New York

See New York City by Boat

From the Empire State Building to the Freedom Tower and all that glitters in between, Manhattan's skyline is one of the most iconic in the world. Visitors and locals with an urge to experience those epic views from a new perspective should venture out on the mighty Hudson and East rivers aboard a boat tour. Whether high-speed adventure boats, kayak rentals or deluxe dining cruises suit your fancy, you'll find all manner of boat tours to accommodate every budget and interest. Below, we've highlighted our 5 favorite ways to see New York City by boat.

Bateaux New York

1. Bateaux New York

Go glam on a Bateaux New York dinner cruise which sails along the Hudson River past iconic sights such as the USS Intrepid, the Freedom Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. The 3-hour tour aboard this intimate, high-end boat with a glass-enclosed dining room includes a 3-course meal with options like rib-eye steak and sweet berry galette, live music and dancing, an open bar featuring fine wines and of course, 2 outdoor decks with unbeatable skyline views. Brunch, lunch and even full moon cruises are also available. The romance factor is high on the Bateaux; woo your partner by booking an anniversary jaunt.
Bateaux New York

Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, NY 10011

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2. The Beast

Not afraid to get soaked? Feel a need for speed? Spice up your Manhattan boat tour by embarking on The Beast, a neon-green, 70-foot offshore racing powerboat. You'll hit breathtaking speeds up to 45 mph while zipping down the Hudson River en route to the Statue of Liberty on this 30-minute tour. Your captain will keep you laughing with his informative commentary as you pass the Manhattan and New Jersey shores -- but beware -- he also comes armed with a Super Soaker water gun, and he's not afraid to use it!
The Beast

Pier 83, West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036

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3. Staten Island Ferry

Any tourist (and local, for that matter) will tell you that a few days exploring Manhattan can empty your wallet. Save money and still enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island and more by hopping aboard the very inexpensive -- read: FREE -- Staten Island Ferry. This commuter boat departs daily, around the clock on its 25-minute, 5-mile trip from Lower Manhattan's Whitehall Terminal to St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. Sure, you miss a guide's commentary and a proper tour's frills, but you can enjoy the same spectacular city views from the water, at zero cost.

About the Author

Valerie Conners is a freelance writer, editor and producer who has worked with the Travel Channel for more than 14 years, specializing in travel topics including the world's best beaches, outdoor travel and romantic getaways. Her work also appears in many online and print publications including, Aol Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's Travel Guides, the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer. She's happiest when eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. She blogs about her travels at PassengerConners.com.

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