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Circle Line Sightseeing: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

1. NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of New York Harbor and Manhattan Island as you discover the secrets of the city. You will circle Manhattan, passing 3 rivers, 7 major bridges – including the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge – 5 boroughs, and more than 101 sights in New York’s legendary skyline. Get up close to the Statue of Liberty and see Manhattan just as the great explorers would have seen it at the end of their long ocean journeys. Tour the city by water and see the outer boroughs drift by. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring the city that never sleeps to life, telling fascinating stories about the breathtaking sights as you sail. See it all as you marvel at the best that New York has to offer. Cruise highlights include close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Randall’s Island, High Bridge, Columbia University, Harlem, Gracie Mansion, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, Grant’s Tomb, and The Little Red Lighthouse.

NYC: Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

2. NYC: Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a semi-circle boat cruise. Enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island from the water. See the sights with a local tour guide who brings to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson River, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. Pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations building before heading back to Pier 83, the starting point for your tour.

NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

3. NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family, and coworkers - or even a random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch. With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park, and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at unrivaled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building, and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

NYC: Circle Line Speedboat Skip the Box Office Ticket

4. NYC: Circle Line Speedboat Skip the Box Office Ticket

Tour New York Harbor in the Beast, a jet powered, custom-built, 70-foot, off shore racing power boat that bursts with energy as it leaves all others in its wake! Your captain will take you up to speeds of 45mph on a spin down to the Statue of Liberty. It's New York's very own thrill ride, a wet n' wild adventure through New York Harbor that will require you to hold onto your hat for 30 fun-filled minutes. You will soar past the city’s legendary skyline and skyscrapers at a heart-pounding rate. Pause for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, regain your breath, and then set off again on the return journey to Pier 83.

NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

5. NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain in all its autumn glory. This cruise takes you to Bear Mountain State Park at just the right time when those beautiful bursts of fall leaves start to appear along the Hudson. But this is much more than a fall foliage cruise. Stop at Bear Mountain to indulge in some glorious nature. Hop off the boat there, where for 2 hours, you can enjoy the park’s 50+ hiking and biking trails, paddle around the lake,  and take in the general splendor of nature and fall weather. You will also enjoy the autumnal sights with some light narration from your onboard guide, all the while enjoying the "Onboard Oktoberfest" with German food and beer specials plus some good ol’ oom-pah music. Sample food and drink offerings include: • German Feast Plate with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad • Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels • Traditional pork schnitzel • Classic concessions items (hot dogs, chips, candy, etc.) • Draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers Landmarks visible on the cruise include: • Riverside Church • Grant's Tomb • The Little Red Lighthouse • George Washington Bridge • Hudson Valley foliage • Bear Mountain State Park

NYC: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruise Skip-The-Line

6. NYC: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruise Skip-The-Line

Take a 60-minute cruise of New York Harbor and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and city skyscraper views that will leave you speechless. The short, but highly inspirational harbor cruise will sail by the majestic Statue of Liberty, continue to the historic immigration center at Ellis Island, and cruise by the World Financial Center of Lower Manhattan. Stare up at the awesome skyscrapers that make New York’s fabulous skyline come alive. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind “the city that never sleeps,” as you look out for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Staten Island Ferry, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and more.

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What people are saying about Circle Line Sightseeing

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,952 reviews

It was a smooth ride, even with the big storm/thunder showers, and the landmarks were many and well described. For the staff, I would recommend improving the speaker system, at times it was difficult to hear and the pretzel I had was stale.

The tour was nice it could’ve started an hour later so you would been able to see more lights as you was going out for the first hour. There was a time whether guide was not talking at least they could’ve played music. All in all it was OK

Well organised, great commentary and amazing sights. Clean and comfortable with the opportunity to be outside as well as inside - and the inside was air conditioned.

Ideally arrive one hour before if you want your desired seats. A worthwhile activity! Seen on New York from the water and with the sunset, it's magnificent!!

very nice boat trip with a lot of picture potential, but you should be there at least an hour earlier if you want to get a place on deck (outside).