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Boat Trips Around Manhattan

See the sights and the skyline from the water


Sail ho! Test your sea legs by taking a boat or ferry trip around Manhattan. What better way to spend a hot afternoon than taking in some fresh(er) air and exploring the New York Harbor?

Whether you're showing off our fair city to visitors or playing tourist for the day, taking to the water is a great way to see breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and other NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Chelsea Screamer

This high-speed boat whips travelers around the lower Hudson River and New York Bay, right past the top sights: The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Wear your bathing suit or be prepared to drip for the rest of the day.

Board the boat: Pier 62, near West 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Cost: $20 adults, $15 kids under 12

Circle Line Cruise

There's a reason that the Circle Line remains so popular with tourists. The company offers five different sightseeing cruises around Manhattan -- from a 75-minute hop around Ellis Island and the Statue of Libery to a full-fledged, 3-hour tour that covers all five boroughs, seven bridges, and more than twenty landmarks. You can also schedule an enchanting evening Circle Line cruise for a perfect getaway from your usual sightseeing routine.

Board the boat: Pier 83, near West 42nd Street and the Hudson River
Cost: Ticket prices range from $12 to $30 depending on the length and type of cruise

New York Water Taxi

New York Water Taxi offers an all-around New York City boating experience. Enjoy a happy hour harbor trip at twilight, travel in style to Shea Stadium for a Mets game, or head out on an eco-cruise and tour Audobon bird populations around low-lying areas.

The taxi is an ideal way to explore Manhattan as well – a day pass lets you hop on and off the boat at many different locations along the Hudson River.

Board the boat: Hudson River and West 44th Street, West 34th Street, Christopher Street, World Financial Center, Battery Park, Fulton Ferry Landing, and South Street Seaport
Cost: $18-20, depending on the cruise

Staten Island Ferry

This free ferry ride to that distant, far-away borough of Staten Island takes only 25 minutes and offers stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor. Disembark on the other side, explore the new world, and come back to the motherland and tell us what it's like. Every New Yorker should ride the Staten Island Ferry at least once.

Board the boat: Whitehall Terminal, 1 Whitehall Street
Cost: Free

Lil' Toot

Bring your kids aboard this U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel for a short ride into New York Harbor and Morris Cove. Since kids ride free and trips are only on weekends from June through August, reservations are recommended.

Board the boat: Battery Park City's North Cove, near Liberty Street and South End Avenue
Cost: $5 adults, kids are free (up to four kids per adult)

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