New York City is one of the largest, busiest cities in the United States. As the country’s financial, commercial, art, technology and entertainment center, New York attracts millions of tourists every year. The Big Apple is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, including the Madison Square Garden, the Central Park, The Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero.
While you can always book a tour to check out all the amazing sights in NYC, taking a cruise provides a different perspective to the city that never sleeps. Wondering what cruise services are available in NYC? Consider our list below:
The Shark Speed Boat Thrill Ride
For thrill-seekers who love speed, hop on the Shark Speed Boat Thrill Ride’s blue boat and take a heart-pumping ride all over the New York Harbor! The boat ride peaks at 35mph and lasts for 30 minutes. If you’re taking a thrill ride, we suggest bringing an extra pair of clothing because you (and the kids) will be soaked!
Circle Line Landmark Cruise
If you want a mellow trip down the Hudson River to see most of NYC’s iconic landmarks, check out the Circle Line Landmark cruise. The tour will take you to the southernmost tip of Manhattan then up the East River to Midtown before heading back to the 42nd street. During the one and a half hour tour, you will learn all about the rich history of the city, how the local landmarks were constructed, and celebrity residences. Because this tour is for serious NYC fans who want to learn all about the history of the Big Apple, this isn’t a great ride for very young children.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is one of the few services that belong to an old ferry network that transported people between Manhattan and the city is other boroughs. The massive, nine-vessel watercraft will take you through Manhattan’s most fabulous landmarks. The 25-minute trip will feature a great view of the Statute of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. The best thing about riding the Staten island Ferry? It’s free and snacks are available onboard to purchase.
Governor’s Island Ferry
The Governor’s Island Ferry shuttles thousands of tourists shore to shore. The tour will take you through Governor Island’s many attractions including art exhibits and festivals. However, unlike other cruises, the Governor’s Island Ferry is only available from May 23–September 27.
Ikea Water Taxi
Yes, IKEA has a water taxi and it guarantees one of a kind experience for kids of all ages. The 20-minute boat ride will take you through the city’s most popular landmarks. The watercraft features two levels, the first one is an enclosed bottom level and the other is the open-air top level. Although the ride costs five bucks on any given weekday, the tour’s free during the weekends!
New York Water Taxi
The New York Water Tax offers all access tour via the Hudson River. The boat ride features three stops: in Midtown, the west Village, and the Battery Park City or across the river at Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The tour provides a stunning view of the Statute of Liberty, as well as tidbits about the history of the city and all the famous people that lives in it.