About CitySightseeing New York Downtown Cruise
There’s no better way to get a different perspective on New York than to take to the waters surrounding Manhattan. From a boat, the whole city looks different, a glittering collection of towers, parks and stately bridges.
As an official cruise of the U.S. National Park Service, the CitySightseeing Cruise Downtown offers a recorded narrative from park rangers, historians and scientists, who fill you in on the historical and ecological significance of the sights around you.
Highlights of the tour include Ellis Island, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty. From the boat, it’s easy to imagine the thrill that immigrants felt when they first saw Lady Liberty lighting their way into the city. The tour continues up the East River as far as the United Nations, another symbol of New York’s international magnetism.
Along the way, you’ll see the lively harbor traffic—ferries, police boats, cruise ships, sailboats, Coast Guard vessels, pleasure craft, even kayaks, all plying the waters that have made this city a center of global trade and ambition for nearly 500 years. Helicopters fly by overhead, making for the same riverside heliport that the President uses when he’s in town.
Prepare yourself (and your camera) for spectacular views of the New York skyline.
VIP Access Pass
Purchase a VIP Access Pass ticket and you will have the benefit of priority boarding and the flexibility to board other affiliated double decker buses.
Approximately one hour
Arrive 20-30 minutes before boarding time; tours fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
Did you know?
When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, it was the tallest structure in the city of New York. From the base of the pedestal to the top of the torch’s flame, it measures 305 feet, 1 inch.
Over the years that Ellis Island was operational, some 10 million newcomers to the United States headed west immediately through the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, still visible on the western bank of the Hudson.
If you want to see the city in a new way, getting out into the fresh air on the water and learning about the rich history of New York from the experts, this is a great tour for you.
Good for kids?
Kids will love the thrill of being out on the water with the spray flying, and they’ll learn a lot, too.
CitySightseeing Cruise Downtown Location Information:
Pier 78 located at 38th Street and 12th Avenue (Hudson River)
New York, NY
4,5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall St./South Ferry