Fall Foliage Day Cruises from New York City

With the arrival of autumn, a trip up the Hudson River and to the Hudson Highlands makes for a great day. So, it’s time to make plans to sail north from New York City and enjoy the spectacle of the fall foliage from a comfortable boat.

View of the Palisades in autumn near the Henry Hudson Bridge in Northern Manhattan.

The sightseeing companies listed below offer special fall foliage excursions. A couple of the cruises drop anchor along the way, allowing time to enjoy the autumn scenery from a shoreline cafe or a woodland nature trail.  Check with the websites for more information and tickets. Book soon, though, as these trips are popular.

• Classic Harbor Line Fall Foliage Cruises
Classic Harbor Line sails on beautiful yachts, so the voyage experience is just as pleasing as the spectacular views along the way.   
These sails stay on the water without stopping.
Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan 2.75 hours
Fall Foliage Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack 3.75 hours
Fall Foliage Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston 2.75 hours
Fall Foliage Cruise departing from North Cove Marina 3 hours

View of the Hudson River from Cold Spring, NY

• Seastreak
Fall Foliage Cruise to Cold Spring
Weekends, October 6 - November 10
Stops in Cold Spring, NY for 4 hours before returning. Explore Main Street in Cold Spring for shopping, galleries, and restaurants.
A Foliage Brunch Cruise runs Saturdays October 13, 20, and 27th, departing from Highlands, NJ.

• American Princess Cruises
Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sailing from Riis Landing in the Rockaways, the cruise includes city views of Coney Island, the Verrazano Bridge and New York Harbor before heading up the Hudson River.

Bear Mountain State Park and Bear Mountain Lodge

• Circle Line
Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise
A 2.5-hour cruise up the Hudson to Bear Mountain with an Oktoberfest theme.
Oktoberfest Cruise runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 22nd to November 11th, and on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th.
The cruise stops at Bear Mountain State Park for 3 hours before returning to Manhattan.


• See the New York City Fall Calendar on Walking Off the Big Apple for seasonal and cultural events in the city.

• Read more about Bear Mountain on Walking Off the Big Apple.

Images by Sailing Off the Big Apple.