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Atlantic City: Dolphin Watching Ocean Cruise Adventure

1. Atlantic City: Dolphin Watching Ocean Cruise Adventure

This trip is perfect for people of all ages and promises to be a special experience. On your two-hour ocean cruise, keep your eyes peeled for leaping, frolicking dolphins as you head into the open ocean. Highly-informative commentary provided by an onboard marine naturalist ensures your trip will indeed be one to remember. This Atlantic City dolphin watching ocean cruise has been featured by mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlantic City Press, and New Jersey Outdoors. The cruise has grown to be their most celebrated adventure, experienced by oceanographers and mammal lovers from coast to coast. You'll never know how many there are, or how many you'll see — that's part of the adventure. All that can be said is to fill your tank with energy and bring your camera.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

2. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

3. Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Discover the scenic area around Cape May and spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour guided tour. Cruise along the waterfront as you watch local marine life and see historic Victorian buildings along the shorefront. Whether you’re a marine biologist or a whale-loving family, this trip is ideal for everyone.  Your expert guide will point out sites of historical interest and as you keep watch for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Admire the stunning views as you sail out into the Delaware Bay, and onwards to the Atlantic Ocean. Feel free to enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack from the ship’s snack bar during the tour.

Cape May: Cape May Island Sunset Cruise & Dolphin Watching

4. Cape May: Cape May Island Sunset Cruise & Dolphin Watching

End your day in style on a relaxing 2-hour sunset cruise suitable for all ages and group sizes. Search for bottlenose dolphins with an expert guide, and check out the sights of Cape May, New Jersey, such as the historic lighthouse and waterfront Victorian houses. During your evening cruise, listen to your guide’s informative commentary or enjoy foot-tapping music on the deck. Witness and marvel at a magical sunset on the Delaware Bay, right off Cape May Point. Feel free to enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack from the ship's snack bar. Draft or canned beer, wine by the glass or bottle, and both signature and classic cocktails are available for purchase. Pizza and hot dogs are included, and other foods may be purchased directly aboard.

Atlantic City: Parasailing Experience

5. Atlantic City: Parasailing Experience

Take to the water while in Atlantic City with a 90-minute boat ride including a short parasailing experience.  Situated in Gardener’s Basin, enjoy a convenient location alongside other Atlantic City attractions while only a short distance from the city's casinos and famous boardwalk. Climb aboard an Ocean Pro 31, the undisputed heavy-weight champion of parasail vessels.    Rest assured that your crew has all of the necessary certifications and licenses required by law and that vessels undergo multiple coast guard inspections yearly, to ensure your safety all year round. When your time comes, you will be lifted into the air by the parasail to admire views over the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Feel the exhilaration of free flight with your legs dangling free in the breeze below.

Atlantic City: Evening Happy Hour Ocean Cruise

6. Atlantic City: Evening Happy Hour Ocean Cruise

Unwind from your day in Atlantic City with a cruise through the marinas and back bays of the Atlantic Ocean. Perfect for the whole gang, relax as dusk turns to night over the twinkling lights of the bustling city. While aboard, you can relax while sipping your favorite drink or frozen cocktail available at the full-service bars, with nightly cocktail and beer specials featured. Book the Cruise & Cocktails option for access to unlimited house drinks, wine, beer, and soda. Prefer just to enjoy the cruise and not the bar? Not a problem — book the Cruise Only option and soak in the views over the gentle seas.

Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

7. Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set sail around the island of Cape May, NJ on the first trip of the day. Discover Victorian homes and the Cape May Lighthouse. Relax on the state's largest and fastest whale watching boat as you enjoy a continental breakfast. Choose to sit outside on the deck under the covering, or inside in the climate-controlled salon. On this 2-hour sightseeing cruise, you will learn about the history of the island and the surrounding area. Look for dolphins in their natural environment and learn about their habits while enjoying the large, comfortable super cruiser.

Cape May: Weekend Dolphin Watching Breakfast Cruise

8. Cape May: Weekend Dolphin Watching Breakfast Cruise

Experience the island of Cape May as you sail along the coastline and enjoy a 2-hour guided cruise. Experience the beautiful morning as you savor a light breakfast of pastries along with a cup of coffee or juice. Marvel at dolphins as they jump out of the ocean and ride the waves alongside the boat. See Victorian homes, the Cape May Lighthouse, and other interesting buildings on the waterfront, as your expert guide narrates facts about the historic area. The local dolphins are the highlight of the trip as they come up to the boat and join the fun. Learn about their local habitat as you watch these magnificent creatures.

Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

9. Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of the city from onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia during a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise on the Delaware River. Enjoy an attended buffet dining experience as you sail through the city and delight in panoramic views of the skyline. Board your vessel at Penn's Landing and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet which includes an array of dishes and delicacies. Choose from organic mixed field greens salad, organic spinach and kale salad, green bean salad, bean and chickpea salad, red beetroot salad, and more. At the veggie station, opt for roasted broccoli florets, creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole, baked ziti pasta, and tasty mashed potatoes. For your entree, dine on oven-baked Atlantic flounder fillet, honey and sesame chicken, or Italian beef meatballs. If you’ve still got room for dessert, tuck into some seasonal fruit, fluffy raspberry mousse, lemon pound cake, coconut vanilla cake, and carrot cake. After your meal, sip your cocktail on the spacious outdoor deck as you glide along the river for optimal views of the city. Enjoy music with a live Dj set and take in the sights, including Naval Shipyard and Ben Franklin Bridge.

NYC: One-Way Shared Transfer to or from Newark Airport

10. NYC: One-Way Shared Transfer to or from Newark Airport

Make your trip to or from Manhattan simple with a one-way shared Newark Airport transfer. Travel in a comfortable van and avoid the hassle of using the crowded and slow public transportation system. Meet your driver directly at your airport terminal or at your hotel in Manhattan. Hop aboard a climate-controlled van with plenty of legroom. Feel confident in a vehicle that is regularly maintained. Sit back and relax as your drive takes care of traffic and navigation for you. Travel without worrying about parking. Decrease your carbon footprint by sharing your ride with other passengers that are headed in the same direction. Arrive at your destination on time.

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based on 2,085 reviews

This worked exactly as described: ferry to Statue of Liberty, explore the island on your own or with the audio tour, hop back on a ferry when you're ready, and then take the second ferry to Ellis Island. We spent much more time at Ellis Island due to the extensive exhibits. When you're ready to leave, line up for the ferry back to your departure point. Very smooth and easy.

Great trip , very efficient ferry journeys too . We opted for a free 30 minute tour on liberty island by a very good Park Ranger Gordon He was extremely informative and made the short tour very interesting. Ellis island was great too lots of info in the museum, definitely good for anyone with ancestors who came to USA through NY .

The crossing is fast but the boat does a good tour in front of the statue to ensure you beautiful souvenir photos. The views of NY are incredible (obviously) and it's very nice to take all the time you want to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island. A must! :)

It was fantastic!!! The places that we visited were amazing, the best views of New York and Marian made the trip very interesting with all the information and details provided. I'd strongly recomend it if you want feel in love with New York!!

Frequent ferries allowed us to go earlier than planned once we got to Battery Park. Very convenient.