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Our most recommended New York City Cruises & Boat Tours

  • 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.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    2. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    Learn all about the unique history of Battery Park on a 30-minute guided tour with an experienced local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the 25-acre green park has a varied history and many classic monuments to explore. Find out essential facts surrounding the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial, Bosque Gardens and the circular Bosque Fountain. Finish up the walking tour at Castle Clinton, built in anticipation of the War of 1812. Positioned in the middle of the park, the castle acts as a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry for Liberty Island. Benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Lady Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Take a se...

    This was a great trip for a great price. Our guide, her name is Isabella I believe made the tour so much better. She is highly knowledgeable and very witty and funny. We loved the experience. I would highly recommend.

  • New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    3. New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Experience New York at sunset on a 2-hour cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family and coworkers - or even a totally random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch! With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge. Get ...

    Very easy to get there. Professional, kind and helpful staff. On time. Beautiful views and easy ti take photos. Very clean and perfectly organize sitting areas. I will recommend to my friends. Thanks,

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

    4. 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

    5. 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: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    6. NYC: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 45-minute express is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million...

    Damian was very knowledgeable and friendly, the captain was great. It was perfect amount of time to see Lady Liberty and take the perfect photos! Highly recommend!

  • New York Harbor: Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    7. New York Harbor: Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Enjoy a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise of New York Harbor and Manhattan Island as you discover the secrets of the city. You will circle Manhattan, passing 3 rivers, 7 major bridges – including the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge – 5 boroughs, and more than 101 sights in New York’s legendary skyline. Get close up to the Statue of Liberty and see Manhattan just as the great explorers would have seen in at the end of their long ocean journeys. Tour the city by water and see the outer boroughs drift by. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring the city that never sleeps to life, telling fascinating stories about the breathtaking sights as you sail. This popular cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island! Not only do you see the Best of New York, you see it all. Cruise highlights include: up-close views of the Statue of Liberty, Randall’s Island, High Bridge, Columbia University, Harlem, Gr...

    It was nice, our guide was great and very knowledgeable. Interesting and fun, beautiful day

  • NYC: Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

    8. NYC: Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

    Climb aboard the Manhattan, a cozy, elegant, 1920's-style yacht, and travel northbound on the Hudson River in style. Admire the last leaves of Fall in all their splendor through the skylights of the 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. Highlights along the way of this cruise include the beautiful Upper West Side of Manhattan and the majestic George Washington Bridge. The orange, golden, and brown leaves of Fall along the Hudson River Valley is one of New York's most dramatic geological features. Enjoy a complimentary alcoholic beverage, with additional non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Relax in comfort with indoor, climate-controlled assigned seating and outdoor seating available. So, come aboard this autumnal cruise and head n...

    Had a great time. Friendly people, great service and the views are spectacular. Thank you

  • New York: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

    9. New York: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

    Take a 60-minute cruise to enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a New York City sunset. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge and travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Watch the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Get up close to within 100-feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities as the sunsets. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and more. While aboard, make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase.

    I have family and friends coming from florida and this is a good idea to show them to see NYC. thank you. it was 7 of us

  • NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

    10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about New York City

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in New York?

    Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

  • Where to shop?

    From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

  • Where to eat?

    Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to New York City

Looking to take a bite out of the Big Apple? We've enlisted the help of New York City expert, Steffen, from Loving New York to help you make the most of your next trip. Read our tips below for your next visit to New York City.

What should I do on my first trip to New York City?

If it's your first time in New York, you should definitely visit one of the big observation platforms! You have several to choose from, but I recommend the Edge observation deck at the Hudson Yards and the One World Observatory. Also, take a boat tour to see New York from the water.

What are some hidden gems to see in New York City?

I'll tell you two of my favorite spots in New York: the Grand Banks at Pier 25 on the Hudson River and Domino Park in Williamsburg. Both places grant you sensational views of the city.

How much time should I spend in New York City?

To explore New York – and not feel stressed out – you want to stay at least 5 to 7 days. That way, you can visit the most important spots and still have time to let the city work its magic on you – but without the time pressure

What food is New York City known for?

I'm a total foodie – so New York is obviously paradise to me! Start with the typical Cream Cheese Bagels (for example at Russ & Daughters in the Lower East Side), try the Pastrami Sandwiches (at Katz' Delicatessen or the Pastrami Queen), and eat a typical New York Pizza Slice. And if you have a sweet tooth: Juniors has the best cheesecake in the city, hands down!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit New York City?

First-time visitors should always book their hotel in Manhattan – this way the distances are short and you can easily reach all the sights on foot. I like Soho, Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, and Murray Hill in particular.

What is the best way to get around New York City?

In New York, the best way to get around is on foot – or you can jump on a 'Citi Bike', which is super cheap to rent. We also like to use the NYC Ferries, which can shuttle you between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on the East River for the price of a one-way subway ride.

What are the best months to visit New York City?

It's worth visiting New York at any time of the year. But if I had to settle on individual months, I recommend May/June and September/October.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

There are so many different gastro spots in Williamsburg, the East Village, and West Village.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

New York and shopping simply go hand in hand, Great areas are SoHo, 5th Avenue, and the lower part of Broadway. Be sure to avoid the Times Square area for shopping at all costs – most stores are overpriced and true tourist traps!

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in New York City?

Exploring New York with the family is huge fun - I myself have been to our favorite city with my kids numerous times. Among my personal highlights is a trip to the Statue of Liberty, the visit to the One World Observatory, and Central Park with its lakes and playgrounds. Also really exciting is the Museum of Natural History, which will be familiar to many from the movie "Night at the Museum".

What is the best thing to do in New York City for solo travelers?

Make sure to take a sailing tour on the Hudson River. Many tours, one with on-board wine tasting, for example, start at Pier 62. This is a really relaxed way to travel and a fun way to meet new people.

What is the best thing to do in New York City for couples?

New York can also be quite romantic. A visit to the Empire State Building in the evening from 10 pm (from Thursday to Saturday) is a real highlight, not just for couples. During this time, a saxophonist plays on the observation deck. Also very enjoyable are the dinner cruises and a flight in a helicopter over New York.

What are the best annual events in New York City?

Among the most important events in New York are St. Patrick's Day in March, Gay Pride in June, of course, the 4th of July, and also the Macy's Parade – which is an absolute must-see.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 57,484 reviews

Live in CNY. Been to the city plenty of times but never have been here. Why did our family wait so long??? This was a great experience and rich in history. The views, AMAZING! Love the Big !

The tour was nice! The guide, Brian was funny and knowledgeable about all the sites. I would recommend this tour to others. Thanks!

Great trip! I was scouting spots to propose so the guided tour helped!

Totally loved it. It was our first concert and it sure was memorable.

Easy booking and quick efficient entry into the building.