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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

Explore the gorgeous Hudson River Valley as you escape New York City on this 8-hour Circle Line cruise to Bear Mountain. Spend 2.5 hours traveling up the Hudson River, enjoying scenic views of the Palisades, Ulysses S. Grant’s Tomb and the beautiful rolling hills along the way. On board you’ll have access to German beer and food, thanks to the featured Onboard Oktoberfest, along with live music on Saturdays. Then arrive at Bear Mountain, where you’ll have 3 hours to spend hiking checking out the zoo or riding the on-site carousel before returning to New York.


  • Full-day cruise from New York to Bear Mountain
  • Sail 2.5 hours each way along the scenic Hudson River, passing the Palisades, Grant’s Tomb, the George Washington Bridge and the Cloisters
  • Enjoy German beer and food at the Onboard Oktoberfest on the boat, with live music on Saturdays
  • 3 hours (approx.) of free time on Bear Mountain to enjoy hiking, boating, visiting the zoo, or riding the carousel
  • Light narration on the boat while enjoying the beauty of the fall foliage

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What You Can Expect

Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

Discover the hidden getaway of Bear Mountain, just hours from the hustle and bustle of New York City, during this 8-hour round-trip cruise up the Hudson River. Take in fabulous river views accompanied by German food, beer (and live weekend entertainment) on the boat, then spend a few hours relaxing amidst the natural beauty at Bear Mountain.

Start your day in the morning at Pier 83 in Manhattan, departing by boat as you head north up the Hudson. During the ride you’ll cruise past such iconic landmarks as the high cliffs of the Palisades, Grant’s Tomb, the Cloisters medieval garden and the George Washington Bridge. The trip is even more spectacular in the fall months, when golden and orange-hued trees line the riverbanks. If you’re feeling hungry, grab some German beer or food (your own expense) thanks to the onboard Oktoberfest, which also includes live music on Saturdays.

Soon you’ll arrive at Bear Mountain, situated 45 miles (72 kilometers) outside of the Big Apple, in the Hudson Highlands area. Spend three hours in this beautiful region at your leisure. Among the many options are the Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Perkins Tower and the carousel and pavilion. 

An optional picnic lunch tour option allows you to enjoy a delicious outdoor meal once you arrive at the recreation area, and those who wish can purchase drinks, wine, beer, cocktails, hot dogs, sandwiches and snack foods on board during the ride.

Customer Reviews

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience. Chairs could have been more comfortable

Bart L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The staff was very professional and friendly, the boat was clean and safe, add more women's bathrooms, please!!! I felt bad for the women they had very long waits for the bathroom. Thank you, Circle Line, for your graciousness!!!

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome day out. Lovely boat with a fantastic commentary.

janice o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The circle line cruise to bear mountain was just lovely. The MC was very informative and funny. The bartender, Aleshia, was great. I enjoyed it and will return to do other trips.
This trip, however, is not for the handicap or old. There was much walking and up a very steep mountain. FYI wear good walking shoes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

we enjoyed the tour very much,first there was error for sept 13,was corrected and got this tour very nice day would recomend to any one...,,//

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beautiful spot would be perfect in Fall - really enjoyed the day

Cristina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Wonderful view of NYC, the staff was very professional. I highly recommen this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Weather was beautiful, staff vey helpful a fabulous day and worth the money .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a fun trip - the weather was good and the Oktoberfest was full of good food and beer. The vendors were selling nice items - worth the time and $$$$.

Sonia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We enjoyed our trip to Bear Mountain. Captain was great -he announced points of interest as we sailed up the Hudson. Climbing the mountain was fun-enjoyed the zoo.Scenery was awesome-took lots of great pictures
October fest was in full swing-lots of vendors and food.
We will take this trip again in the summer.

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