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Explore the gorgeous Hudson River Valley on this 8-hour Circle Line cruise to Bear Mountain from New York City. 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 (available for purchase), thanks to the featured Onboard Oktoberfest, along with live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Then arrive at Bear Mountain, where you’ll have three 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 and Sundays
  • 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
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 which are available for purchase (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 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 (available for purchase) thanks to the onboard Oktoberfest, which also includes live music on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.


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, Oct 2018

Overcrowded, not enough seating; uncomfortable metal folding chairs; should have had advanced notice of steep incline trail (25 min uphill), only way to get to bear mountain inn. Oktoberfest was moved to another location, no advance warning, and no transportation provided, shuttle was for hotel guests only.

, Oct 2017

A beautiful trip. The boat cruise along the Hudson River was relaxing with lovely riverside views on both sides including the Manhattan shoreline. After the short scenic hike to the top of Bear Mountain it was lovely to see the glowing Autumn colours as elsewhere throughout my trip they had been sparse. The surprise at the end of the walk was the gorgeous Hessian Lake which I also walked around. A trip to recommend to all tourists both local and international.

, Oct 2017

Time on the mountain was superb! Great hike. The cruise itself was not for me really. I dont think its fits solo travelers much. I would rather get there faster having time for a longer hike.

, Oct 2017

The Circle Line Bear Mountain sightseeing cruise was wonderful. There was just enough time on the boat and plenty of time to go exploring when the boat docked at Bear Mountain. The boat was clean with plenty of seating both inside and out. There was great food and drinks as well. The German band was very entertaining.

, Oct 2017

Great day, highly recommended

, Oct 2017

This was a nice day. If you won't spend most of your time drinking, I recommend not sitting on the second level next to the bar. A lot of people were very drunk by the end (the had free refills on beer if you bought the mug). The food lines take forever. Nice views, enjoyed the zoo on the mountain.

, Oct 2017

Nothing there to see...Boring Trip...

, Sep 2017

Be prepared for an exhausting day! The boat has seating for all, but it's a folding chair. People decided to rearrange the chairs into circles and block walkways and doorways and not really care they were doing so. The boat has security, but they did not stop the bottlenecks of people from doing this, they seemed more concerned that nobody went to the very top deck where 'premiere' passengers were sitting.
The service at the food counter was the slowest i've ever seen in my life, and the food choices were not pretty. The German food was doled out on small plates for a high price, and the beer was plentiful but expensive. A good deal was the mug for 35.00, after 4 beers you kind of made up for the 35 dollar price tag....With so many people on the boat it is impossible to hear the narration of the sights that you pass, everybody talks over it. On the positive side, the German music was great and really set a good tone for the trip. You have to be on the bottom deck to hear it though, you cannot hear the music on the top deck. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean and the Boat staff were very friendly and helpful. They give you fair warning about Bear Mountain State park. It is an excruciating 1/2 mile uphill walk on crooked pathways to the main park, and then another 10 minute walk to the Bear Mountain inn.....the Zoo area is quaint and interesting, but again, allot of uphill prepared!.....overall, we had a good time, you are exhausted by the end of the trip, but you take in allot, it lives up to the expectation. Pricy on top of the ticket price, but then again, this is NYC....

, Sep 2017

Beautiful day on The Hudson River...hoping for trees changing color, but NYC having a heat wave so no color. Narration inaudible...sound system poor so couldn't hear about sights along the way. Not that there were many. Nothing to do at Bear Mountain .Food on board poor and cannot bring your own for picnic. All in all very boring and the waste of eight hours. The Circle Line Tour around Manhattan is much better.

, May 2017

Great view fantastic trip

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