New York is a city that comes fully to life after nightfall, glowing with light cast by soaring skyscrapers, stories-high billboards and twinkling bridges. While Midtown is a-bustle during daylight hours with locals and tourists pounding the pavement, at night the concrete cools off as the action heats up.
For a change of pace, why not take a guided city tour by night? The views are lovely no matter the vantage point — from aboard a schooner yacht or sightseeing boat, cruise through a very New York mix of industrial and cutting-edge architecture from afloat on the Hudson River, taking in one of the world’s most famous skylines. They say Paris is the City of Light, but our vote is for NYC.
Clipper City Twilight Sail
Step onto this 158-foot tall schooner and take in classic New York City vistas as it glides along the harbor in the evening wind and the sun sets in the horizon, casting warm beautiful glows onto iconic sites like Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Spacious decks provide panoramic views and dazzling photo ops while jazz and classical music pipes through the sound system. The crew invites all passengers to take part in the hoist of sails and will cordially demonstrate how to navigate a ship through the waters. A fully stocked bar of drinks is available for purchase plus, creative bartenders whip up nautical inspired cocktails at your fancy. Departs from Battery Park, 7pm daily, $36pp, get tickets to Clipper City Twilight Sail
New York City Lights Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a premium beverage while being escorted to your seat in the 210-foot Infinity’s dining room, with its wraparound wall of windows framing panoramic views of New York’s harbor. Dig into a four-course meal with New York landmarks like the Intrepid, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty serving as a backdrop. Need some fresh air? Get a photo on one of the ship’s outdoor decks, or better yet, head up to the Skydeck, which sits 65 feet off the water, allowing for prime vistas of the city. Departs from 353 West St. (Pier 40), boarding 6:30pm, cruising 7pm – 10pm daily, from $142pp, get tickets to New York City Lights Dinner Cruise
Bask in the evening light as this two-hour cruise sets off on the Hudson River near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The New York City skyline sparkles as you head south for spot-on views of the historic Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and much more. As the boat coasts down the shimmering river, happy hour beverages and a café menu of freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, snacks and full cash bar are available at your leisure. Departs from Pier 83 at W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave., 7pm daily, get tickets to Harbor Lights Cruise
Statue by Night Tour – New York Water Taxi
Come aboard the yellow Water Taxi to a glass of complimentary Champagne, and choose from upstairs open-deck seating or indoors in the main cabin. The hour-long tour dips around lower Manhattan and then eases its way north, up the Hudson and past the World Trade Center site, then turns and heads towards Ellis Island, its Beaux-Arts flourishes especially beautiful in the fading light. Then it’s on to the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll stop for photo ops and a rousing rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” Departs from 89 South St. (Pier 16), 7:30pm daily , from $20pp, get tickets to Statue by Night