The Best Boat Tours In The Big Apple

Explore NYC from the water! First, boat tours are not just for tourists. They offer residents some incredible views of the city without the close quarters you’re likely to find on a bus or walking tour (and a fresh perspective on where you live). Some make for a great date. Plus, who doesn’t love the salty breeze blowing through their hair during the hottest days of the year? From boat tours that are classy, tours that are fun, and tours that are educational, there’ss something on the river for all Glenwood residents this season.

AIANY Boat Tours
AIA New York Boat Tours

For An Educational Boat Tour: AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour

If you have out of town guests visiting who want to have a side of culture with their boat tour (or maybe learning is your jam!), definitely check out the American Institute of Architects in New York’s Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour. The tour focuses on the area south of 59th Street and all the significant buildings that soar there: the Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center, for starters. The tour leaves from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) and is 90 minutes, led by a member of the American Institute of Architects. You’ll enjoy free drinks while you learn about NYC architecture, infrastructure, and parks. Also, if you would like to host your own private group on this tour (perhaps a great idea for a milestone birthday or fun corporate outing), those can be arranged, too! Prices start at $48.

For A Classy Boat Tour: Hudson’s By World Yacht New York Cruise

If a boat tour complete with a three course meal is your idea of a good time, head on over to Hudson’s By World Yacht New York Cruise. The three level yacht departs from the Westside’s Pier 81 at 41st Street, offering some of the best dinner-with-a-view views in the city. The meal features seasonally inspired dishes from New York’s own Hudson Valley, as well as your favorite selection of beverages from a premium open bar. In addition to the meal, you’ll get to sail around Manhattan for a two hour cruise. Dinner cruises last from 6pm to 10pm, and brunch cruises go from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Prices start at $159. Truly perfect for residents living at Emerald Green.

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For A Fun Boat Tour: Rock the Yacht New York City Party Cruise

Who wants to be holed up in a tiny claustrophobic Downtown club when you can be getting a beautiful taste of New York’s nightlife scene on an open-air boat?! The Rock the Yacht New York City Party Cruise cruises down the East River for 2.5 hours, giving you all the essentials for an amazing night out: premium open bar, killer DJ spinning all the best dance tunes, tables to rest at between songs, and an absolutely gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline. These boat cruises are for 21 and up, and start at $35. Super convenient for residents living at Liberty Plaza!

staten island ferry
Staten Island Ferry

For A (Practically) Free Boat Tour: Staten Island Ferry

Finally, sometimes it’s fun to ride a boat just for the sake of riding a boat–no ulterior motives! This is especially true if you are entertaining out of town friends or family, have small kids and are looking for a fun (but cheap) activity to keep them entertained, or are just trying to check off something from your NYC Bucket List! In any of these cases, head directly Downtown to the Staten Island Ferry. With just a swipe of your Metrocard (currently $2.75), you can enjoy the 25 minute boat ride from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. You’ll get fabulous views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. The Ferry runs 24 hours a day, but we particularly encourage a sunset (or even sunrise, if you’re super ambitious!) trip, as it’s one you won’t soon forget. Don’t forget your camera!  

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