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Our most recommended New York Harbor Viewing Points

  • 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    1. 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west side of Lower Manhattan, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat.  A multilingual audio tour is available in English, Italian, German, ...

    It was a really lovely experience. Although the statue wasn’t within touching distance as advertised, nonetheless, it was lovely seeing the statue up close. The service is really good. I missed the first booking, but I was able to reschedule the booking by paying a discounted fee. I, however, believe the tour guide could have been better. She was quite inaudible and it was difficult to follow. Perhaps the guide should focus on describing attractions on one side of the boat whilst departing the pier and focus on the attractions on the other side, when returning. That way, passengers will know what direction to focus on during the tour.

  • New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    2. New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    Step onboard the Bateaux New York for a 2 or 3-hour sightseeing cruise departing from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. The boat’s all-glass design, including curved ceiling and walls, provides the ultimate sightseeing experience, allowing for 180-degree views of notable New York City sights. As you sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admire the Manhattan skyline and well-known skyscrapers, such as the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. If you like, you can take in the sights from one of the open-air decks. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere and attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch or dinner lunch prepared by the chef, and be entertained by the pianist, who plays a variety of tunes throughout the cruise and provides interesting facts about New York’s famous attraction...

    A wonderful night out ! The staff were charming,courteous & attentive. Band was tight. Relaxing adult atmosphere. Noticed lots of fellow native New Yorkers ! Food was delicious & plentiful, served with precision timing. Already planing my next trip !

  • New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    3. New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Spend just 90 minutes to take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a Semi-Circle Cruise. You'll enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. See it all with fun and knowledgeable tour guides who bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. You’ll pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations – and then head back to Pier 83, the starting point for the tour.

    The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

  • NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

    4. 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.

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

    5. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

    Meet your guide in Battery Park at Castle Clinton, a former fort. For the comprehensive option, you will have a guided tour of both Liberty and Ellis Island. For the express option, you will have a guided tour of Liberty Island and you can visit Ellis Island on your own. For the pre-ferry tour, you will get the essential information prior to boarding and access to audioguides while on the island. With all options you will have roundtrip ferry tickets to both Liberty and Ellis Islands and entry into the Museums. You may stay as long as you wish after the tour. No Pedestal access.

    Although I was worried of the uncertainty, everything went smoothly, easy process, the guide were there to greet and guide. I like the fact that a confirmation was sent the day before, letting me know where to go and how to get there, that gave me a peace of mind. Instructions easy to follow, excellent.

  • NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Statue of Liberty & Guided Tour

    6. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Statue of Liberty & Guided Tour

    Take a 30-minute tour of the Statue of Liberty, and learn its unique history with a local guide. Then, explore the many artifacts of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on this inclusive experience. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets. Then, cross to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Museum. About 40% of current US citizens can trace their ancestors to Ellis Island. After concluding the self-guided portion of your tour, visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. These honor all those who lost their lives in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. See the 9/11 Museum with its over 10,000 artifacts. Learn how the events of that day impacted the world, and download and listen to the 'Witnessing History Tour" as you tour the exhibits. Explore also the exhibition detailing "The Hunt ...

    Overall, it was a wonderful tour package. We had 11am admission tickets for the 911 Memorial and Museum. The experience is very heavy, first hand accounts from survivors and honors for those who were lost. We used the audio tour option on our smart phones and made our way around, it took just over an hour. From there we walked to Battery Park and met Vivian, our tour guide for the State of Liberty/Ellis Island tour. My only gripe was we were no able to go into the Statue of Liberty, apparently it requires another ticket but we were not aware of that and it was too late to purchase a ticket when we were on the island. Vivian was wonderful, very informative and friendly. I would recommend this tour to others.

  • NYC: Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

    7. NYC: Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

    Aboard the deck of the grand 'Manhattan"'yacht, you will enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch with regional delicacies handpicked by New York City purveyors. A set brunch menu will be served per booking party at your own private table. Step aboard your climate-controlled, 1920s-style luxury yacht for a brunch you'll never forget. As you sip your champagne, Bloody Marys, or Mimosas (beer, wine, soda, and juice are also available and one free alcoholic beverage is included with your meal), you'll sail past the majestic George Washington Bridge and all the way down to Battery Park. You'll glide by the Empire State Building and the up-and-coming 1 World Trade. you'll also have a chance to salute the Statue of Liberty herself before you turn the corner and head past Governor's Island and the Brooklyn Bridge on your complete New York City skyline tour. This cruise is a perfect way to spend a lei...

    The cruise was great. The temperature was beautiful but a bit windy. It was fine because we could see everything from the comfort of our seats with the glass windows.Would definitely do this cruise again

  • NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    8. 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.

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ferry Tour and Ripley's

    9. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ferry Tour and Ripley's

    Your tour will begin with a 30-minute guided tour of Battery Park where you can learn its unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. Learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. Encounter Castle Clinton, which was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and was the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry to Liberty Island where you will benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. Receive priority access to the ferry Line to Liberty Island, before crossing New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty, where your ticket grants access to the pedestal and Pedestal Museum. Built by Gustave Eiffel, “Lady Liberty” was a gift to the United S...

  • Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

    10. 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!

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What people are saying about New York Harbor

Overall rating

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based on 5,313 reviews

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.

A wonderful night out ! The staff were charming,courteous & attentive. Band was tight. Relaxing adult atmosphere. Noticed lots of fellow native New Yorkers ! Food was delicious & plentiful, served with precision timing. Already planing my next trip !

The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

Excellent and informative! Our guide, Mike, was great! Highly recommend.

Best way to get a narrated version of the city from the water