Cruising Together: Ten Best Family Cruises in NYC

Written by New York Family on . Posted in Best of Manhattan, Family, Special Sections.


Via New York Family Magazine.

A boat cruise around the city is one of the most magical and quintessential city experiences. And the summertime is often the best time to schedule one for your fun-loving fam. Here are ten suggestions for trips that will take your family around the city and back.

Liberty Harbor Cruise

Explore some of the historic sites along the New York Harbor—including Ellis Island, the World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge. This one-hour,  narrated cruise tour will teach your family the history and legends about these sites as you enjoy the beauty of the view. And your kids will appreciate the snacks, soft drinks, and souvenirs available on board for purchase. Daily in July and August, weekends in September. Adults $13, seniors (62+) $10, children (5-12) $5, children 5 and under free. statuecruises.com

Liberty Cruise

This 75-minute boat ride takes you down the Hudson River to visit Lady Liberty. Enjoy narration by a professional guide as you witness views of Ellis Island, the World Financial Center, the historic immigration center, and the rising One World Trade Center. Food is available for purchase on board. Refer to cruise schedule for dates and times. Adults $27, seniors (65+) $24, children (3-12) $19, children 2 and under free. circleline42.com

Beast Speed Boat Ride

Want to experience what 45 mph on water feels like? Then the 30-minute Beast Speed Boat Ride is perfect for you. Make your way down the Hudson River toward the Statue of Liberty in a custom-built, 70-foot offshore racing powerboat. (Children must be 40” tall to ride). Refer to cruise schedule for dates and times. Adults and seniors $26, children $20. circleline42.com

Circle Line’s Kids Cruise Series

On this boat,  it’s all about kids as families travel down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty with live, kid-friendly entertainment. This cruise includes an interactive tour guide, a juggler, magician, balloon artist, and live musicians. With prizes and giveaways, picture-taking opportunities, kid-friendly food and drink, and the Berenstain Bears to boot, this cruise is sure to put a big smile on your little one’s face. Refer to cruise schedule for dates and times. Adults $28, children (3-12) $20, children 2 and under free. circleline42.com

To read the full list at New York Family Magazine click here.

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