When most people think of New York City they imagine the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps, but different worlds are available through the NYC ferry. Via a simple boat ride, NYC becomes more than taking the subway, pounding the pavement and taking on the concrete jungle. Just hopping on a vessel for an hour or less can transport you to a whole new place for the day! Here are some of the top day trips reachable by ferry from NYC.
1. NYC Ferry to Governor’s Island
Governor’s Island seems a world away from the noise and lights of New York City. It is a green island with bike paths, walking trails, and historic buildings to explore. The newest feature, “The Hills,” offers amazing views of the city. There is “Grassy Hill,” perfect for an uphill jaunt, “Slide Hill,” with NYC’s longest fun slide and “Discovery Hill.” “Outlook Hill” is the tallest one and offers two fun modes of ascent – walk or take the rock scramble to reach the top and see the great views. Governor’s Island has several incredible events throughout the year including the participatory art festival Figment NYC, family-friendly outdoor films and the 1920’s themed Jazz Age Lawn Party.
Ferry Info: Open daily from May 1-October 31. Ferries run from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan & Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Ferries run once every 60-90 minutes depending on the time of year. There are several free ferry times. If you do end up paying it is just $3 for an adult round trip ticket or $1 for a senior citizen!
2. NYC Ferry to The Beach at Rockaway
When you step off the boat at Rockaway you will definitely feel transported to a whole new world. It’s a beach paradise where summer sun lovers swim, play and even surf all day. There is a shuttle on the peninsula that can take you to the beach and to the surrounding areas that have some great eats. Rockaway has several options for beaching, with the most popular being Fort Tilden & Jacob Riis. When you need some refreshment, check out the Rockaway Brewing Company for local beer, or Rippers for standard NYC beach fare including hot dogs with sauerkraut, burgers and smoothies.
Ferry Info: Catch the ferry at Wall Street Pier 11 in Manhattan or at Sunset Park Brooklyn Army Terminal. Ferries run once every 30-90 minutes depending on time of day and day of the week. Tickets cost $5.50 for a round trip and can be purchased with a simple app. Kids under 44 inches ride free.
3. NYC Ferry to Hoboken
Hoboken is a whole new city to explore. It is often considered a subsidiary of NYC, but it can really stand on its own two feet with great attractions. Catch a new view of New York City by walking along the waterfront on Sinatra Drive. It makes for a romantic stroll at the end of a date. Culinary delights await, especially at Carlo’s Bake Shop, the home of the Cake Boss. Finish an evening off at Birch Hoboken, an upscale bar and nightclub with great cocktails and private bottle service for those desiring exclusive service.
Ferry Info: Get the ferry from W. 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan, Pier 11 at Wall Street or Battery Park City and take it to 14th Street or the New Jersey Transit Terminal in Hoboken. One way fares are anywhere from $6-10.75 for adults. Ferries depart approximately every 20 minutes, depending on the route, and the ride is only 8-15 minutes long!