Manhattan Boat Ride: Ultimate New York Sightseeing
547 Ratings
New York
Experience the ultimate custom sightseeing adventure in New York Harbor with our Manhattan Boat Ride. Capture stunning photos of the iconic skyline and get up close to major attractions. Perfect for tourists and locals alike!
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Empire State Building - We’ll depart from Manhattan and cruise along the Hudson River for an exceptional view of the lower and central parts of the city, featuring the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.
  • Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex - As we proceed northward on the Hudson, you’ll witness the FDNY Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers, the VIP Heliport, Hudson Yards Project, The Highline, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center, culminating with a pause at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and Cruise Ship Terminal.
  • New Jersey - We’ll make our way to the New Jersey coast and head south to enjoy a sweeping view of the entire cityscape.
  • Financial District - Crossing from Hoboken back to Manhattan, we’ll make a stop directly in front of the Financial District and the Freedom Tower.
  • Battery Park City - Circling around Battery Park, we’ll enter the East River. Here, you’ll observe helicopters ascending and descending as we sail by the South Street Seaport, glide beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and approach the Manhattan Bridge. Following this, we’ll cruise along the Brooklyn waterfront, pass by the Red Hook Container Terminal, and circle Governors Island.
  • Statue of Liberty - As we traverse the Upper Bay, you’ll spot various commercial vessels like tugboats, oil barges, and the Staten Island Ferry, en route to the Statue of Liberty. We’ll halt just outside the security perimeter to provide you with a clear, close-up view of this iconic monument.

We’ll halt just outside the security perimeter to provide you with a clear, close-up view of this iconic monument.

  • Ellis Island - On our return to Manhattan, we’ll sail past Ellis Island, offering you magnificent vistas of the entire renowned NYC downtown skyline. We look forward to having you on board!

At each of our 12 tour stops, the captain will expertly position the vessel to ensure every passenger can capture the perfect photograph, and will assist with any photo requests.

  • Brooklyn Bridge - Our captain will navigate beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and pause just beyond it, allowing you to snap those quintessential shots of the Manhattan skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground.
  • Hudson Yards - We’ll bring the boat to a standstill in front of the Hudson Yards Complex for a close look at The Vessel and the surrounding modern structures.
  • Governors Island - From the water, our captain will point out several historical edifices on Governors Island, which has served as an Army base, a Coast Guard Station, and is now a vast public park.
What's Included
  • U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain
  • Landing and/or facility fees
  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
  • Local taxes
What's Not Included
  • Tour-guide/Captain gratuities are not included
Additional Information

The ultimate personalized tour experience in New York Harbor! See the city from the best positions and capture the world-renowned skyline on the same vessel used by media agencies to cover current news events! Our Exciting Sightseeing Tour takes you on a memorable journey through the harbor. The narrated tour highlights over 40 sights on the local waterways. You’ll view the city from unique perspectives, selected specifically with photography enthusiasts in mind. We’ll bring you up close to major attractions and provide ample distance for you to snap panoramic shots of the skyline. Our captains pause the boat at numerous spots along the route to offer you the chance to snap unforgettable photos. It’s the ideal way to get to know the layout of New York City during your visit, and it’s a great time for both tourists and residents alike!

  • Our tours run with a minimum of 4 passengers
  • Minimum age is 4 years; minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Adult pricing applies to all passengers
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to your late arrival
  • No high heels; flat shoes only
  • Recommended: Bring sunglasses and your camera!
225 Liberty St
Liberty Street
Departure Point: Departs from North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place Address for map apps is 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY Address: North Cove Marina 225 Liberty Street New York, NY 10280 Directions: From the corner of South End Avenue and Liberty Street, walk past the security barrier and down the ramp towards North Cove Marina. You will see three flag poles at the bottom of the walkway and a small park (Pumphouse Park) will be on your right hand side. Our boats 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'. Please wait at the gate and our captains will greet you there.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 20, 2024
Great experience - Fantastic experience Well done and felt safe the whole time. Great way to see the city from a different angle. Don’t get wet.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 20, 2024
Excellent - Sherrie, our guide, was charming, welcoming, professional and proficient. I appreciated their competency and experience. Felt extremely comfortable and well-taken care of. The views were glorious. What a fun way to spend a few hours!!!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 18, 2024
Best boat ride in Manhattan! - Boat trip was great. Our captain Sherri was great. It’s the best way to see New York, and I’ve lived here!
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Jun 18, 2024
Best tour ever! - My third time with NY Media Boat, by far my favorite tour ever! A wonderful blend of exciting speed boat, sightseeing and history, my face hurts from smiling so much! Brought a friend from out of town, she agreed, best way to see NYC. Thanks Captain Eric for a perfect adventure, you never disappoint!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jun 16, 2024
Brilliant sightseeing rib ride - Sherry was an awesome guide and a fantastic captain! The rib is super powerful. The boat ride was so much fun and no one got wet, we saw all the sights and Sherry did a brilliant job giving us all the info. Will definitely come back
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Jun 16, 2024
Best Experience in NYC!!! - This was easily the best part of our visit to NY City. Fun!!! Like being on an amusement park ride and seeing sites of NY city at the same time. Stopped at all of the important locations for photos. Will go on this tour every time I go to NYC.
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Jun 15, 2024
MUST BOOK! - Captain Sherry was phenomenal. I lived in NJ my whole life and I still saw things I haven’t seen on this tour. The company is top notch, the tour is an amazing value and the boat is 100x better than those huge Groupon disasters. I will be telling everyone about our experience!
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Jun 14, 2024
Best New York tour - The best way to see New York! Eric our guide was really great. Took pictures of us at the photo stops. As someone who gets motion sick very easily. I forgot to take anything beforehand (very silly of me) and I didn't even feel anything! Would definitely recommend. Thanks Eric!
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Jun 14, 2024
Excellent - Excellent views, excellent Captain (Cherry), excellent Tour!!! We went on a warm Morning in June 2024 and this tour was just amazing! Cherry, our Guide/Captain, made this ride so perfect and a little special. We stopped at the best Photostops and scenic views ans she told us some really good storys about the Buildings all arouns Manhattan. We absolutly loved this boatride with Cherry and would highly recommend it to everyone who is visiting New York!!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jun 13, 2024
Highlight of our Trip - Eric was a very knowledgeable tour guide and the trip was a so much fun! The best part was probably the view of the Statue of Liberty.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 12 guests
July 2024