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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 sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

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New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

2. New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

Experience a beautiful New York City sunset and the illuminated skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan on a harbor cruise of the Hudson River. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous 360-degree views of the island from the open decks or glassed-in back-deck observatory. Marvel at the 1920s style décor of the boat, and take in stunning views of sights, including Battery Park and the South Street Seaport. Gaze at the towering monuments of the Financial District and sail past Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline.

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NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

3. 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.

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New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

4. New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

See the best of New York City on sightseeing tours by bus and boat. In addition, enjoy a walk through the Financial Center to Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange. A live tour guide will enhance your experience with commentary on this 5-hour program. The Staten Island ferry ensures breathtaking views of the New York City and New Jersey skylines. Take in views of world-famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island and more. This tour gives you two options for tour buses - a luxury climate-controlled closed-top bus or a unique small-capacity glass-top or open-top convertible bus that can open when the weather is nice or retract and turn into a glass-top to protect you from the weather elements.

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From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

5. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

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New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

6. New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

Join this special holiday cruise and step inside a toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a 90-minute cruise to see the lights of New York City. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline Champagne, hot cocoa, and other beverages are available. Cookies and treats for all guests will be included. Enjoy your evening with friends or a loved one and enjoy this live holiday jazz trio. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the island from the heated back deck salon of this 1920s style yacht. On this 90 minute cruise, take in picturesque views from your glassed-in observatory. Sights along the way include: - The Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II in full holiday decor - Cocoa, cookies and live holiday jazz - Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District - Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or Champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase.

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New York City: The Sightseeing FLEX Pass

7. New York City: The Sightseeing FLEX Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! Pull up your Sightseeing Flex Pass on your phone and enjoy cash-free access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium, and more. Simplify and save, as you can tailor your trip to New York City to fit your ideal itinerary with the easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass. With the option to select 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, or 12 attractions, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and with no fixed start date. This pass is recommended for visitors with limited time for sightseeing and want to visit only a few most popular attractions. Get out and explore to get an authentic taste of New York City from the streets on one of the many walking or biking tours. See the internationally renowned skyline up close with access to five bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Sightseeing Flex Pass holders also have access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Loops, valid for 72 hours. Take advantage of the Fast Track Access with participating attractions to skip the line. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory (Sightseeing Pass Exclusive) • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island • The Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Day Pass  • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours by Gray Line CitySightseeing (valid for 72hrs) • Whitney Museum of American Art • Empire State Building Experiences: • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Macy's Historical Tour  • Madison Square Garden Tour  • TimeLooper - Virtual Reality Experience • Wollman Rink - Ice Skating In Central Park (seasonal) Attractions:  • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Edge • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality • Vessel • 9/11 Tribute Center  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens • Luna Park Coney Island • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Gardens • Ripley's Believe it or Not! • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE • The Auschwitz Exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Museums:  • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society  • El Museo Del Barrio  • Fraunces Tavern® Museum  • International Center of Photography • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (includes skip-the-line access)  • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • The Met Cloisters  • The Skyscraper Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours:  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Tours • Hop-On, Hop-Off Brooklyn Bus Tour • Best of Manhattan Tour (6-hour escorted bus tour) • Night Bus Tour • On Location Tours - When Harry Met Seinfield Bus Tour  • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • The Downtown Experience • The Tour • Big Bus NY Classic Tour • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus (with discount booklet) • Go Airlink Airport Shuttle (outbound) Cruises:  • City Sightseeing/Hornblower New York Hop-on Hop-off Ferry Tour • Manhattan By Sail – Easy Like Sunday Morning Brunch Cruise • Shearwater - Manhattan by Sail  • Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail – Manhattan by Sail  • Clipper City Jazz Cruise – Manhattan by Sail  • Hornblower Cruise Live After Five • RIBNewYork High Speed Harbor Tour  Walking and Bike Tours:  • Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Fancy Apple Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Inside Out Tours  • NewYorkTour1  • Wall Street Walks  • Central Park Bike Rental • The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour • Manhattan and Beyond Central Park Walking Tour • Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn • Hamilton Happy Hour Tour • NYC Fashion Window Walking Tour • Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion • Scavenger Hunts - New York

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New York: Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

8. New York: Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Show your love to your partner with a romantic Valentine's Day cruise at sunset in NYC. Relish a buffet dinner, and make a toast to your relationship with a glass of Champagne or wine. See some of the city's most famous landmarks as you go, and enjoy an onboard DJ with festive music. Seating is limited to 150 and there is an onboard cash bar should you wish to buy more drinks. The Valentine's Day buffet menu is as follows: • Champagne toast or Wine • Caesar Salad • Penne Rigate with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil • Baked Tilapia served in a White Wine Sauce • Chicken Francaise • Carving Board of Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Traditional Homemade Applesauce • Medley of Seasonal Fresh Vegetables • Oven Roasted Baby New Potatoes • Assorted Dinner Rolls and Sweet Butter • Chef's Selection of Valentines Desserts • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Herbal Tea

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New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

9. New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

Unlike many other tours, the chauffeur for this journey is a knowledgeable, native New Yorker who will show you the most fascinating areas of the city – in just 2 hours. Begin in the historic West Village and then venture across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for one of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit lower Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods. See the West Village, the original stomping grounds of New York's bohemians, SoHo, an artistic haven featuring numerous art galleries and shops, and TriBeCa, an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s home to an annual film festival. Continue on to South Street Seaport, a cobblestoned dock, where you’ll see some of the world's most impressive boats. Traffic permitting, you’ll visit the Financial District, home to The New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, home to the largest Chinese population in North America, and Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks. Experience New York like never before in a Jeep Wrangler SUV!

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New York City: 3-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

10. New York City: 3-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Your professionally licensed New York City guide will lead you through the city, taking you on a bike ride that’s sure to be a memorable one. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll start out in midtown Manhattan, and make stops at Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Highline, and other iconic sites, ending downtown at the South Street Seaport, the historic neighborhood just below the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s so much to see in New York that it’s far too much to take in on a walking tour. As you pedal along, you’ll get to see many attractions and a variety of neighborhoods. As you pedal along, your tour guide will provide a unique perspective of the city. Stretch your legs and get a good, healthy workout, but don’t worry, this isn’t a race! The tour is designed to be leisurely and allow you to enjoy the city and admire the sights. See Central Park South, where the busy city meets the serene, expansive green space, and the bustling area of Times Square. Cycle to Herald Square, home of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along the Hudson River, and all the way down to Battery Park.

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What people are saying about Seaport District NYC

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,017 reviews

What a way to see the famous skyline at night ! Crew and musicians were brilliant and very attentive. Only downside was they had cancelled our time (due to not enough passengers I presume) and we hadn’t been informed , the lady did say she’d tried calling and mailed but we never received anything. They compensated us with a drinks package. We stopped right outside the Statue of Liberty and had great photo opportunities and didn’t feel rushed. Highly recommended and was certainly a highlight on our trip.

I took the Brooklyn Bridge tour and Manny was our guide. Despite a cold dreary day I thoroughly enjoyed it. Manny was knowledgeable about the area and history of the bridge. It included riding over the manhattan and Brooklyn bridge and a nice ride in Brooklyn. The pace was not pressured and is fine for all ages. I'm 62.

It was a wonderful experience, great music, wonderful staff and unforgettable sights to see of the Manhattan skyline

Plenty of good information and tips on what else to see and do. Fun Santa was present then.

Excellent trip with an animated and knowledgeable guide.