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As you are all aware, we at Loving New York are big fans of boat cruises and tours in New York City. They are not only super-relaxing but also offer you wonderful photo opportunities, different perspectives of the skyline, The Statue of Liberty and or the Brooklyn Bridge. We’ll explain why we recommend this tour in this article.
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The architectural boat cruise in NYC is organized by the architectural group, AIANY, which has the goal to tell the many stories behind the buildings of New York. It starts on Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers and is beautifully located on the Hudson River. From an English-speaking guide, you’ll learn interesting facts about the various structures you’ll see on the tour (there are over 150).
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Where can we Purchase Tickets for the Boat Tour?
We bought the tickets for the boat tour earlier on this site because the seats are limited and the tour is very popular. We also printed out the vouchers for the tickets on our mobile phone. At the ticket counter, they were then exchanged for the real tickets – but only after the presentation of our ID’s. Make sure to bring an ID or you won’t be able to get on the boat.
Boarding is about 5 minutes before departure. Because the weather was so good, we sat down immediately on the benches on the outer deck. But you can also take a seat in the ship. Since we did not have sunscreen we were rewarded with a great sunburn the next day.
Our Impression of the Manhattan II
The ship itself is not one of the classic modern sightseeing boats, but a beautiful wooden ship and exudes the charm of the 1920s. It’s definitely a unique boat and an experience one must have.
On the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty
Once you start going further from the shore, you will start to see the many skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. The One World Trade Center is the one that you’ll notice right away. During the boat cruise, you’ll rock with the waves, passing by Hudson Yards, home to New York’s highest observation deck, Chelsea Piers, the Hudson River Park and Brookfield Place on North Cove Marina. The southern tip of Manhattan, as you can see in the pictures, is really impressive. Then we went on towards the Statue of Liberty – which we enjoyed with a glass of white wine on hand. The first drink is included in the price of the tour!
East River to the northern tip of Manhattan, Brooklyn & Bronx
The architecture boat cruise in NYC is in the middle of the trip at this point. You’ll be traveling under 20 bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Some are over 20 years old! You’ll reach the northern tip of Manhattan Island, as well as Roosevelt Island and the United Nations building. The landscape changes every 10 minutes. When the East River meets the Hudson River you’ll notice that the metropolis of New York City is nowhere in sight.
George Washington Bridge and Hudson River
From here, the architectural boat tour will start to head back to the starting point. On the way, you’ll pass the George Washington Bridge, The Cloisters, Riverbank State Park, and the Cruise Ship Pier. If you are lucky, you can also see one of the big ships at the terminal.
Our Conclusion of the Architecture Boat Cruise in NYC
This boat tour is booked primarily by locals. A small cozy boat and nice drinks were provided and were perfect for us. Cruising around New York City, admiring the architecture and sipping on drinks
The architecture boat tour starts at pier 62, takes just over 2.5 hours and is very popular – so get it fast when you find an open slot.
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