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New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

From US$ 99 per person

Explore New York Harbor aboard a fast military-style boat on a narrated sightseeing tour. Speed along on the Hudson River and see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and other top sights.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take photos and selfies in front of the iconic Statue of Liberty
  • Enjoy the best panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline
  • Listen to narration onboard a high-speed boat
Full description
Take a high-speed boat ride out on the Hudson River professional captains licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. See famous sites in and around New York Harbor, learn about them from your guide and feel the thrill of being out on the water. At each of the stops, the captain positions the boat so that every guest can get a perfect photo and will help you with any photo requests. Upon your arrival you'll be greeted by your captain and checked in. After a short but mandatory safety briefing, you'll get suited up and board the boat.   Depart from North Cove Marina and head out onto the Hudson River to get spectacular views of downtown and midtown with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Travel north along the Manhattan waterfront and see the FDNY Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers, the VIP Heliport, Hudson Yards, the Highline and the Jacob Javits Convention Center, before stopping at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and Cruise Ship Terminal. Listen to narration at every stop and ask your guide questions about the sites.   Then, continue to the New Jersey shoreline and run south for panoramic views of the entire Manhattan skyline. From Hoboken, follow a straight line to the Financial District where you'll get excellent views of the Freedom Tower. Rounding Battery Park, you will enter the East River and see the helicopters take off and land at the helipad before cruising past South Street Seaport. Pass under the Brooklyn Bridge and sail to the Manhattan Bridge for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.   After taking in the iconic views, you'll see the Brooklyn waterfront, the Red Hook Container Terminal and Governors Island. Crossing the Upper Bay, observe commercial vessels such as tug boats, oil barges, and the Staten Island Ferry.   Reach the climax of the tour at the Statue of Liberty. Stop right outside the security zone to get an up-close and unobstructed view of Lady Liberty. Then, return to Manhattan. With Ellis Island to your left, you'll have a clear view of the entire New York skyline.
Includes
  • Full narration
  • Docking fees
  • Complimentary tactical weather gear rental
  • Punctual departure and return
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Directions: From the corner of South End Avenue and Liberty Street, walk past the security barrier and down the ramp towards North Cove Marina. A small park (Pumphouse Park) will be on your right-hand side. The boat will pick you up at the first floating dock in the South East corner of the boat basin. There is a blue sign on the railing that reads 'New York Media Boat'. Address: 225 Liberty St, New York, NY 10281, USA

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Tripods

Know before you go

  • All tours depart North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place
  • It is recommended to wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Flat shoes only, no high heels
  • The tours run with a minimum of 4 passengers aboard
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • The tours are not suitable for children under 4 years of age, pregnant women, or persons with back problems
  • In the case of inclement weather, please call the local parnter to confirm your booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 71 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Can not rate the boat ride highly enough! We were considering the helicopter- but this was far more exciting and tremendous value for money! Our guide was great company and very informative. All of the party were buzzing when they landed back on terra firma : it was the highlight of our trip!

November 25, 2022

Easy booking and good directions. Trip was amazing. Warm greetings from Eric from the start. An intimate experience with fantastic sights. Eric ensured we all got the pictures we wanted and complete unobstructed views at all times. We couldn’t believe how much we got to see. Amazing fast boat ride. Would highly recommend.

June 9, 2022

Great fun experience and brilliant way to explore NYC from the Hudson and East rivers. Our Captain had a wealth of knowledge and very accommodating for pictures etc. We did the usual boat trip tour which was good, but this adds the fun element and you get better close up pictures. Would highly recommend.

June 7, 2022

Product ID: 232577