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New York Harbor
One of the largest natural harbors in the world, New York Harbor is the gateway to Manhattan. It’s also a scenic spot to explore and a must for first-time visitors to New York City, with photo ops aplenty along its walking trails, bridges, and piers.

The Basics

Most visitors go to New York Harbor for the views of the city’s beloved Statue of Liberty. Look at her from afar, or get up close on a sightseeing cruise. Many tours to the Statue of Liberty include a stop at Ellis Island, another can’t-miss New York landmark—and Liberty and Ellis islands offer sweeping views of downtown Manhattan.

Alternatively, jet-ski, kayak, or boat in the harbor waters, or embark on a dinner cruise or sunset sail for a glimpse of Manhattan at its brightest. Or, simply take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry or one of the other public boats that transport both locals and tourists around the city.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Staten Island Ferry is free, and a 1-way trip lasts around 15 minutes.
  • Sightseeing cruises typically offer food and beverages for purchase.

How to Get There
Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, the New York Harbor is served by cruise ships, commuter ferries, and tourist boats. Sightseeing and dinner cruises usually leave from Battery Park. If you’re taking the subway to Battery Park, get off at Bowling Green station.

When to Get There
New York Harbor is a 24-hour destination, with watercraft arriving and departing at all hours. Evening is arguably the best time for a sightseeing tour—there’s something magical about watching the city light up after dark.

Governors Island

The biggest island in New York Harbor, Governors Island is a former military outpost open to visitors from May through October. Covering more than 170 acres (69 hectares), this piece of land has a history that goes back to the early 17th century. Explore Fort Jay, Castle Williams, Colonel’s Row, and the South Battery, or check out the various temporary art installations and the annual art fair.
Address: New York City, New York 10305, USA
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Statue of Liberty Circle Line Express CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty Circle Line Express Cruise

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See New York City from the water and from one of its famous Circle Line boats on this trip. Book ahead of time to ensure your place for a departure that fits your schedule, and enjoy unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Manhattan’s skyscrapers, One World Trade Center, and New Jersey’s skyline. Plus, as you sightsee, learn about New York’s history via an on-board guide’s commentary.
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New York City Harbor Lights CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on a tour that covers two NYC landmarks. Listen to the live narration from you guide through your own personal headset; enjoy priority access to the ferry; and get the best views of Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor by boat. Plus, you'll ascend the Statue of Liberty pedestal for privileged views of the city skyline.
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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights TourChristmas

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

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New York City has some of the best displays of holiday lights in the world, but they’re spread out all over the city, making it hard to see them all on your own. This Dyker Heights Christmas lights tour by bus takes you to Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Center, and other Christmas-themed stops before heading to Dyker Heights, the granddaddy of all Christmas-light extravaganzas.
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter FlightHelicopter Tours

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty CruiseDay Cruises

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

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See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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Statue of Liberty Pedestal ExpressCultural Tours

Statue of Liberty Pedestal Express

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Visit the iconic Statue of Liberty, and spend time on Ellis Island—a historic gateway for many immigrants arriving in America—on this seamless, half-day landmarks tour. Your ticket includes guaranteed entry to the Statue of Liberty's pedestal observation deck (which offers panoramic views of the New York skyline), an audio guide in nine languages, and round-trip ferry transit. You can even upgrade to explore Liberty Island or both destinations in the company of a guide.
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Bateaux New York Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

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Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
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Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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The Statue of Liberty is New York's most iconic landmark and lines for the Liberty Island ferry can be long, especially in the afternoon. On this tour, save time with reserve access and enjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island. Visit the Pedestal Museum, climb to the top of the Pedestal for a stunning view of the NYC skyline, and enjoy free time on the island before returning to Manhattan.
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Rock the Yacht Party CruiseDay Cruises

Rock the Yacht Party Cruise

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Experience a New York City party on the water during this entertaining cruise along New York Harbor. See the best of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks—like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty—while soaking up the party atmosphere of music and dancing on board. Leave the club lines and crowds behind and enjoy this exclusive night out in NYC.
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NYC Statue of Liberty CruiseDay Cruises

NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

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See New York City from the water with a sightseeing cruise from a bustling East River Pier. Navigate the New York Harbor for stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, watch for the iconic shape of the World Financial Center, and capture unforgettable images of the city skyline. See Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, then watch the Big Apple’s shoreline unfurl as you take it in from the deck of a comfortable sightseeing vessel.
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Jazzy Champagne Brunch CruiseWater Tours

Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Soak up the Big Apple with brunch, bottomless mimosas, and live jazz on this 2-hour boat cruise. Sail around the island of Manhattan and New York Harbor, passing highlights such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. While you sightsee, help yourself to drinks and a delicious afternoon brunch on board.
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New York Harbor Hop-On Hop-Off CruiseHop-on Hop-off Tours

New York Harbor Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise

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See New York City from the water and stop to explore top attractions along the way on this hop-on hop-off cruise. With just one ticket, you can spend all day cruising around Manhattan and stopping at any of the four piers to explore sites like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, traveling by water lets you avoid the city’s hectic traffic and enjoy skyline views.
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New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line CruiseNew Years

New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

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This year, celebrate in style with a New Year’s Eve cruise in New York City. Soak up unforgettable views of the sparkling Manhattan skyline as you cruise along the New York Harbor, and enjoy unlimited drinks from the full bar accompanied by savory appetizers. At midnight, ring in the new year with a champagne toast and spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty fireworks display. An onboard DJ keeps the party going all night with dance-worthy tunes.
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New York Harbor Hop-on Hop-off Cruise with 9/11 Museum TicketHop-on Hop-off Tours

New York Harbor Hop-on Hop-off Cruise with 9/11 Museum Ticket

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Busy travelers can a break from the crowds and traffic of New York City and instead see the city from the water on this hop-on hop-off cruise. Between stops at top landmarks and attractions, you can enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline from a climate-controlled cabin or viewing deck. Plus, with tickets to the 9/11 Museum included, you can visit one of NYC’s most important sites.
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor CruiseCity Tours

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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Spirit of New York City Buffet Lunch CruiseLunch Cruises

Spirit of New York City Buffet Lunch Cruise

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Relax on a comfortable boat as it cruises around New York Harbor and Manhattan on this relaxing 2-hour afternoon cruise that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ'ed music. Get great views and a different perspective on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. And indulge in the delicious buffet lunch wile doing it. Upgrade the afternoon to receive a welcome glass of champagne in a souvenir glass, a table for your party size, and access to a platinum open bar.
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Around Manhattan Brunch CruiseBrunch Cruises

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise

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Do brunch in style during this leisurely cruise around the island of Manhattan with a 4-course brunch included. Go back in time as you board the 1920s-style yacht with teak floors and open-air decks and raise a glass to brunch in the Big Apple. Choose from pastries, classic brunch dishes, fruit and more at the buffet. Enjoy the everchanging skyline views as you sail around the entire island.
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New York City Lights Dinner CruiseNight Cruises

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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

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See New York from a different perspective: from the water. This 3-hour dinner cruise is a memorable way to spend an evening in New York City, marveling at the tall skyline and seeing some of the world's most famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center. Drink libations, eat good food and listen to music as a DJ spins tunes onboard the boat. Consider upgrading to a private window-side table with Champagne  — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else!
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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!Historical & Heritage Tours

Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Ditch your smartphone and guidebook to delve deeper into the history of New York City with a guide on this small-group walking tour. Stroll through Lower Manhattan—the site of the original 17th-century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam—and unravel its history and evolution as you visit its historical locations. See Wall Street, Bowling Green, and more; and hear tales and insight about the early city that many miss.
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New Year's Eve Cruise with View of the NYC Skyline and FireworksNew Years

New Year's Eve Cruise with View of the NYC Skyline and Fireworks

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Ring in the New Year in New York City on this exclusive New Year's Eve cruise on New York Harbor. As the clock strikes midnight, your boat will be in the perfect position to watch the fireworks erupt over the sparkling city. Enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres and sip on drinks from the open bar while admiring the world-famous New York skyline.
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New York City Sunset SailSailing Trips

New York City Sunset Sail

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Enjoy a New York City evening on the water during this 2-hour twilight cruise. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline while the sun sets, and order drinks from the on-board bar (own expense). This is a great way to start a night out in the Big Apple.
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THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDECultural Tours

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE

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See Downtown Manhattan from a rare perspective on a bus tour that includes state–of–the–art virtual reality technology. As you cruise past top landmarks, your goggles take you back in time to important historical moments, from George Washington’s inauguration to Black Tuesday. When you’re not immersed in the VR scenes, your guide provides little–known facts about points of interest on the itinerary, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and One World Trade.
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