Get an "insiders" tour of bustling New York Harbor, the largest port on the East Coast, with views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan while cruising on a luxury, triple decker boat.
The guided, two-hour journey — co-sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee which promotes the history and vitality of the harbor — leaves Pier 16 at 6:30 p.m. and heads by the Red Hook Container Terminal and visits Erie Basin, before crossing the harbor toward Staten Island.
The boat then passes Kill Van Kull, the area's busiest waterway dividing Staten Island and Bayonne, passing tug yards, oil docks and marine repair facilities. The boat also sails under the Bayonne Bridge and visits the giant container ports of Newark Bay: Port Newark and the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, where the world's largest container ships tie up.
On the way back, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial, the Robbins Reef Lighthouse, ending up at the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16.
Tickets: $39 adults; $32 for seniors and Working Harbor Committee members; $25 children (3-12). A portion of the ticket price goes to the Working Harbor Committee to support its programming.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visit the Working Harbor Committee or Circle Line Downtown to buy online. To purchase by phone, call 212-742-1969. If the cruise is not sold out in advance, tickets can also be bought on the day of the tour at the Circle Line Downtown booth on Pier 16.