About the Beast Speedboat Ride – Circle Line Sightseeing
Get ready for a rip-roaring ride on New York’s only jet engine-powered speedboat, the Beast from Circle Line Sightseeing. While a wet suit is optional, be prepared to get wet on this custom-built, 70-foot offshore racing powerboat as you tear down the Hudson at up to 45mph for a spectacular view of the city’s most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty. There are ample opportunities for photos in front of Lady Liberty as the Beast can get closer (within 100 feet) than most cruising boats. Then a rush as you race back past the sights of Lower Manhattan such as Ellis Island, Castle Clinton, the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the new World Trade Center and Chelsea Piers.
The Beast operates every hour on the hour from 10am to 6pm or dusk out of Pier 83 at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue. Hold on to your hats and brace yourself as the lively captain and crew keep the passengers excited with upbeat rock and roll music and New York-style humor. They’ll have the whole family laughing and screaming with rollercoaster-like twists and turns, pulsating music and a touch of comedy, squirting the kids just for fun. No food or drink is allowed on board.
The Beast Schedule
April 30th 2016 – September 24th 2016.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Every hour on the hour.
Note: The Beast is not running on August 10, 2016, until further notice. Please check back for updates.
Approximately 30 minutes. Please note that the Beast does not go out when it’s raining.
Good for kids?
It’s a fun-filled bumpy ride and kids will love the thrill of tearing down the river at high speeds. However, it’s not the right ride for infants, toddlers or those who don't make the 40-inch cutoff. Also, not recommended for pregnant women or people with heart conditions or back injuries.
Did you know?
The Beast can reach an exhilarating speed of 40 knots (about 45 mph), and can reach 1,400 BHP-horsepower with two ZF 3000 marine transmissions powered by two HamiltonJets.
With a fierce fish’s face and sharp teeth painted on its prow, the Beast was first launched or “unleashed” in Spring 2011 and holds up to 138 people.
Circle Line Sightseeing Location Information:
Pier 83, W 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway); walk or take the M42 or M50 bus to the last stop at 12th Ave.