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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, 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

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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 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 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.

Customer Reviews

Sandy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The trip started early in the morning and was full of great sites along the Hudson and with narrative by the crew. Lots of good food and snacks were available on the boat. Bear Mountain was lovely and fun to hike up to the lake, the rustic café, and the gorgeous rock formations and lovely forests along the way up. Our trip was in the Fall and the leaves were stunning. The café offered hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches and soft drinks and beer. The trip back on the Hudson was just as interesting and the view of NY skyline in the afternoon was beautiful. Take this trip. You will enjoy it!! Sandy Brown

ike p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Good morning!
We enjoy our trip so much.
You can see it from attached pictures - the best foliage colours !

Arthur R J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A first time experience, but certainly re-doable. My guests thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Ambiance and service were pleasurable, the music was great. It should have been broadcast throughout the vessel. The walk at Bear Mountain was unexpected but tolerable. I'w awaiting the change in season to re-book another trip.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Boat ride was great, but not much to do at Bear Mountain.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice to see the other side of New York. Well worth the time to visit


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful! The band and the bratwurst was great. The boat trip was pleasant, and the walk and the animals we saw were enjoyable. Couldn't hear the commentary on the boat at times with everybody talking, but got some information out of it. No fall color yet this year. Everything well organized and mostly friendly staff. Really a fun day.

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.

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