Ahoy Mateys: Sailing in New York

The waters around the Big Apple provide plenty of options for fun and sightseeing when sailing in New York. Hopping on a watercraft big or small delivers a new and refreshing perspective on the big city. Here are our picks for the best sailing in New York excursions.

Water Tours of New York City

The waters surrounding the island of Manhattan offer exceptional sightseeing opportunities. Sailing in New York is a great way to get a look at the sights. There are plenty of great water tours that cruise around the island. If you’re heading to New York City with kids, Liberty Sightseeing might be the best bet. Kids under 10 get free admission for the tour, and at only 90 minutes long, there’s a good bet that they won’t get bored. The Liberty Sightseeing tour departs from 299 South Street and loops around the best sights on the water. The tour passes by Battery Park, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
New York Water Tours

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Those looking for something a little faster paced should try the RIB New York speed boat tour. It’s not a boat made out of delicious barbecue. The RIB boat stands for Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat. It zips around the waters of the Hudson at speeds approaching 50 mph. The trip departs from Pier 25 in Manhattan and hits up the top locations in the New York City harbor. Guests on the RIB boat will see the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, Battery Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
How about combining an elegant dinner with a nice sail on the Hudson? There are plenty of dinner cruises that circle the city, delivering great food with unforgettable views. Hornblower Cruises and Events offers the upscale “New York City Lights” Dinner Cruise. This trek includes a three-course meal on a three-hour cruise around the city, along with a live DJ and dance session. The backdrop features views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Kayaking and Boating in New York City

For a go-at-your-own-pace tour of New York City, a kayak is a great option. Manhattan Kayak and SUP (Stand-Up Paddling) at Pier 84 Boathouse is one of the best kayaking destinations in the city. Take a trip there to learn the basics of kayaking or stand-up paddling. When you’ve completed some beginner training, you’ll be able to go on the kayak trips on the water. The beginner “Skyline Trip” shows off the best views of the city. With a little more training, visitors can venture further and further out into the waters around New York City. It may become a habit!
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse delivers some of the best kayak sightseeing in the city. It’s right in the shadow of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge and gives an incredible glimpse of the city’s skyline. Also in Brooklyn is the unique “Red Hook Boaters” group. This volunteer organization organizes free kayak trips from the beach at Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park. There’s free instruction and great views from the water. After the kayak trip, boaters grab supplies and help the group clean up the beach. It’s a nice way to help out the environment.
How about a luxury trip on the water? Atlantic Yachting offers a private, upscale trip on a high-end yacht around Manhattan. Guests can make their own itinerary and bring their own food. This is an excellent way to indulge while sailing in New York.

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Take to the Water

Sailing in New York delivers the magic of one of the world’s greatest cities to tourists in a unique way. Be sure to explore some water-borne options the next time you visit. Bon voyage!

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