Manhattan Boat Ride: Ultimate New York Sightseeing
499 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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Nov 12, 2023
Worth the money, worth the trip, worth the time! - This boat tour for me is actually one of a kind, the reason for that is because I've been on a few and all and some are cheap and short and some are long and pricey. This ones falls right in between. Boats moves at a decent speed. About an hour and affordable. Our tour guide Erik or Eric was super knowledgeable and I learned quite a few things. Certainly not in middle school will be returning back in the summer time. Hope they're around!!
Review provided by Viator
Nov 1, 2023
Fab speedboat ride - Wow, this was such a fun trip, we loved it! The views are stunning and zipping across New York harbour in a speed boat was such an experience. Our guide Eric was great, very friendly and knowledgeable & gave us plenty of time to get lots of photos. Pretty close to Statue of Liberty for photo opportunities. It was cold out on the water but fine if wrapped up warm.
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Nov 1, 2023
Do not miss! - I had high hopes for this trip after reading so many good things, and it fully lived up to the hype! The best thing we did in NY, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Oct 30, 2023
Fantastic tour with New York Media Boat Tours - Manhattan Adventure Boat Ride Fantastic tour with New York Media Boat Tours - was recommended to us & it was really cool. Saw so much - downtown, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, Ellis Island etc etc. Great fun & our teenager kids loved it (15 & 17) I did get a face full of water in the first five minutes but thanks to the heavy windproof jackets they loaned to us generally the water & wind were no problem. Not exactly a sedate trip - high speed & lots of bumping around but so fun. The skipper was really friendly & gave lots of info at each of the points the boat stopped to talk us through the sights. A fabulous intro to NYC. Would def recommend.
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Oct 25, 2023
Great way to see Manhattan - We had a great time touring Manhattan and the surrounding landmarks. Sherry was a knowledgeable guide and a very skilled pilot. It was a reasonably warm October day and so we didn’t need any additional warm clothing, however it was still offered to us regardless. The way the boat drives meant that we didn’t get wet at all and at most got a couple of drops flying over our heads! It feels nice to have the wind flowing through your hair, just remember to hold your phone and any other belongings tight. Would highly recommend as an alternative way to see Manhattan!
Review provided by Viator
Oct 16, 2023
Great overview to start our NYC trip! - When in the City it’s sometimes difficult to get your bearings because of all the tall buildings! The boat tour is an excellent way to get a better feeling for the “lay of the land”. Capt. Sherry was great and always kept an eye on the ferry/fire boat wakes during the tour so we wouldn’t get swamped! The foul weather gear is perfect. Brought friends who live in NY and they were telling their local friends how unexpectedly great it was! Highly recommend!
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Oct 15, 2023
Great for teens and tweens. - Second time we’ve taken this tour. Great for teens and tweens. A lot of fun, and quite informative. One sees a lot in the space of one hour. Our captain was professional yet very engaging. One of our granddaughters said this was the highlight of her trip.
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Oct 11, 2023
Nice - It was fun experiencing the speed boat on the waves; all the different angles of the sights was nice to take pictures and memories!
Review provided by Viator
Oct 9, 2023
Exciting way to see the sights - Exciting and fun way to see the sights. Guide was amazing - we covered so much on the tour and heard some fascinating stories. Nice mix of adrenalin and history!
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Oct 7, 2023
Fantastic way to see landmarks and captain Sean was excellent - Brilliant way to see city and great fun as well. Would highly recommend..even with slightly dodgy weather it was still excellent …best thing we did in NY
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up to 12 guests
April 2024