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Best Water Attractions in New York

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New York Water Taxi

Whether you're just visiting New York City for a day or you've lived here your entire life and want to learn more about your home town, New York Water Taxi's Hop-On/Hop-Off service is the only water ride in NYC where one ticket is all that you need to partake in some of the city's greatest sights, monuments and attractions! Get the best view in town on our top deck and see the entire New York City and New Jersey Skyline including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island and much more - all narrated by knowledgeable and entertaining guides! A cash bar is available on board to keep you refreshed along the way. Do the complete ride alone in 90-minutes - or go at your own pace, hopping on and off as many times as you like at any one of our four convenient piers (listed below), and have a blast exploring!

New York, NY, United States
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Manhattan By Sail

All aboard and check out the New York City skyline from the sea. Rent a private charter and you can enjoy the view as you are served dinner and cocktails on the deck. Daily public sails are also offered for those who'd like to venture out to sea without spending too much. They also offer specialized cruises like the Clipper City Craft Beer Tour. The public sailing schedule is subject to change, so call for reservations, prices and schedules.

New York, NY, United States
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Shearwater

Built in the 1920s by Rice Brother Corporation, Shearwater is the largest and the most elegant wooden Schooner sailing in the New York Harbor. It also finds mention in the National Register of Historic Places and has a colorful history to boast about. The yacht is currently operated by Manhattan by Sail Company, which takes you on a 90 minutes tour of the New York Harbor, and one can catch glimpses of attractions like Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and so forth and can accommodate 48 guests.

New York, NY, United States
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Statue Cruises

Statue Cruises will give you a glimpse of the New York skyline and all its important attractions as you sail down the Hudson on its vessel. They have collaborated with the management that maintains the Statue of Liberty and can thus grant you close views of the magnificent Lady Liberty. Sign up for their harbor cruises and get splendid views of New York and many of its famous landmarks, including Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and others. Check the website for further information regarding pricing, routes and packages.

New York, NY, United States
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Manhattan Bridge

The youngest of all the main bridges that span the East River, the Manhattan Bridge was finished in 1909 and it runs from Canal St. in Manhattan to East Flatbush in Brooklyn. It carries thousands of passengers each day, from cars and MTA train riders to cyclists and runners. The neighborhood in Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) provides amazing views of the bridge and the Manhattan skyline, a real reward after walking from the other side.

New York, NY, United States
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City Sightseeing New York Cruises

Sign up with City Sightseeing New York and explore New York city by sailing down the Hudson. The view from the waters will offer you a serene sight of the city; its skyline and bridges. Tourists can choose from three main cruises; Midtown, Downtown and Twilight Cruise. To get a glimpse of the most popular attractions of the city choose the Midtown Cruise which will give you glimpses of the Manhattan Bridge, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and other prime attractions. The Downtown Cruise is of a shorter duration and will take you through important attractions from the midtown tour. Enjoy the brightly lit city as the night falls with the Twilight Tour. Visitors can also charter their private boat for their own personalized tour.

New York, NY, United States
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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

New York is one of the most happening and beautiful city in the world and Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offers guests a whole new perspective of the city. Perfect for tourists, or even locals who wish to enjoy the skyline from a whole new angle, the company offers a variety of tours including dinner cruises, harbor light cruises or others. The company also caters for private events - up to 500 guests can enjoy the ambiance of the city skyline, whilst enjoying a delicious dinner and cocktails. So, call ahead and explore the city of New York like never before with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.

New York, NY, United States
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Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

The peninsular region of Coney Island offers lofty stretches of sands and makes for a perfect place to head out in summers. Apart from the stunning views of the sea, a walk along the coast will also acquaint you with a number of recreational options ranging from sports facilities to amusement rides. The area is a popular tourist hangout and therefore, is replete with an excellent number of eateries for all tastes. Irrespective of whether you just want to chill out by the beach or have a blast, you're bound to have a good time here. A number of attractions are close by if you want to venture out.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is less popular for sunbathers than the nearby Coney Island, although it is just a short eastward stroll away along the boardwalk. The neighborhood of the same name is traditionally home to a large population of Russian Jewish immigrants, making it a great destination to try traditional Russian foods. On this casual beach and on Coney Island as well, you do not need to be tanned and fit to feel at ease in a bathing suit.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Orchard Beach

Spread across 115 acres and stretching a little over one mile, Orchard Beach is a man-made beach located in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. It was created on Long Island Sound by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses during the 1930s. It is regarded as 'The Riviera' of New York and is divided into 13 sections including the beach, a hexagonal promenade, central pavilion, playgrounds, picnic areas, a parking lot and 26 courts for various ball games. During summer this place is frequented by sunbathers and beach sport enthusiasts.

Bronx, NY, United States
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