New York City is an island – get out on the water and enjoy the views.
NYC ferry rides are a great deal. For $2.75, the price of a subway ticket, you can take a ferry from Wall Street, cruise under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges to Astoria with a stop at Roosevelt Island along the way. You can buy a ticket on the app. Children under 44” ride free. Your ticket is good for multiple rides for 90 minutes, so you can even get off to explore and hop back on another ferry. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and food and drinks are available onboard. Pick a day to sit outside – that is where you’ll enjoy the views. These new ferries were launched at the end of August last year, so most of us are just discovering them now that Spring is arriving. The ferries double as commuter transport and tourist adventures. Avoid commuter hours if you want to escape the crowds.
New York subways and buses have not been organized to give access to the water, so the ferry wharfs tend to be in places you have not explored before – this makes them interesting.
Our family likes a Sunday ferry ride from East 90th street to Wall Street and back. We’ve read good reviews of the trip from Wall Street to the Rockaways – with beaches, a boardwalk, outdoor bars, restaurants and water sports. Long Island City has art galleries and microbreweries. Astoria has great Greek food, The Museum of the Moving Image and public pools to escape the summer heat.
Governor’s Island has 172 acres of paths, grass, grilling stations, playgrounds and food vendors with frequents festivals. Bike rentals are available. NY Waterway runs a ferry from the Battery Maritime Building on Manhattan and Pier 6 in Brooklyn from early May to early October. $3 for adults. Children under 12 are free.
The Staten Island Ferry is a great free way to the Statue of Liberty up close. from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at 4 South Street) to the St. George neighborhood in Staten Island. Staten Island Ferry.
Be a tourist someday. The Circle Line leaves Pier 83 on the Hudson River and cruises around Manhattan in about two and a half hours with guides pointing out the iconic buildings. It is a wonderful way to see NYC. $43 per adult, $36 for children 3-12. Circle Line.
Feeling wild? Wear your bathing suit or waterproof clothes and climb aboard The Beast for a NYC jetboat tour. Adults $30, children $25.
Feeling sophisticated? Classic Harbor Line has a fleet of classic yachts and a variety of cruises from an hour and half to nine hours. Classic Harbor Line.
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