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The beauty of the Hudson Valley by boat is a breathtaking experience. As you cruise with us you will take in the sights of the trees and view the peaks and dips of the earths landscape. This will leave you breathless in awe. Our yachts are also available to do a private boat charter up the Hudson River to many destinations along the river.  

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Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan

Climb aboard the  Manhattan , our cozy, elegant 1920s style yacht as we travel northbound on the Hudson River in style!  Admire the last leaves of fall in their splendor through the skylights of our ship’s heated and enclosed observatory. Observe New York’s most dramatic natural wonders and colorful foliage as the seasons change. Our brunch is a **three-course prix fixe menu served in a hybrid fashion of both ‘family style’ and buffet.**: freshly made New York bakery and pastry, salmon and lox, Chef’s seasonal salad with an Autumn twist, a roasted ham and more.  Includes a complimentary bloody Mary, mimosa, beer, wine or champagne. 

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Afternoon Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

Join us aboard the luxury yacht *Manhattan II* — our cozy, elegant, 1920s-style yacht — as we travel north-bound on the Hudson River in style! Admire the Palisades of the Hudson River through the skylights of our ship’s heated and enclosed observatory, or while catching the breeze on her bow. Observe New York’s most dramatic natural wonders and foliage as the seasons change. This is a spectacular season for cruising the Hudson River, north of NYC, will be a true delight for you and your guests. Join us on this autumn cruise out of the busy city of Manhattan north on the tree-lined, scenic Hudson River. Enjoy a Fall themed prix fixe menu: including homemade soup, seasonal salad with roasted pumpkin, candied walnuts and Chef’s maple vinaigrette, along with assorted tea sandwiches. One complimentary drink is also included! (Additional drinks available for purchase)

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Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Schooner Sail

See the last leaves of Fall in all their colorful splendor on our last scenic sail up the Hudson River to the Palisades. Forming a canyon of the Hudson River north of Fort Lee, New Jersey, the Palisades are among the most dramatic geologic features in New York City’s vicinity. Now you can observe this natural wonder from the seat with the best view on the water aboard the Schooner  Adirondack . We will be sailing so bundle up for this epic outdoor adventure up the Hudson River! (lots of warm layers, hats, gloves, and even a lap blanket depending on the temperature & the breeze!)

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Fall Foliage Cruise on Yacht Full Moon from Chelsea Piers

Climb aboard the yacht Full Moon — our cozy, elegant, Grebe Yacht — as we travel north to explore the grand foliage of the Palisades Park on the Hudson River. Admire the last leaves of fall in all their splendor through the open deck of our ship’s covered viewing area, or while catching the breeze on her bow. Observe New York’s most dramatic natural wonders and colorful foliage as the seasons change with a hot beverage in hand!

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Fall Foliage Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Climb aboard the Kingston — our cozy, elegant, 1920s-style yacht — as we travel northbound on the Hudson River in style! Admire the last leaves of fall in all their splendor through the large windowed salon of our ship’s heated and enclosed observatory, or while catching the breeze on her bow. Observe New York’s most dramatic natural wonders and colorful foliage as the seasons change.  

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AIANY Climate Change and Architecture Tour

The best way to understand the many facets of climate change in New York City is by traveling along its waterways….Join us aboard Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II for the *AIANY Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable Architecture and the Future of NYC * and learn about how climate change is affecting our city and people, and the actions NYC is taking to mitigate pending threats and reduce its carbon footprint. This tour will address the pressing need for sustainable design and greater resiliency, delving into how New York City is reducing fossil fuel consumption, strengthening its natural habitats, and reimagining its transportation infrastructure. The tour will also explore the importance of the environmental justice movement in New York City. (Offered on Fridays!) Continuing education credits available »

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Around Manhattan Holiday Brunch Cruise

You will find her warm, cozy, and spectacularly decorated within the main cabin — sure to bring you and your guests into the Spirit of the Season!  This around-Manhattan holiday-themed brunch cruise is packed with a bountiful holiday-themed menu. Our brunch is a **three-course prix fixe menu served in a hybrid fashion of both ‘family style’ and buffet. Expect fresh baked bagels, gingerbread muffins, cinnamon-apple pastries, seasonal fruit, spiced-glazed ham, harvest-mix salad, stuffed quiches, gluten-free waffle station with all the fixings, turkey sausage, spicy Bloody Marys, Mimosas, juices, coffee and tea. See Holiday activities we host! 

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Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting Cruise

Join us in NYC for a Champagne Valentine’s Day Cruise aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II.  As you cruise on the Yacht Manhattan II, you will be able to take in all the beauty the New York City skyline has to offer while cozying up and staying warm in our climate controlled observatory. This cruise has limited capacity to create an intimate, comfortable and quiet NY Harbor cruise.  This Valentine’s Day Cruise is one of the best date ideas in the city of Manhattan.  This romantic, intimate and breathtaking NYC Cruise is something that you will make a regular annual event on this special day. 

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Sunset Cocktail Cruise on Yacht Kingston

Join us aboard the most intimate classic yachts in town to take in the spectacular New York City Skyline at Sunset! You and only up to 48 other guests will be aboard one of our 1920s style water taxis to zip out on to the Hudson in style! Our identical “mini yacht”, Kingston is the smallest and newest power yacht in the Classic Harbor Line fleet. This is truly the best Sunset Cocktail Cruise in NY Harbor!

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Sunset Cruise on Full Moon from Chelsea Piers

Join us aboard one of the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and departs from Chelsea Piers for a cruise in New York Harbor at Sunset. Yacht Full Moon is equipped with comfortable seating and excellent views of the city skyline and New York harbor. Occasionally this cruise will take place on her sister ship the classic Yacht Kingston. This charming plumb-bowed mini-yacht features wrap-around seating to take in all the amazing views this city has to offer. Each excursion will feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. 

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Cruise the Hudson River aboard the Pride of the Hudson!

Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands aboard the luxurious Pride of the Hudson on the Hudson River! Your adventure will begin at Pride’s Landing in Newburgh, NY and your captain will narrate the sights along the way!

Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck or enjoy the comfort of our climate controlled main salon featuring huge wrap-around windows. Our friendly and professional crew will respond to all of your needs.

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Sightseeing tours starting from newburgh ny, cruises multiple days a week aboard the luxurious pride of the hudson.

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Cruise along the Hudson River  aboard the luxurious  Pride of the Hudson !

Your adventure will begin at Pride’s Landing in Newburgh, NY and your captain will narrate the sights along the way, including:

  • Washington’s Headquarters  – established as a historic site in 1850 because George Washington spent so much time here during the Revolutionary War!
  • Mount Beacon  – the highest point between the Catskills and the Atlantic Ocean. Beacon fires were built here during the Revolutionary War.
  • Bannerman Island  – this historic Island is known for its warehouse, built to resemble a Scottish Castle.
  • Breakneck Mountain  – legend has it that the mountain was named for a farmer’s bull that fell down the cliff and broke its neck. A granite quarry at its base supplied material for the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge, the base of the Statue of Liberty, and sidewalks in New York City.
  • Cold Spring – a quaint town known for its restaurants and antiques.
  • World’s End – the deepest point of the Hudson River. Explorers believed that the river stopped there, but eventually realized that after the sharp “S” bend it continued
  • Constitution Island  – during the Revolutionary War, chains were run from here to West Point.
  • West Point – the United States Military Academy at West Point boasts beautiful & historic buildings including Eisenhower Hall, their chapel, field house, & more.

Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck  or enjoy the comfort of our  climate controlled main salon  featuring huge wrap-around windows. Our friendly and professional crew will respond to all of your needs.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

All departures from Pride’s Landing; Newburgh, NY. Rain or Shine.

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Flowing from the scenic Adirondack Mountains and emptying into Upper New York Bay in the heart of New York City, the Hudson River has been immortalized in everything from art history to pop culture. Cruises along this historic waterway glide past famous city spots while offering breathtaking vistas of the state’s landscape.

During the early 19th century, the 315-mile river was the chief way to travel and transport goods through eastern New York State. The region’s lush riverbanks and woodlands served as the home and inspiration of the Hudson River School, a group of 19th century romantic landscape painters that included artists such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church.

Port stops may include legendary Sleepy Hollow or Franklin D. Roosevelt’s estate of Springwood. You might also venture to Kingston’s "Millionaire Row," where wealthy New York businessmen bought property during the 1800s, or visit the campus grounds of West Point Military Academy.

These cruises are hassle-free and easy to budget, as so much is included in one price that you pay up front, including riverboat accommodations, most meals and some activities on board and on land. 

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As the great Al Green (and later David Byrne of the Talking Heads) sang, “take me to the river,” let us head out to the home of some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Ellis Island National Monument and the Statue of Liberty along the Hudson River. The Hudson River is a 315-mile river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York originating in the Adirondack Mountains.  Hudson River boat tours are perfect for families, couples, and friends looking for something fun and exciting to do together without having to leave Manhattan

As a defining natural feature in a major region such as New York, you can drive across its bridges, admire its beauty from parks and historic sites, or enjoy the views from the best spot-the water!

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There are various options for your river cruise, depending on the time of day, year, what you’re celebrating, or if it’s just for a leisurely time on the water. But no matter when you go, you will see the magnificent NYC skyline from the west side and the Jersey City skyline from the east. So you will enjoy views from all directions.

The river flows almost entirely within the state, except for its final segment where it forms the boundary between New York and New Jersey.

And if you check the water periodically, you may see seals and the occasional dolphin playing with a kayaker , just a few of the over seventy creatures that call the Hudson River home. As one news report recently  noted, “The many creatures of the Hudson River may surprise you.” For the full eco-experience, go paddling on the Hudson! You can rent kayaks at Hudson River Park in lower Manhattan.

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Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner Cruises on the Hudson

If you would rather kick back and drink in the views over a sumptuous meal on the water, dining cruises are available throughout the year.

There is no better way to see the iconic views of New York City than from the climate-controlled glass-enclosed deck inspired by European design. Imagine the beautiful views from a luxurious perspective.

Lunch and brunch cruises are usually two hours, while dinner cruises are typically three hours. Lunch cruises tend to be more casual than dinner cruises, making them ideal for a family or group outing. On the other hand, dinner cruises specialize in accommodating couples and friend groups looking for more of a night out.

Whether it is for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you can expect a freshly prepared meal complete with salads and desserts to please your palate while enjoying curated music and light narration. Some even offer a live pianist to accompany your voyage.

Holiday Cruises on the Hudson River

A holiday harbor river cruise in New York City is a great way to see the city’s world-renowned landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Battery Park. There is something for everyone for all occasions, from Valentine’s Day and Easter to the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, and Mother’s Day.

You can celebrate virtually any holiday while cruising along to panoramic views.

Take your pick of brunch, lunch, or dinner holiday cruises. But book early–these always sell out.

The Palisades Cliffs

Sometimes, nature is the best tonic—even when visiting NYC. And If you’re in NYC during the fall, there’s no need to take a car to see the leaves change colors. You can simply hop on a boat. So climb aboard a Fall Foliage Cruise that meanders up the Hudson River. Be sure to marvel at the Palisade Cliffs just past the George Washington Bridge. The Palisades are a geological wonder that dates back to 200 million years ago and was almost lost to industry, but luckily you can still appreciate their unique history and explore them today.

And if you go during the Fall or Spring bird migration season, be sure to bring your binoculars! The Hudson River (and all of New York City ) is part of the Atlantic Flyway , so don’t miss this winged spectacle.

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Breakneck Ridge in Hudson Highlands State Park

Let’s say you still want to experience the Hudson River—but from a breathtaking vantage point that is outside NYC. Then consider a day trip to Breakneck Ridge, which is about 60 miles north of the city and accessible via Metro North train  (at Grand Central Station). It’s a hiking trail in the Hudson Highlands that winds through scenic forestland and past rocky cliffs. The trail’s name comes from its incline—it’s one of the steepest trails in the United States, with an average grade of about 45 degrees. So wear a sturdy pair of sneakers and watch your step!

Native Americans and European settlers used the area surrounding Breakneck Ridge for centuries as a place to hunt and fish. It was also a significant lookout point during the Revolutionary War called “Beacon Hill.”

Guaranteed: You will enjoy stunning panoramic views from atop Breakneck Ridge. The view is nothing short of spectacular.

In addition to being an excellent hiking destination, Breakneck Ridge also serves as part of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area . This organization works to protect beautiful natural areas throughout New York State.

The Hudson River has something for everyone. It’s where you go to see the grandeur of the NYC skyline or dazzling nature. Again, as a famous song says, “take me to the river.”

The Hudson River’s History

Experience a journey back in time as you cruise the Hudson River. This storied river has been a witness to American history, from the early days of Native American settlements to pivotal Revolutionary War moments. Imagine the river bustling with steamboats during the Industrial Revolution, a testament to America’s growth. Each bend in the river tells a tale, making your cruise not just a scenic excursion, but a voyage through the pages of history.

The Hudson River, a defining feature of New York’s landscape, has played a pivotal role in shaping both the state and the nation’s history. This majestic river, stretching 315 miles from the Adirondack Mountains to the Battery in New York City, has witnessed centuries of transformative events.

A Cruiser’s Guide to Photography

For photography enthusiasts, a Hudson River cruise is a dream come true. With the ever-changing landscapes and the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop, every click of the camera captures a unique story. The golden hour, just before sunset, offers magical lighting for perfect shots. Tips? Focus on contrasts – the tranquil waters against the vibrant cityscape. Whether you’re a pro or just starting, the Hudson offers a canvas for your photography aspirations.

Seasonal Splendors: The Hudson River Through the Year

The Hudson River is a chameleon, changing its hues and moods with the seasons. Summer brings sparkling waters and lively shores, while fall transforms the riverbanks into a tapestry of oranges and reds. Winter coats the landscape in serene whites and silvers, offering a tranquil beauty. Each season on the Hudson has its own charm, making it a year-round destination for those seeking natural beauty and a touch of adventure.

Day vs. Night: Two Faces of the Hudson River Cruise

Experiencing the Hudson River by day and night are two sides of the same coin. Daytime cruises offer clear views of the natural beauty and landmarks along the river, perfect for those who want to soak in every detail. As night falls, the river adopts a new persona – the city lights reflecting on the water create a dazzling spectacle, making evening cruises ideal for a romantic outing or a relaxing end to your day.

FAQs – Hudson River Cruises & Tours in 2024

What is the duration of the Hudson River cruise and boat tour? The duration of the Hudson River cruise and boat tour can vary from 2 hours to full-day experiences.

Is food and drink provided on the Hudson River cruise and boat tour? Yes, most boat tours and cruises provide food and drinks, including snacks and refreshments. Some cruises may offer a full meal service. It depends on which one you go for!

Are the Hudson River boat tours and cruises suitable for children? Yes, most boat tours and cruises are family-friendly and suitable for children of all ages.

What kind of boats are used for the Hudson River tours and cruises? The boats used for Hudson River tours and cruises vary in size, style, and amenities. Some are large, multi-deck boats, while others are smaller vessels.

Can I bring my own food and drinks on the Hudson River boat tour or cruise? Policies may vary, so it’s best to check with the operator beforehand. Some boat tours and cruises may allow you to bring your own food and drinks, while others may not.

What should I wear on a Hudson River boat tour or cruise? Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a light jacket or sweater as the temperature can change on the water. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

Is there a restroom on board the Hudson River boat tour or cruise?

Most boats have restrooms on board.

Do I need to book my Hudson River boat tour or cruise in advance? Yes, it is highly recommended to book in advance as these tours and cruises can get booked up quickly, especially during peak seasons.

Are the boat tours and cruises available year-round? While some boat tours and cruises operate year-round, others may be seasonal. It’s best to check with the specific operator to confirm availability during your desired travel dates.

Is there a guide on board during the Hudson River boat tour or cruise? Yes, most boat tours and cruises provide a knowledgeable guide who can provide information about the Hudson River, its history, and the surrounding landmarks.

What are the best times of year to take a Hudson River cruise? The best times for a Hudson River cruise are spring through fall, when the weather is pleasant. Autumn is particularly popular for the fall foliage.

Can I host a private event or party on a Hudson River cruise in 2024? City Cruises offers the option to host private events or parties. It’s best to get in touch with the City Cruises NYC team directly!

What landmarks and sights can I expect to see on a Hudson River cruise? On a Hudson River cruise, you’ll likely see famous New York landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Are there themed cruises available on the Hudson River? Yes, there are various themed cruises on the Hudson River, including sunset cruises, historical tours, and holiday-themed excursions.

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Experience a unique and sophisticated evening on the Louisa of the Seas. Enjoy an elegant dinner cruise like no other with the stunning backdrop of New York City. Immerse yourself in luxurious amenities and savor the special moments. Enjoy a unique experience designed to excite and delight.

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  • Chef created 6-course dinner served at table
  • One complimentary beer/wine
  • Unlimited soda, juice, tea, and coffee
  • Live music & DJ entertainment
  • Luxurious interior with full bar and outdoor deck
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Set sail aboard this Hudson River cruise for a relaxing journey around New York City’s skyline in its nighttime glory! Marvel at the illuminated cityscape and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center while learning about the city from the guide’s live narration. It’s a great way to cap off a day of sightseeing! up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

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  • Includes a 2-hour guided sightseeing cruise with live narration, and free onboard WiFi.
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  • Children under age 3 are admitted free of charge.
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  • The best way to see NYC and Lady Liberty is on the outer deck in the fresh air, enjoying the cool breezes and warm sunshine.

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Circle Line: Harbor Lights Sightseeing Cruise is located at Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises • 83 North River Piers West 42nd Street and, 12th Ave • New York , NY 10036

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Frequently Asked Questions about Circle Line: Harbor Lights Sightseeing Cruise

Where does the circle line harbor lights cruise depart from.

Circle Line cruises depart from Pier 83 in Midtown Manhattan, located at 83 North River Piers West 43rd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036. This Midtown location is on the Hudson River (not near the Grand Central Terminal).

Can I take the subway to get to the Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise departure point?

Yes, you can take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd Street; train B, D, F to 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd Street Grand Central Station. Follow directions below for the bus or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).

Can I take a bus to get to the Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise departure point?

Yes, from 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.

How long is the Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise?

The Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise is approx. 2 hours. Passengers begin boarding 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour departure.

Is there parking?

Circle Line offers convenient parking near the boats at Pier 83. Daily rates start at $35 (rates subject to change).

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

No, outside food and drinks are not allowed onboard. However, a variety of snacks and drinks are available for purchase on the boat.

Is this cruise appropriate for children?

Yes, the cruise is recommended for all ages. Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times. Passengers under the age of three are free of charge.

How close will the boat get to the Statue of Liberty?

The cruise sails within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty, giving passengers an amazing view.

What should I bring?

For this harbor lights cruise, it is recommended to bring a camera, sunglasses, a hat, a light jacket, and extra cash.

Are the boats wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the boats are wheelchair accessible.

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Your list of top things to do in the Hudson Valley has to include a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River! Enjoy clear views of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable sites aboard the Rip Van Winkle II.

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For over 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers a first-hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle II. From our location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, we provide a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline.

As you relax on the cool shaded deck of the Rip Van Winkle II, visit our beverage & snack bars for tasty refreshments. Your experienced guide will point out millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque Hudson River lighthouses and quaint, sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.

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Hudson River Cruises from New York City to Albany

Cruises on the Hudson River travel round trip from New York City to Upstate New York as far north as Albany. As you travel northward along the Hudson River, you’ll enjoy a very scenic ride with mountainous areas on both sides of the river during part of your journey. The Hudson Valley is sometimes compared to the Rhine Valley in Germany, because it is so picturesque. 

There are also many options for scenic cruises on the Hudson River in different cities and on different parts of the river. You’ll find single day or evening cruises that depart from New York City , Albany , Poughkeepsie , Newburgh and even as far north as Schuyerville , which is about 11 miles east of Saratoga Springs.

A day trip on the Hudson River can range in length from one hour up to nine hours. And an overnight cruise generally lasts about 7 nights.

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Breakneck Ridge on the Hudson River

Breakneck Ridge Mountain on the Hudson River

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Hudson River Facts

The Hudson River begins in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. It flows in a southerly direction for about 315 miles before reaching its mouth at the Upper New York Bay . A natural border is formed by the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey.

In addition to the Adirondack Mountains, there are a couple of other mountainous regions along the Hudson River. The Catskills and the Taconic Mountains are located on opposite sides of the river in the Hudson Valley. The Taconic Range has an elevation of about 3,800 feet. The mountains are located on the east side of the river and are connected to the Appalachian Mountains. On the west side of the Hudson, the Catskills are nearly 4,200 feet above sea level. This region of the Hudson is about 86 miles south of Albany.

To the south of the Hudson Valley, Bear Mountain is also a pretty area on the west side of the Hudson River. Not quite as tall as the other two mountain ranges, it reaches an elevation of about 1,300 feet. 

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Overlooking the Hudson River from Bear Mountain

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The Palisades are another elevated region of the Hudson River landscape. These steep cliffs rise to about 500 feet along the river and are located in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York.

Hudson River Cruise Destinations

On a Hudson River cruise, you’ll travel about 150 miles from New York City to Albany and then return to New York City. Some of the cities you’ll visit during your Hudson River cruise include Sleepy Hollow , Kingston , Catskill , Troy and Albany .

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Hudson River in Troy, New York

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In addition to the natural landscape that you’ll pass by along your journey, there are also some historical landmarks that are located on the Hudson River. A few of these sites are the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York; Thayer Hotel in West Point , New York; Bannerman’s Castle on Pollepel Island ; and the Walkway over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Only one major river cruise supplier offers overnight cruises on the Hudson River. American Cruise Lines has 6- to 7-night  itineraries available from late September through late October each year.

Blount Small Ship Adventures has a couple of 14-day packages that combine the Hudson River , Erie Canal and the St. Lawrence River .

You’ll find several options for day and evening river cruises on the Hudson . Dutch Apple Cruises has cruises available in Albany, Pride of the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, Mohawk Maiden Cruises in Schuylerville, and Circle Line Sightseeing for a river tour of New York City. 

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The 5 best nyc dinner cruises for food & views.

These dinner cruises provide some of the best views of Manhattan.

The Best NYC Dinner Cruises

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When you're strolling the streets of Manhattan, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude of the city, with its skyscrapers and densely packed landmarks. The solution? A boat ride. A breezy sail in New York Harbor can feature everything from an elegant dinner to a live jazz band to tacos and tequila. Read on to discover the top-rated New York City dinner cruise options as determined by travel expert opinion and recent reviews.

City Cruises New York Bateaux Premier Dinner Cruise

Price: From $144 Duration: 3 hours Standout perk: This all-glass boat delivers panoramic skyline views.

Climbing aboard the Bateaux feels like stepping into a greenhouse, with its glass-enclosed structure and water views in every direction. There are no bad seats on this boat, but as an upgrade you can reserve a window table for the best views of the Hudson River, the East River and the New York Harbor. This cruise is a match for anyone seeking elegance: The tables are covered in crisp white cloths, wine and cocktails are served in sparkling glasses, and a three-course a la carte dinner is served at a relaxed pace (no buffet here).

The Bateaux cruise is an experience to get dressed up for, where the dress code is semi-formal and dinner is accompanied by live music. The sunset can provide the perfect backdrop for pictures, and don't forget to snap a shot of the Statue of Liberty . Children younger than 6 are not permitted on this cruise, so expect a polished, for-adults atmosphere complete with creative cocktails and dancing under the stars. The Bateaux has rightfully earned a reputation for its fresh food; this three-course, plated menu includes several tempting a la carte options from a ravioli starter with crispy pancetta to osso bucco with cauliflower polenta.

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City Cruises New York Signature Dinner Cruise

Price: From $109 Duration: 2.5 hours Standout perk: A live DJ gives this dinner cruise an extra dose of atmosphere.

Looking for a casual night of dining and dancing with the addition of a skyline backdrop? This dinner cruise offers just that. Set sail from Chelsea Piers in a climate-controlled boat along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring New York City landmarks like the Empire State Building . For dinner, indulge in a chef-prepared buffet with a wide range of options from Greek salad to oven-roasted salmon with miso to Caribbean jerk braised pork. If you're bringing a sweet tooth on board, be sure to check out the ample dessert station.

After snapping some pictures on the open-air deck, return to the cabin for cocktails from the cash bar, interactive games and upbeat music from the onboard DJ.

Those traveling with young kids will be pleased to know that infants younger than 3 cruise free – so feel free to bring your little ones along to enjoy the experience with you.

La Barca Cantina

La Barca Cantina dinner cruise with lights on boat at night.

Price: Varies Duration: 2 hours Standout perk: You'll find an extensive tequila and mezcal list on board to accompany the Mexican fare.

One criticism of New York dinner cruises is that they don't offer good value for money, but the "taco boat" challenges that critique with ceviche, tacos, churros, cocktails and skyline views for an affordable price. Climb aboard a yacht at Pier 81 to experience a youthful, modern interpretation of a dinner cruise – think: low lighting, couches for lounging and three bars, complete with Latin pop, salsa and dance music playing in the background. Raise a glass while the yacht sails south on the Hudson River to check out world-famous Manhattan skyline views.

La Barca Cantina also offers a bottomless brunch cruise with a DJ, as well as special events.

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Classic Harbor Line NYC Evening Jazz Cruise

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Price: From $108 Duration: 1.5 hours Standout perk: A jazz trio typically featuring a sax, keyboard and drums plays live on board.

Listen to jazz standards aboard a 1920s-style yacht with this fun sightseeing cruise departing from Pier 62 in Chelsea Piers. Choose between kicking back in the climate-controlled cabin or on the open-air deck throughout this evening cruise, which includes views of Manhattan landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Live music is played outside on the deck or inside the salon, depending on the season (and the boat, Manhattan or Manhattan II).

While this cruise doesn't offer dinner, one complimentary alcoholic beverage is included, and a cash bar offers additional drinks and snacks. Listen to music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more as you sail past the twinkling Manhattan skyline. Those traveling in a group should keep in mind: Tickets are slightly discounted for groups of 4 to 16.

Circle Line New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Price: From $54 Duration: 2 hours Standout perk: This no-fuss, excellent-value cruise option has drinks and snacks available for purchase on board.

When you're craving panoramic views rather than a three-course meal, choose the Circle Line's Harbor Lights cruise departing from Pier 83. This sightseeing sailing delivers an up-close experience of the Manhattan skyline lights coming to life, while cruising past landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Chrysler Building . A live guide provides narration and historical context for what you're seeing. As the sun sets behind New Jersey, watch the glow of the sinking sun reflect in the windows of skyscrapers.

Food from the onboard cafe – like salads, sandwiches and snacks – as well as beer, wine and cocktails at the bar are available for purchase. This is an ideal situation for groups with varying levels of hunger and thirst. Sit alfresco in the breeze or indoors in the climate-controlled cabin – it's up to you.

Non-English-speaking guests can download the Circle Line app for narration available in several languages; just be sure to bring your own headset.

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The 6 Best Statue of Liberty Cruises + Tips From a Local

T he best view of New York might not be in the city itself, but from the harbor looking back at the skyline. Sightseeing cruises are a wonderful reminder that Manhattan is, in fact, an island, and getting out on the water offers a breezy cruise in addition to a fresh vantage point.

With a cold drink in hand, you'll see not just the Statue of Liberty , but also other top city landmarks from the Brooklyn Bridge to One World Trade Center. These boat tours allow visitors to zoom out and get a new perspective, then return to Manhattan refreshed by the wind, water, light and sheer size of the skyline.

There are different boat experiences to match every type of traveler, and here are some of the best.

Best Overall: Statue City Cruises

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Price: From $24.50

Duration: At your own pace, with ferries departing every 25 to 30 minutes

Standout perk: Admission to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island are included in this sightseeing cruise and ferry service to Lady Liberty.

The best overall value and experience belongs to Statue City Cruises, which combines the scenery of a sightseeing cruise with the in-depth experience of an attraction tour. Priority entry included with the ticket saves time at the departure point at The Battery . On board the round-trip ferry service, visitors will experience all the sweeping views of a New York Harbor cruise, including skyscrapers of the Financial District and beyond.

The first stop is Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty. Audio tours in a dozen languages are available so you can go at your own pace. Those interested can continue via boat service to Ellis Island, home to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, which contains several fascinating exhibits and the chance to look up your ancestors. Explore at your leisure, then utilize the ferry service back to lower Manhattan.

Local tip: Choose a time as early as possible in the morning for this experience. Ferry service and crowds at Lady Liberty grow throughout the day and swell on weekends; a weekday morning is the best choice.

Best for Adults: Manhattan by Sail's Day Sail – Shearwater

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Price: From $60 for adults

Duration: 90 minutes

Standout perk: This cruise provides a true sailing experience on a classic schooner.

Don't be surprised to bump into New Yorkers on the Shearwater, a schooner with tall sails that entices even jaded Manhattanites to go for a ride. Climb aboard this "Gatsby"-era boat, with capacity for 48 people, from the dock at North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place and set out on a sail down the Hudson River and into the New York Harbor. Trade city crowds for the open water with this cruise, complete with a cash bar, that offers up-close views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline.

This experience, conveniently available at different times throughout the day, is a match for adults seeking a more sophisticated sail – think: hip vibe, ample bar, music and an emphasis on service. Several upgrades are available, including sails that offer a wine tasting or live jazz on board. Every sailing offers the chance to snap your photograph with Lady Liberty herself, though you won't be disembarking at Liberty Island.

Local tip: Adults seeking a romantic cruise may want to opt for the Sunset Sail on the Shearwater Classic Schooner.

Best for Families: Circle Line's Liberty Super Express Downtown

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Price: From $29

Duration: 50 minutes

Standout perk: Maximize time with this express cruise, featuring convenient, regular departures.

Families with limited time (or kids with limited attention spans) may appreciate a quick express cruise option. This fast and friendly tour, at just 50 minutes, is a speedy way to get the experience of a boat cruise without it taking a bite out of your day. Hop aboard a boat with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – the sister company to New York Water Taxi – and choose between either the open air of the top deck or the temperature-controlled cabin. On a sunny day, the outdoor deck with its sea breeze is the place to be as the boat sails past the Statue of Liberty.

Get unobstructed views of Lady Liberty and snap some family photographs before returning to Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Quick, efficient and featuring live narration from a guide, this sightseeing ride is excellent value packed into a short time span.

Local tip: Kids interested in ships may want to visit the South Street Seaport Museum, near the cruise departure point, to see model ships and more.

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Best Budget: Staten Island Ferry

Price: Free

Duration: 25 minutes each way

Standout perk: Get out on the water to see the Statue of Liberty without paying a cent.

The best budget sightseeing cruise isn't a cruise at all, but rather a free mode of local transportation: the Staten Island Ferry. While many of even the most basic harbor cruises start at about $20, this ferry offers a completely free, ticketless cruise in the New York Harbor, bypassing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. With service every 30 minutes and no reservations or tickets required, the ferry is not only a steal price-wise, but also a convenient option for travelers who don't want to be tied down to a ticketed departure time.

Stand out on deck and admire views of Lady Liberty during this journey that crosses about 5 miles from Whitehall Street at the tip of lower Manhattan to St. George on Staten Island. The only drawback is that you must depart the ferry in Staten Island and reboard for the trip back to Manhattan – a small "price" to pay for a free boat ride in NYC.

Local tip: Visitors will want to avoid rush hour; these commuter boats can be crowded. Choose a time outside commuting rush hour to maximize the peaceful experience.

Best Luxury: Classic Harbor Line's Statue and Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

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Price: From $64 for adults

Duration: 1.5 hours

Standout perk: This intimate cruise on a 1920s-inspired yacht comes with one complimentary drink included.

Board a yacht at Pier 62 in Chelsea for a polished cruise including views of the New York Harbor's top landmark: the Statue of Liberty. Set sail in style aboard a yacht inspired by the roaring '20s, complete with a solarium and open-air decks as well as a climate-controlled cabin. Cruise down the west side of Manhattan and check out views of The Battery, the Financial District, Governor's Island and more.

Of all the available New York City harbor cruises, guests often praise this one for the quality of the staff running the Classic Harbor Line cruises. With an emphasis on service, an intimate group with a maximum of 80 passengers and an onboard stocked bar, this cruise offers a sophisticated option for seeing Lady Liberty.

Local tip: This cruise departs from Pier 62, which is home to a riverfront carousel for kids and a pretty stretch of Hudson River Park. Stop into Chelsea Market for some picnic supplies and relax in the park before your cruise.

Best Sunset Cruise: Circle Line's Harbor Lights

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Price: From $45

Duration: 2 hours

Standout perk: Watch the skyscrapers of the Manhattan skyline flicker to life.

Circle Line offers a variety of cruises with different itineraries. One of the most popular is the Harbor Lights tour, a cruise departing from Midtown Manhattan that includes golden sunset views and a photo stop at the Statue of Liberty. See NYC landmarks like Hudson Yards, Chelsea Piers and One World Trade Center before cruising out into the New York Harbor. You'll get to learn about New York from onboard narration as the itinerary continues past Liberty Island and beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

While the sun sets and the Manhattan skyscrapers flash to life, relax on the outdoor deck space and visit the onboard bar to purchase beer, wine, cocktails and light snacks. A temperature-controlled cabin is available for hot days. Wi-Fi is free on board and allows for easy posting of sunset photos.

Local tip: This cruise departs from Pier 83 in Midtown Manhattan. Arrive early to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at neighboring Pier 86.

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The full Advisory Council typically holds public meetings approximately six times each year. Members of the Trust’s staff attend such meetings to present information and to answer questions about the Park. Advisory Council meetings are scheduled by the Advisory Council Chair and are posted on this website page once meeting dates are calendared. Once announced, please check back here to confirm the meeting is still occurring as anticipated. In addition to the full Advisory Council, certain Advisory Council committees also meet as needed.

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Hudson River beaches reopen days after sewage released during sewer main repairs

By tom shea • published june 10, 2024 • updated on june 10, 2024 at 2:15 pm.

The advisory against swimming and boating in part of the Hudson River in Westchester County has been lifted, days after sewage was released into the water just north of New York City while repairs were being made.

The Westchester County Department of Health said Friday that recreational activities in the water from Peekskill down to Yonkers should be avoided while a sewer force main was being fixed. That included temporarily shutting down Croton Park Beach and Philise Manor Beach.

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On Monday, the county said swimming could resume at those beaches and the water was cleared for boating once again.

The advisory was initially put in place after the county's Department of Environmental Facilities said it was working to repair a section of 24-inch cast iron pipe after a break in a sewer force main in Ossining. The pipe needed to be excavated, then the section cut out and replaced before encased in concrete.

As those repairs were going on, partially treated sewage was discharged at Croton River Road in Ossining, according to the health department. During the time when the repairs were ongoing, up to a million gallons of partially treated sewage were expected to be released into the Hudson River every day, the health department said.

Fortunately, the fixes were completed Friday evening, meaning the sewage was dumped into the river for less than a day. The county said the advisory was kept in place until Monday afternoon — nearly three full days after the fixes were made — in order to ensure there was enough tidal movement in the water to adequately dilute the partially treated sewage.

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