhattan’s premier sightseeing cruise offering tourists an unforgettable experience aboard a luxurious 28′ powerboat cruiser., distinction.

NYC by SEA is the only limited-seating, powerboat charter that offers regularly scheduled daily tours of New York City.

Each one-hour excursion is limited to six passengers. Therefore, riders enjoy an unmatched level of comfort and relaxation.

REASONABLY PRICED

Luxury at a very affordable price. At only $85.00 for adults, and $60.00 for children 12 and under, NYC by SEA’s sightseeing tours offer unparalleled value.

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Let our U.S Coast Guard licensed captains guide you around historic New York Harbor. Enjoy the sights of the Hudson River, Battery Park, and the East River while you relax on your tour. Why sit aboard a crowded boat when you can enjoy an intimate cruise with your family and friends? NYC by SEA will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip to the Big Apple!

The hour long Manhattan sightseeing tour stops at the Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. We ensure that our passengers have ample time to photograph the most iconic landmarks in the world. Listen to the music of your choice as you lay back and enjoy a soft refreshment while cruising along in a top-of-the-line powerboat. NYC by SEA truly offers Simple Sightseeing in Sophisticated Style!

For a more custom itinerary, we offer private charters for any occasion. From a romantic evening with a loved one, to a celebratory night out with friends, or a once-in-a-lifetime view of Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, a private tour with NYC by SEA  offers a truly remarkable experience. Private charters are also a unique way to take out-of-town clients or international business associates sightseeing around Manhattan.

Bonus Amenities

Here at NYC by SEA , our goal is to make your tour as memorable as possible. We offer professionally edited souvenir videos of any excursion to commemorate your tour. The videos are recorded with a Sony HD camera, mounted on top of the boat. For added convenience, a written translation of the tour is available in Spanish, Italian, German, and French for our international guests.

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“truly a first class experience…”, “simply awesome”, “…amazing time on the tour…”, come join us in what will surely be the highlight of your trip to new york city.

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Looking for some fun family friendly activities to do in NYC? We offer the best NYC family boat rides! Get together with friends and family aboard one of our classic boats and enjoy some family activities in NYC! We’ll pass by all the best sights in New York City and cruise out to the Statue of Liberty for a close pass by this iconic NYC landmark. Conditions permitting, ask the Captain to let your kids drive the boat for a one-of-a-kind NYC sightseeing experience on our kid friendly NYC cruises! Learn about the best NYC historical icons and spend the day together on one of our NYC family fun boat tours.

Our family activities in NYC are the perfect amount of time, ranging from 1 to 2 hours aboard our classic boats. Let these NYC family boat rides captivate your children and cruise with us out into NY Harbor and enjoy the views from on deck!

Our sightseeing NYC family friendly boat tours are safe, fun, informative, and affordable. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has seven points to its crown that represent the seven continents of the world? Cruise with us past Ellis Island and see the Brooklyn Bridge from a distance. Watch boats dance on the water, and the buildings twinkle in the sunlight as you cruise in style and relaxation. Whether you’re looking for a day sail or a cruise on a classic motorboat, you are sure to enjoy your time with us on a family boat cruise that is kid friendly.

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