Let's Set Sail

Let's Set Sail

Although autumn is just around the corner, there is still plenty of time to enjoy sunny adventures on New York City’s waterways via an awe-inspiring sail. Here are a few options below.

For an intimate excursion, opt for a leisurely day (or night) spent onboard one of Manhattan By Sail’s historic vessels—including Shearwater, a nationally landmarked classic Newport-style schooner yacht that dates back to the 1920s; and the recently refurbished tall ship Clipper City. Both boats feature daytime sails for picture-perfect views of Lady Liberty, as well as evening sails to see the twinkling cityscape. The company also offers plenty of specialty outings—from jazz, burlesque and beer tasting aboard Clipper City to happy hour, wine tastings and champagne brunch cruises—including baby quiche and more—on Shearwater.  

Speaking of food, those with an affinity for lobster and awe-inspiring city views can get both with a trip to North River Lobster Company—a floating seafood joint that departs from Pier 81 at W. 41st St. While on the boat/restaurant, which sails north on the Hudson for 45 minutes at a time, hungry passengers can order from the counter (definitely try the lobster tacos, lobster rolls, truffle blue cheese fries or options from the raw bar and delectable desserts) and then grab a seat a table—there are three levels to choose from—and have their food delivered. Wash it all down with the white sangria and don’t worry if you haven’t finished your meal when the boat gets back to shore, as patrons can stay onboard as long as they’d like to continue their open-seas dining excursion.

For even more foodie fun, plus dancing and entertainment, folks can spread out on one of Spirit Cruises’ adventures, with everything from lunch and dinner cruises to its own mix of specialty sails, such as holiday cruises and music-themed journeys (think karaoke dinner cruises and hot Latin moonlight cruises—with free salsa lessons and dancing) available to get the heart pumping.  

As the name suggests, a trip onboard one of Statue Cruises’ sails is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty, as well as Ellis and Liberty islands. The company is the official provider for Statue of Liberty tickets and offers departures throughout the day from both New York and New Jersey.

Those who opt to explore the city by sea can also do so via the iconic black-and-yellow New York Water Taxi. The company has a wide assortment of sails, including the all-day access pass, which allows passengers to get on and off the ferry as many times as they’d like at New York Water Taxi’s six piers—including docks on W. 39th and Christopher streets, as well as Battery Park and Brooklyn’s DUMBO and Red Hook. 

Brooklyn-bound visitors can also get to the borough’s hipster ‘hoods Williamsburg and DUMBO, as well as Long Island City in Queens, with a NY Waterway’s East River Ferry Day Pass. The pass also includes access to Governors Island.


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