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Summer Fun for Families with the New York Water Taxi and Circle Line Downtown


You don’t have to be a Howell (or a friend of Gilligan or Ginger) to enjoy a one, two, three or more hour cruise about the Isle of Manhattan this season. New York Water Taxi (NYWT) and Circle Line Downtownoffers Happy Hour Cruises, speed boat thrill rides, Hidden Harbor Tours, Eco-Cruises, an all day all access Hop-on/Hop-Off pass and even opportunities to charter your own boat and create your own adventure.

Below are highlights of what is on deck through October.

What do all of those ships and tugs streaming up and down the Hudson and East Rivers actually do? Where do they go? What do they carry? New York has one of the busiest harbors in the world. An estimated 65% of non-perishable items purchased in the world are carried by boat and shipping is the most “green” way to get goods from one point to another.

Curious about how your sneakers or the TV you watch actually arrived at the store where you purchased them? Then hop aboard the luxury yacht Zephyr and join the Working Harbor Committee for a “behind the tour of the inner-workings of the third busiest harbor in the United States and learn how these item got to the store for you to purchase.

Brooklyn Tour July 10th 6:15pm – 8:15pm (boards 6:00pm)
This tour heads up the East River to the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, passing under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Navy Yard has three large graving docks and an active shipyard and is the homeport of the FDNY’s fireboat division. The tour then travels south along the Brooklyn waterfront passing Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Red Hook Container Terminal, Atlantic Basin, and Erie Basin, home of the Hughes Brothers Barges and Reinauer Tugs. The route continues into Gowanus Bay and along the Sunset Park waterfront, home of the former Bush Terminals before crossing over to the Statue of Liberty and back to Pier 16.

Newark Bay Tour July 24th
6:15pm – 8:15pm (boards at 6:00pm)
This tour passes by the Red Hook Container Terminal and visits Erie Basin, home of Hughes Brothers Barges and Reinauer Tugs before crossing the harbor toward Staten Island. It then enters Kill Van Kull, the area's busiest waterway dividing Staten Island and Bayonne, passing tug yards, oil docks and marine repair facilities and passes under the Bayonne Bridge and visits the giant container ports of Newark Bay, Port Newark and Port Elizabeth where the world's largest container ships tie up. On the way back, this Hidden Harbor tour passes by Military Ocean Terminal, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial, the Robbins Reef Lighthouse and another container port, ending up at the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16

North River Tour August 7th 6:15pm – 8:15pm
Hosted by renown maritime historian Bill Miller, this tour passes
around the southern tip of Manhattan and the large ferry terminals to Staten Island and Governors Island then travels north up along the west side of Manhattan passing the Battery & Castle Clinton, then most of Hudson River Park, including historic ships, ferry terminals, fireboat terminals, historic Pier 57, Chelsea Piers, excursion boats, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum and finally the passenger ship terminals. This Hidden Harbor tour then crosses over to the New Jersey side passing the historic Hoboken waterfront, scene of "On The Waterfront", another active shipyard, Morris Canal entrance and finally, visits the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16.

Hidden Harbor Tour departs Pier 16, South Street Seaport
Tickets: Adults $29.00, Children (3-12 years old) $15.00, Seniors 65+ $22.00
To purchase, visit or call 212-742-1969

SUNDAYS JULY 8, 15th, 29th & AUGUST 5th & 12th
Each year thousands of herons migrate to New York City from the South to nest to small islands in New York Harbor. Hosted by Audubon naturalists, this 90-minute cruise takes you “up close and personal” for a visit with these majestic birds. Cruise under famous bridges, renowned monuments and past the most famous skyline in the world to get to know some of the city’s lesser known aviary residents aboard New York Water Taxi’s fleet of community-conscious vessels with low-wake hull and hospital grade mufflers designed to honor the city’s waterways.

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Audubon Eco Tours of the Hoffman, Swinburne and Brothers Islands
July 8th, July 15th, July 29th, August 5th and August 12th
Departs South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Tickets: Adults $35.00, Children (3-12 years) $25.00
To purchase, visit or call 212-742-1969

SHARK Speedboat Thrill ride
Take a speedboat ride with a bite aboard the Shark. This 30-minue-thrill ride with a bite speeds around the horn of southern Manhattan. Breeze past the Statue of Liberty aboard this gleaming monster and catch once-in-a-lifetime views of famed landmarks including historic Battery Park, the World Financial Center, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Music and fun interactive crews enhance the entire jaw dropping experience.

Departs South Street Seaport, Pier 16
May weekends only 12:00pm – dusk
June 12:00pm – 5:00pm, hourly
July – August 12:00pm – 7:00pm, hourly
September weekends only. 12:00pm - dusk

Tickets: Adults: $24.00, Seniors 65+ $22.00, Children (3-12 years) $17.00 (Must be 40” tall). To purchase, visit or call 212-742-1969

Whether you're just visiting New York City for a day or you've lived here your entire life and want to learn more about your home town, New York Water Taxi's Hop-On/Hop-Off service is the only water ride in NYC where one ticket is all that you need to see and get to some of the city's greatest sights, monuments and attractions!

Get the best view in town from New York Water Taxi’s open-air top deck and see the Manhattan’s spectacular skylines. See: the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island and hop-on and off to visit Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Times Square / Broadway Hudson River Park, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Financial District /Wall Street, South Street Seaport, DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park and more.Package your Hop-On/Hop-Off Harbor Cruise with a visit to the National September 11 Memorial.

As an official transportation partner of the 9/11 Memorial, NYWT offers a free visitor pass to see the 9/11 Memorial with the purchase of a Hop-On/Hop-Off Pass. The 9/11 Memorial provides reservations free of charge.

At the 9/11 Memorial, visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the World Trade Center rebuilding taking place around them - including the construction of 1 World Trade Center, which will be the tallest building in the United States. During this interim period of construction, access to the 9/11 Memorial is managed by a timed reservation system for both individuals and groups.

The timed Visitor Pass allows passengers to plan their visit to the 9/11 Memorial at a select time that coordinates with their NYWT Hop-On/Hop-Off Pass from Pier 84, West 44th Street to Battery Park, Slip 6 – a short walk from the 9/11 Memorial.

For more information, visit or call 212-742-1969

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