The Best Sunset Boat Tours & Sailing Trips in New York City

If you want to make your New York trip a very special experience, you definitely have to check out one of these sunset sailing trips and boat tours. Not only when it’s summer in New York, these are among my absolute highlights.

I’ve done several of them myself and I still get carried away when I write about them or look at pictures of them. With two exceptions (5th and 9th place), all of the tours are aboard smaller sailing ships and yachts.

The 9 most beautiful sunset boat tours in NYC

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    Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

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    This sailing tour is so beautiful – I’ve done it myself! Aboard the Schooner America 2.0 you sail towards the Statue of Liberty and experience one of the most romantic sunsets in New York. The atmosphere on board is really great and relaxed, while you can admire the Manhattan skyline the whole time. Even a drink is included! Be sure to check it out!

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    Live Jazz City Lights Sail

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    This 90-minute live jazz sail is one of the best NYC sails I’ve ever done. You’ll sail from Chelsea Piers to New York Harbor, always with the beautiful skyline and Statue of Liberty in view. What you can expect on the Live Jazz City Lights Sail and why you should definitely do it, I’ll tell you in my report!

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    New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz

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    You will sail with the beautiful tall ship “Clipper City” from Battery Park southwards into the harbor of New York and can admire the illuminated One World Trade Center and the skyline from close range. The atmosphere on the tall ship is really very special: you are surrounded by locals, the hustle and bustle of the city is far away and you are immediately deeply relaxed.

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    New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

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    The sailing trip into the sunset is definitely one of my highlights in New York and definitely one of the best cruise in New York. During this two-hour tour, the Statue of Liberty awaits you, you can have a drink and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere!

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    Classic Harbor Line: Champagne City Lights Cruise

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    We had an amazing time onboard the luxurious 1920s inspired motor yacht. Combine sightseeing with a romantic evening and step onboard the 1920s inspired boat at Pier 62 (Chelsea Piers – W. 22nd and Hudson River). During the 90-minutes long tour, you’ll get to see iconic NYC sights along the water and most importantly breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Especially in the summer, you can admire the most beautiful sunset during this special cruise. There is seating inside the yacht and outside seating as well.

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    Circle Line - Harbor Lights Night Cruise

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    The Harbor Lights Cruise by Cricle Line is an amazing way to see the NYC from the water. As the lights start to sparkle across the Hudson and East Rivers at dusk you see the beauty of the city at night from a whole different angle.

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    Clipper City Tall Ship Sunset Sail

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    This cruise on the Clipper City Tall Ship Sailing Boat will give you some amazing views of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and much more. Cruising over the waters surrounding NYC on this historic sailing ship is definitely an amazing experience you wont regret being a part of.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

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    From one of our absolute favorite boat tours in New York there is also a Jazz Cruise. You are on board a luxury yacht in the style of the 1920s, which has a wonderful charm and is not to be compared with the big sightseeing ships. The jazz cruise starts at the Chelsea Piers and takes you along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and the harbor of New York. On the way you can enjoy a wonderful view of the New York skyline and smooth jazz at the same time.

    And the best part? The first drink is included in the price of the Jazz Cruise!

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    Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Yacht Cruise

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    Aboard the Manhattan 2, built in the style of a 1920s yacht, this wonderful boat tour takes you from Chelsea Piers south down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. I love the atmosphere here because it feels much more intimate and personal compared to the larger tourist boats. You can sit both inside and outside, enjoying a drink included in the price and of course the sunset. Fantastic!

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    Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

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    This sunset boat ride to the Statue of Liberty departs from Pier 36 on the East River. From here you will sail along the East River towards the southern tip of Manhattan, passing under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. 

    Then you continue to the Statue of Liberty and a little bit up the Hudson River, so that you can see the skyline of New York from both sides of Manhattan.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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