Seeing NYC by Boat

What follows is a list of resources and links for exploring New York by boat. The list includes the popular boat sightseeing companies, commuter ferries, organizations that offer sailing lessons, and resources for learning more about the waters and waterfront. More links, details, and resources will be added over time. This list does not currently include ocean-going cruise ships that sail on long voyages.

Vessels at the South Street Seaport

Companies and Vessels ⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴

“There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in.” ― Mark Twain

NYC Ferry docking at Brooklyn Bridge Park (DUMBO)

NYC Ferry
See related posts, A Beginner's Guide to Riding the NYC Ferry
and Windblown: A Day Trip on the NYC Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

Governors Island Ferry

Governors Island Ferry

Seastreak specializes in commuter trips to New Jersey

Seastreak Ferries
Commuter trips to New Jersey; ferries to Sandy Hook, NJ in season; Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (also in season).
*See related post, A Round-trip Ride from Manhattan to the Jersey Shore

NY Waterway headed to Jersey City

NY Waterway 
NYC/NJ routes

Manhattan By Sail
Clipper City, The Battery Slip 2
Shearwater North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place

Classic Harbor Line's yacht Manhattan II at Chelsea Piers

Classic Harbor Line
*See related post, When Infrastructure Happens: A Semicircular Boat Tour of New York

South Street Seaport
Schooner PIONEER

The Audubon Yacht

The Circle Line circling Northern Manhattan, View from Muscota Marsh in the Inwood neighborhood.

Circle Line
Pier 83

NY Water Taxi

IKEA Express

Statue Cruises, as seen from inside another boat

Statue Cruises
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Hornblower New York

American Princess Cruises
Seal and Bird Watching

Bateaux New York

Spirit Cruises (NYC)

Narwhal Yacht Charters (charter)

Sailaway NY (charter)


Sailing Lessons ⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.”- Louisa May Alcott

American Sailing Association

Hudson River Community Sailing

Docks for Hudson River Community Sailing at La Marina, end of Dyckman Street, Northern Manhattan

Manhattan Sailing School

Atlantic Yachting

City Island Yacht Club

NY Sailing Center

SOUL Sailing

Rowing Lessons


Harlem River Community Rowing


Nautical and Maritime Museums; Historic Ships 🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street

Waterfront Museum
290 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Red Hook

Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Pier 86, W. 4th Street

PortSide NewYork
Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231

City Island Nautical Museum

City Island Nautical Museum
190 Fordham Street, City Island

Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor, Staten Island
See related story here.

Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave.
Yonkers, NY

Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY


General Information 🏙🏙🏙🏙🏙🏙🏙

At Pier 11 Wall Street

“Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon. Go from Corlears Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence, by Whitehall northward. What do you see? - Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries."- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Chapter 1 - Loomings, p. 1.

New York Harbor Cam

Marine Traffic - realtime locations of vessels.

Tugster: a waterblog by Will Van Dorp provides a well-informed documentation of New York’s “sixth boro.”

NYC Flood Hazard Mapper

NYC: A City of Water

NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan


More to come...

Images by Sailing Off the Big Apple.