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East River, New York, United States: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

1. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

New York Harbor Speedboat Tour

2. New York Harbor Speedboat Tour

Take a high-speed boat ride out on the Hudson River professional captains licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. See famous sites in and around New York Harbor, learn about them from your guide and feel the thrill of being out on the water. At each of the stops, the captain positions the boat so that every guest can get a perfect photo and will help you with any photo requests. Upon your arrival you'll be greeted by your captain and checked in. After a short but mandatory safety briefing, you'll get suited up and board the boat.   Depart from North Cove Marina and head out onto the Hudson River to get spectacular views of downtown and midtown with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Travel north along the Manhattan waterfront and see the FDNY Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers, the VIP Heliport, Hudson Yards, the Highline and the Jacob Javits Convention Center, before stopping at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and Cruise Ship Terminal. Listen to narration at every stop and ask your guide questions about the sites.   Then, continue to the New Jersey shoreline and run south for panoramic views of the entire Manhattan skyline. From Hoboken, follow a straight line to the Financial District where you'll get excellent views of the Freedom Tower. Rounding Battery Park, you will enter the East River and see the helicopters take off and land at the helipad before cruising past South Street Seaport. Pass under the Brooklyn Bridge and sail to the Manhattan Bridge for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.   After taking in the iconic views, you'll see the Brooklyn waterfront, the Red Hook Container Terminal and Governors Island. Crossing the Upper Bay, observe commercial vessels such as tug boats, oil barges, and the Staten Island Ferry.   Reach the climax of the tour at the Statue of Liberty. Stop right outside the security zone to get an up-close and unobstructed view of Lady Liberty. Then, return to Manhattan. With Ellis Island to your left, you'll have a clear view of the entire New York skyline.

Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

3. Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

Start your tour in Dumbo on the beautiful waterfront with sweeping views across the East River. Visit the historic and newly redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard and head into southern Williamsburg, a neighborhood of artists, graffiti, and some of New York City's best bars. Stop for breakfast before exploring the neighborhood. Ride into Greenpoint and Bushwick. Head to Fort Greene Park to see the Martyred Prisoners' Monument. Pass by the Barclay's Center and Historically Preserved Government Buildings. Stop at the Grand Army Plaza to see the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch and the Public Library. Ride through Prospect Park, a cycling paradise. Head through Park Slope, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, and perhaps stop at Other Half Brewing Company. Ride into Red Hook peninsula for a quick snack and drink along the waterfront.  Visit Steve's Key Lime Pies and take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Stop at Widow Jane Distillery, and perhaps enjoy a quick chocolate tasting at Raaka Virgin Chocolate. Explore Cobble Hill's brownstone-lined streets and small restaurants. Head into Cadman Plaza and Brooklyn Heights to see the diverse architecture in tranquility at the first historically preserved neighborhood in the United States. Carry on back through Dumbo.

New York City: Weekend Holiday Brunch Cruise

4. New York City: Weekend Holiday Brunch Cruise

Get into the holiday spirit on this 2.75-hour weekend brunch cruise with a 3-course prix fixe menu family-style at each table. Enjoy baked bagels, an assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, harvest mix salad, quiche, a festive breakfast meat, spicy Bloody Marys, mimosas, juices, coffee, and tea. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous 360-degree view of Manhattan from the climate-controlled and glass-enclosed back deck observatory of this vintage-style motor yacht. Cruise around the entire island as you pass under all 18 bridges. Each booking party will be assigned their own banquet separated by clear partitions in the grand salon Some of the sights to observe on this cruise include the Upper West Side, George Washington Bridge, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, World Trade One, Roosevelt Island, United Nations Building and the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on the East River.

New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

5. New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

Enjoy a romantic date or family outing in your private helicopter with stunning aerial views of Manhattan. All flights are personally narrated by friendly and experienced pilots. R44, AStar, and Twin Star helicopter options available. On a 30-minute helicopter charter, skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of the Hudson River, East River, Yankee Stadium (accessible outside game times only), Harlem, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island (with the exception of any restricted areas).

New York City: Harbor Cruise with Brunch Buffet from Pier 15

6. New York City: Harbor Cruise with Brunch Buffet from Pier 15

Munch on a delicious brunch buffet with freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, dessert dishes, and unlimited mimosas on a cruise around New York Harbor, departing from South Street Seaport. View some major NYC landmarks from the outdoor observation decks. Take as much or as little as you like and savor your selections as the sights of New York City glide by. After brunch, relax on the outdoor patio with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower & the sights of Downtown & Midtown Manhattan. Enjoy panoramic views of the NYC skyline from the large outdoor observation decks or fully enclosed and climate-controlled dining decks. Get out your camera for up-close photo opportunities of the Statue of Liberty. Take a refreshing stroll around the ship's decks and listen to onboard entertainment with DJ music. Create unforgettable memories on a New York City brunch buffet cruise. Sample Menu: Early Riser Breakfast Pastries - Assorted muffins and danishes Scrambled Eggs - American cheddar cheese Breakfast Meats - Applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage links Breakfast Potatoes - Caramelized onions, red and green bell peppers Late Riser Field Green Salad - Tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, ranch dressing or balsamic dressing Kale Quinoa Salad - Quinoa, roasted red pepper, spinach, lemon oregano vinaigrette Green Goddess Pasta Salad - Sweet peas, white beans, scallions Honey Sesame Chicken - Scallions, Fresno chilies Oven-Roasted Whitefish - Spicy tomato, white bean ragu Root Vegetable Fricassee - Idaho potatoes, broccoli, grape tomatoes, gremolata, cauliflower coconut cream sauce Roasted Broccoli - Toasted garlic, chili flakes Dessert Signature Dessert Station - Cakes, brownies, seasonal fruit

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What people are saying about East River, New York, United States

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 276 reviews

It was a great trip. Beautiful view of the skyline. The moon was gorgeous. Great stop at the Statue of Liberty for photos. DJ was great but a little loud. Food was well cooked and seasoned, standard American fare served buffet style. Overall a good value for all you get.

We had so many amazing experiences during our NYC trip, but this boat trip was a highlight for me, my three teenagers, and my dad. If you’re dithering about whether to splurge or not, I can only encourage you to do it— it was TOTALLY worth it to us!!

Overall, it was fast and fun, and the guide made us feel comfortable and safe. He was also full of fun anecdotes about New York City (and we live here!). Worth the cost.

amazing view over a 2 and half hours trip.. Nice music and atmosphere

Everything went as planned. we had a great time and best experience.