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New York Harbor Tours

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New York Harbor
One of the largest natural harbors in the world, New York Harbor is the gateway to Manhattan. It’s also a scenic spot to explore and a must for first-time visitors to New York City, with photo ops aplenty along its walking trails, bridges, and piers.

The Basics

Most visitors go to New York Harbor for the views of the city’s beloved Statue of Liberty. Look at her from afar, or get up close on a sightseeing cruise. Many tours to the Statue of Liberty include a stop at Ellis Island, another can’t-miss New York landmark—and Liberty and Ellis islands offer sweeping views of downtown Manhattan.

Alternatively, jet-ski, kayak, or boat in the harbor waters, or embark on a dinner cruise or sunset sail for a glimpse of Manhattan at its brightest. Or, simply take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry or one of the other public boats that transport both locals and tourists around the city.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Staten Island Ferry is free, and a 1-way trip lasts around 15 minutes.
  • Sightseeing cruises typically offer food and beverages for purchase.

How to Get There
Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, the New York Harbor is served by cruise ships, commuter ferries, and tourist boats. Sightseeing and dinner cruises usually leave from Battery Park. If you’re taking the subway to Battery Park, get off at Bowling Green station.

When to Get There
New York Harbor is a 24-hour destination, with watercraft arriving and departing at all hours. Evening is arguably the best time for a sightseeing tour—there’s something magical about watching the city light up after dark.

Governors Island

The biggest island in New York Harbor, Governors Island is a former military outpost open to visitors from May through October. Covering more than 170 acres (69 hectares), this piece of land has a history that goes back to the early 17th century. Explore Fort Jay, Castle Williams, Colonel’s Row, and the South Battery, or check out the various temporary art installations and the annual art fair.
Address: New York City, New York 10305, USA
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51 Tours and Activities to Experience New York Harbor

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New York City Harbor Lights CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bateaux New York Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter FlightCity Packages

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • Free Cancellation
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Spirit of New York City Buffet Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

Spirit of New York City Buffet Lunch Cruise

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Relax on a comfortable boat as it cruises around New York Harbor and Manhattan on this relaxing 2-hour afternoon cruise that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ'ed music. Get great views and a different perspective on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. And indulge in the delicious buffet lunch wile doing it. Upgrade the afternoon to receive a welcome glass of champagne in a souvenir glass, a table for your party size, and access to a platinum open bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Sunset SailDay Cruises

New York City Sunset Sail

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Enjoy a New York City evening on the water during this 2-hour twilight cruise. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline while the sun sets, and order drinks from the on-board bar (own expense). This is a great way to start a night out in the Big Apple.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street TourAttraction Tickets

Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour

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Discover three of New York City's most memorable sites on this Viator Exclusive tour, available nowhere else. Hear the history of Wall Street on a guided walking tour, then visit the 9/11 Memorial to learn about one of the most significant events in NYC history. Finally, ride the ferry to Liberty Island and enjoy an audio tour of the Statue of Liberty and its museum.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand IslandCity Packages

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island TourAttraction Tickets

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on a tour that covers two NYC landmarks. Listen to the live narration from you guide through your own personal headset; enjoy priority access to the ferry; and get the best views of Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor by boat. Plus, if you upgrade, ascend the Statue of Liberty pedestal for privileged views of the city skyline.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Champagne Brunch Sail in New York CityDay Cruises

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

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Savor the traditional New York City brunch with a serious twist on this Big Apple champagne sailing cruise. Tuck into a full buffet, complete with coffee, tea and Prosecco. Enjoy homemade muffins, breads and bagels, plus meats, cheese and more. Relax on board as you make your way through the placid waters surrounding the city and take in epic skylines as you enjoy brunch. This cruise is capped at 40 people, which ensures there's plenty of room on deck. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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New York Sunset Schooner Cruise on the Hudson RiverSailing

New York Sunset Schooner Cruise on the Hudson River

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Experience the magical sunset over New York City from the water on this evening cruise. Set sail along the Hudson River on a traditional 2-masted sailboat, the Schooner Adirondack, and admire views of landmarks such as the One World Trade Center, Battery Park, and the Statue of Liberty from the water. While on-board, enjoy three included drinks or pack a picnic and enjoy dinner on deck.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
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New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line CruiseNight Cruises

New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

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This year, celebrate in style with a New Year’s Eve cruise in New York City. Soak up unforgettable views of the sparkling Manhattan skyline as you cruise along the New York Harbor, and enjoy unlimited drinks from the full bar accompanied by savory appetizers. At midnight, ring in the new year with a champagne toast and spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty fireworks display. An onboard DJ keeps the party going all night with dance-worthy tunes.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan HighlightsCity Packages

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing CruiseDay Cruises

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Admire New York City's famous skyline from the water on this afternoon cruise. Choose from two departure times and set sail around New York Harbor on-board a historic sailboat. Enjoy incredible views of Manhattan and spot landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. While on-board, help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alive After Five Happy Hour CruiseCity Packages

Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise

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Experience New York City in a whole different light on this entertaining happy hour cruise along New York Harbor. See the best of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks — like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty — while soaking up the energetic atmosphere on board. Choose from a variety of cruise options to include beer and wine or an unlimited open bar. Relax, mix, mingle, make new friends and have a good time on this popular 2-hour cruise.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten IslandCity Packages

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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Rock the Yacht Party CruiseDay Cruises

Rock the Yacht Party Cruise

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Experience a New York City party on the water during this entertaining cruise along New York Harbor. See the best of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks—like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty—while soaking up the party atmosphere of music and dancing on board. Leave the club lines and crowds behind and enjoy this exclusive night out in NYC.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York CitySailing

Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Embark on a unique sailing adventure on this craft beer cruise of New York Harbor. Take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty from aboard a replica of a historic tall ship—one of the largest vessels in the country. As you sail, taste six different New York craft beers served with cheese and charcuterie form a local Brooklyn deli. You can even take a turn at the helm if you like!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Statue of Liberty Tour and 9/11 Museum EntryFull-day Tours

Statue of Liberty Tour and 9/11 Museum Entry

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Experience three of NYC’s top sights, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and National September 11th Memorial and Museum, during this full-day tour. Maximize your time in New York City with priority boarding for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island. After exploring these on your own, join a downtown walking tour with stops at Saint Paul’s Chapel and 9/11 Memorial and Museum skip-the-line access.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World ObservatoryFull-day Tours

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory

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Since the One World Observatory opened in 2015, it’s been the hottest ticket in town. Guarantee your visit with a prebooked ticket to the 101st floor of One World Trade Center. But that’s not all: This full-day excursion includes a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty, plus a visit to Ellis Island and the reflecting pools of the National September 11 Memorial.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon TourHalf-day Tours

Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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The Statue of Liberty is New York's most iconic landmark and lines for the Liberty Island ferry can be long, especially in the afternoon. On this tour, save time with reserve access and enjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island. Visit the Pedestal Museum, climb to the top of the Pedestal for a stunning view of the NYC skyline, and enjoy free time on the island before returning to Manhattan.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail Day Cruises

New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail

If you're looking for a relaxing Sunday morning excursion, without the hassle of busy brunch lines, try this scenic cocktail cruise on New York Harbor. After you hop aboard the sailboat, grab an included cocktail and sit back to let the harbor breeze blow your hair. Along the way, take in views of the city skyline, and see top sights including the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and CharcuterieSailing

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and Charcuterie

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Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese and charcuterie. Cruise alongside the State of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city's top attractions while sipping wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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