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New York Harbor Tours

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New York Harbor
One of the largest natural harbors in the world, New York Harbor is the gateway to Manhattan. It’s also a scenic spot to explore and a must for first-time visitors to New York City, with photo ops aplenty along its walking trails, bridges, and piers.

The Basics

Most visitors go to New York Harbor for the views of the city’s beloved Statue of Liberty. Look at her from afar, or get up close on a sightseeing cruise. Many tours to the Statue of Liberty include a stop at Ellis Island, another can’t-miss New York landmark—and Liberty and Ellis islands offer sweeping views of downtown Manhattan.

Alternatively, jet-ski, kayak, or boat in the harbor waters, or embark on a dinner cruise or sunset sail for a glimpse of Manhattan at its brightest. Or, simply take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry or one of the other public boats that transport both locals and tourists around the city.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Staten Island Ferry is free, and a 1-way trip lasts around 15 minutes.
  • Sightseeing cruises typically offer food and beverages for purchase.

How to Get There
Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, the New York Harbor is served by cruise ships, commuter ferries, and tourist boats. Sightseeing and dinner cruises usually leave from Battery Park. If you’re taking the subway to Battery Park, get off at Bowling Green station.

When to Get There
New York Harbor is a 24-hour destination, with watercraft arriving and departing at all hours. Evening is arguably the best time for a sightseeing tour—there’s something magical about watching the city light up after dark.

Governors Island

The biggest island in New York Harbor, Governors Island is a former military outpost open to visitors from May through October. Covering more than 170 acres (69 hectares), this piece of land has a history that goes back to the early 17th century. Explore Fort Jay, Castle Williams, Colonel’s Row, and the South Battery, or check out the various temporary art installations and the annual art fair.
Address: New York City, New York 10305, USA
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34 Tours and Activities to Experience New York Harbor

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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour

Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour

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Discover three of New York City's most memorable sites on this Viator Exclusive tour, available nowhere else. Hear the history of Wall Street on a guided walking tour, then visit the 9/11 Memorial to learn about one of the most significant events in NYC history. Finally, ride the ferry to Liberty Island and enjoy an audio tour of the Statue of Liberty and its museum.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$49.00
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Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

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Savor the traditional New York City brunch with a serious twist on this Big Apple champagne sailing cruise. Tuck into a full buffet, complete with coffee, tea and Prosecco. Enjoy homemade muffins, breads and bagels, plus meats, cheese and more. Relax on board as you make your way through the placid waters surrounding the city and take in epic skylines as you enjoy brunch. This cruise is capped at 40 people, which ensures there's plenty of room on deck. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Admire New York City's famous skyline from the water on this afternoon cruise. Choose from two departure times and set sail around New York Harbor on-board a historic sailboat. Enjoy incredible views of Manhattan and spot landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. While on-board, help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$45.00
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Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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The Statue of Liberty is New York's most iconic landmark and lines for the Liberty Island ferry can be long, especially in the afternoon. On this tour, save time with reserve access and enjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island. Visit the Pedestal Museum, climb to the top of the Pedestal for a stunning view of the NYC skyline, and enjoy free time on the island before returning to Manhattan.
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  • 4 hours
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NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

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See New York City from the water with a sightseeing cruise from a bustling East River Pier. Navigate the New York Harbor for stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, watch for the iconic shape of the World Financial Center, and capture unforgettable images of the city skyline. See Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, then watch the Big Apple’s shoreline unfurl as you take it in from the deck of a comfortable sightseeing vessel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$25.00
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Statue of Liberty Pedestal Express

Statue of Liberty Pedestal Express

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Visit the iconic Statue of Liberty, and spend time on Ellis Island—a historic gateway for many immigrants arriving in America—on this seamless, half-day landmarks tour. Your ticket includes guaranteed entry to the Statue of Liberty's pedestal observation deck (which offers panoramic views of the New York skyline), an audio guide in nine languages, and round-trip ferry transit. You can even upgrade to explore Liberty Island or both destinations in the company of a guide.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$363.00
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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$234.00
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Embark on a unique sailing adventure on this craft beer cruise of New York Harbor. Take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty from aboard a replica of a historic tall ship—one of the largest vessels in the country. As you sail, taste six different New York craft beers served with cheese and charcuterie form a local Brooklyn deli. You can even take a turn at the helm if you like!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

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Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese. Cruise alongside the State of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city's top attractions while sipping wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail

New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail

If you're looking for a relaxing Sunday morning excursion, without the hassle of busy brunch lines, try this scenic cocktail cruise on New York Harbor. After you hop aboard the sailboat, grab an included cocktail and sit back to let the harbor breeze blow your hair. Along the way, take in views of the city skyline, and see top sights including the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Lower Manhattan is home to so many of New York City’s iconic sights that it can be hard to know where to begin. See the highlights in just hours with this private walking tour that takes you through the area’s history-making moments from Dutch colonial settlers to the birth of the New York Stock Exchange. Walk in the shadow of the modern skyscrapers and end at the 9/11 Memorial.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour

You can explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty—without the trouble of planning or navigating on your own—with this hassle-free half-day tour. Start your adventure exploring Battery Park, before you're whisked past the lines for a scenic ferry ride in New York Harbor. Take your time admiring Lady Liberty with an audio tour and prebooked admission tickets, and even upgrade your experience and to visit the Pedestal for to make the most of your day.
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  • 4 hours
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$56.52
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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From Dutch settlers to the international business hub of Wall Street, the story of Lower Manhattan is both central to New York's history and its current role as a global metropolis. Uncover the story of this historic stretch of the Big Apple with a small-group tour. From Bowling Green to Trinity Church, you can hear the history of the city, learn about the Founding Fathers, and address the tragic events of 9/11—all with a guide to lead the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

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See some of New York’s top attractions away from the mobs of people on land during this daytime Statue of Liberty sail aboard a historical sailing ship. Cruise around New York Harbor, and enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on a tour that covers two NYC landmarks. Listen to the live narration from you guide through your own personal headset; enjoy priority access to the ferry; and get the best views of Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor by boat. Plus, if you upgrade, ascend the Statue of Liberty pedestal for privileged views of the city skyline.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York Sunset Schooner Cruise on the Hudson River

New York Sunset Schooner Cruise on the Hudson River

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Experience the magical sunset over New York City from the water on this evening cruise. Set sail along the Hudson River on a traditional 2-masted sailboat, the Schooner Adirondack, and admire views of landmarks such as the One World Trade Center, Battery Park, and the Statue of Liberty from the water. While on-board, enjoy an included drinks on deck.
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  • 2 hours
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Statue of Liberty Tour and 9/11 Museum Entry

Statue of Liberty Tour and 9/11 Museum Entry

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Experience three of NYC’s top sights, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and National September 11th Memorial and Museum, during this full-day tour. Maximize your time in New York City with priority boarding for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island. After exploring these on your own, join a downtown walking tour with stops at Saint Paul’s Chapel and 9/11 Memorial and Museum skip-the-line access.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory

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Since the One World Observatory opened in 2015, it’s been the hottest ticket in town. Guarantee your visit with a prebooked ticket to the 101st floor of One World Trade Center. But that’s not all: This full-day excursion includes a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty, plus a visit to Ellis Island and the reflecting pools of the National September 11 Memorial.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.00
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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Ditch your smartphone and guidebook to delve deeper into the history of New York City with a guide on this small-group walking tour. Stroll through Lower Manhattan—the site of the original 17th-century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam—and unravel its history and evolution as you visit its historical locations. See Wall Street, Bowling Green, and more; and hear tales and insight about the early city that many miss.
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  • 2 hours
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