New York Harbor
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Our most recommended New York Harbor Day Trips

  • NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

    1. NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

    Cruise New York City's famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht, the Manhattan, while listening to live jazz music on a 1.5-hour cruise. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous views of the New York skyline while enjoying a live jazz band which will play everything from classic jazz standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington, to new renditions of Motown songs, R&B grooves, and hits from today! The band does take requests, so please ask for your favorite, as they may very well know it! During your cruise, see many famous buildings and sights, including Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. An alcoholic drink is included to enjoy as you soak up the surrounding sights and the sounds.

    This was an amazing experience. I took my boyfriend who loves jazz for his birthday and he loved it. Music was great and being outside seeing the skyline and Statue of Liberty was very romantic. The crew were all very nice and even gave us a free drink at the end of the night.

  • New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

    2. New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

    Experience a beautiful New York City sunset and the illuminated skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan on a harbor cruise of the Hudson River. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous 360-degree views of the island from the open decks or glassed-in back-deck observatory. Marvel at the 1920s style décor of the boat, and take in stunning views of sights, including Battery Park and the South Street Seaport. Gaze at the towering monuments of the Financial District and sail past Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline.

    Beautiful evening, sailing around NYC. Beautiful boat,, wonderful staff, just perfect.

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

    3. 2-Hour Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on America 2.0

    Offering a premium sailing experience, the Schooner America 2.0 is the newest, largest, most elegant ship designed for the fleet. Added in 2011, the America 2.0 provides the most exceptional day sailing one can find in New York Harbor. Her design is influenced by the style of the late 1800s but incorporates technology of the 21st century, thus connecting the past and present beauty, history, and art of sailing in New York Harbor. A day sail on this 105-foot schooner is perfect for family outings, dates, and entertaining guests from out of town. A sail on America 2.0 is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. Within 5 minutes of leaving the dock, you'll forget the mayhem and noise of Manhattan street life as you feel the relaxing breeze of the harbor. Take in the famous Manhattan skyline as it was meant to be seen — from the water — plus spectacular views o...

    The crew was fantastic. Just the right amount of time and it’s a beautiful boat!

  • NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    4. NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    See the iconic sights of New York City with a helicopter flight over Manhattan. Depart from Downtown Manhattan or Westchester, avoid the traffic, and look on as the Big Apple’s famous skyline appears below you. Be amazed by aerial views of iconic landmarks that may include Central Park, Yankee Stadium (if there’s no game on), the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, depending on the option selected. Admire skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

    5. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

    Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

    Staff were all very professional and friendly. No tourist site announcements explaining the sites during the sailing so it's very peaceful & you can just enjoy the scenery & complimentary drink. Staff were avail to explain or answer site seeing questions & offered to take pics for us. Would highly recommend this sailing trip.

  • 2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

    6. 2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

    Experience New York in a whole new way on this 2-hour sailing trip aboard the Adirondack, an 80-foot, wooden pilot schooner. The noise and chaos of Manhattan will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto New York Harbor with the breeze in your hair. Sailing New York Harbor allows you to take in the famous Manhattan skyline as it was meant to be seen, from the water - plus you'll enjoy spectacular views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour heads south from Chelsea Piers and down the Hudson River to Battery Park, passing by Ellis Island and sailing out to the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy a complimentary drink, as well as additional drinks being available for purchase. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful, and safe experience for all guests. The engines will be shut down for as long as possible to ensure a true sailing experience.

    I cannot swim. I have a total fear of water. My wife persuaded me to go on the adventure. The Captain and sailors made em feel totally comfortable and very safe.

  • Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

    7. Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

    Leave the noise of the city behind and see New York in a new light. Sit back and marvel at the famous skyline from the comfort of the solarium on this gorgeous 80-foot 1920s style yacht. Get up close to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this 1.5-hour cruise. As you pass by such important sites at Battery Park, the financial district and South Street Seaport, your captain will provide an informative narration. Cruise the Hudson River and New York Harbor on the Manhattan. The Manhattan provides turn of the 19th century elegance and comfort, complete with teak decks and mahogany trim. The spectacular glassed-in observatory on the back deck is equipped with cushioned seating around conversation friendly tables. The observatory is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, providing panoramic views in the utmost comfort.

    We are New Yorkers and booked this just for the experience of being on a boat. We will certainly repeat. This was such a beautiful and comfortable experience. The interior of the ship was well spaced. We had a spacious and comfortable table that was partitioned off well. We ordered drinks and a cheese plate - all excellent. The service couldn't have been better and all staff super nice. I highly recommend doing this!

  • Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

    8. Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

    Enjoy a romantic brunch cruise of New York Harbor on board a classic 1920s schooner. The amazing 2-hour package includes a delicious buffet, tea and coffee service, as well as a champagne open bar. Feast on an assortment of sweet and savory delicacies as you take in the sights! You will be onboard the Shearwater, an 82-foot vintage 1920s schooner, built at the height of the Roaring Twenties. The personal yacht of Charles E. Dunlap, a prominent New York City industrialist, it had its heyday back in the time when yachting was a rare combination of elegance and adventure. Shearwater was recognized as a national landmark in March 2009, and features glorious Rangoon teak decks and mahogany paneled staterooms. Brunch menu: Smoked Salmon with Sliced Tomato, Onion & Capers Assorted Bagels with Cream Cheese, Butter & Jams Granola & Yogurt Parfaits Fresh Sliced Summer F...

    We enjoyed our NY sailing on the Hudson. Food and crew were awesome. We had delightful weather and close views of Statue of Liberty, Jersey shoreline, and NY ground zero.

  • New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

    9. New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

    Experience the most stylish means of viewing a New York sunset by sailing aboard the Schooner America 2.0. While sailing you will be treated to an alcoholic drink of your choice by an exceptional crew, as you watch the warm rays of the sun sink peacefully into the horizon. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city with your favorite companions when you board this 105-foot, 1800s-style vessel, America 2.0. She's perfect for romantic outings, entertaining friends from out of town, or just relaxing. This is sure to be an event you’ll want to experience again. Glide peacefully through the waters of the New York Harbor on the most relaxing, beautiful, and romantic excursion in the city. During your trip, take in the majestic colors of the sunset surrounding New York Harbor's skyline and iconic landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island. Heading south from Chelsea Piers a...

    My girlfriend and I had a great time on this cruise. It was mostly couples, very chill compared with most of the other cruises we saw that night. The crew was friendly and fun, and the whole experience was top-notch. Highly recommend.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Private Sailing Cruise

    10. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Private Sailing Cruise

    Enjoy a private 2-hour sailing charter around New York Harbor. Whether you are a local New Yorker or visiting New York City for the first time, this charter is an ideal way to take in the sights. Bring your friends and family in a group of up to 6 people.  Make your way to North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan, located across the street from the World Trade Center Complex. After meeting your Captain, climb onboard and set sail. Sit back, relax, and enjoy fantastic views of iconic landmarks nestled in the Manhattan skyline. See the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and the Freedom Tower, just to name a few. Get within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for incredible photos opportunities.

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What people are saying about New York Harbor

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 765 reviews

We are New Yorkers and booked this just for the experience of being on a boat. We will certainly repeat. This was such a beautiful and comfortable experience. The interior of the ship was well spaced. We had a spacious and comfortable table that was partitioned off well. We ordered drinks and a cheese plate - all excellent. The service couldn't have been better and all staff super nice. I highly recommend doing this!

Staff were all very professional and friendly. No tourist site announcements explaining the sites during the sailing so it's very peaceful & you can just enjoy the scenery & complimentary drink. Staff were avail to explain or answer site seeing questions & offered to take pics for us. Would highly recommend this sailing trip.

This was an amazing experience. I took my boyfriend who loves jazz for his birthday and he loved it. Music was great and being outside seeing the skyline and Statue of Liberty was very romantic. The crew were all very nice and even gave us a free drink at the end of the night.

The staff was super friendly, the views were breathtaking, the drinks were delicious and the band was awesome. We enjoyed ourselves so much I actually considered booking again for the following night. Lots to do and see in the area before or after the cruise.

Beautiful evening, sailing around NYC. Beautiful boat,, wonderful staff, just perfect.