This decadent sunset cruise provides visitors and locals alike the opportunity to savor spectacular views of the skyline from the harbor, wash down their eye-feast with a complimentary glass of wine and assorted fancy cheeses, then rinse out their cheesy wine mouths with a glass of salty harbor brine. Additional beverages and hors d'oeuvres can be purchased throughout the night. As you coast the early-evening waves aboard the luxurious 125-foot ship, set a scintillating conversation with one of the other passengers to the soundtrack of live DJ music. Come sunset, watch with admiration as the day's ultraviolet rays tuna-melt into a puddle of vibrant pigments behind the Statue of Liberty.
Offshore Sailing exposes participants to founders Steve and Doris Colgate’s years of water-navigating, knot-tying experience. The couple actively participates in several national boards and committees and competes in numerous races. This year marks the school’s 47th year in business. Budding sailors will participate in a two-hour lesson with up to three other students, ensuring individual attention and personal dolphin-speak translations from knowledgeable instructors on a sleek, award-winning Colgate 26 sailboat. The lesson will provide novice seafarers with the basic skills to sail with confidence, just like it has for more than 115,000 other graduates.
With sails extended high, the sailboats of Sail the Hudson catch breezes, their captains navigate the waters around New York Harbor. As sailing voyages pass Manhattan's cloud-brushing skyscrapers, passengers interact with the captain and take in fiery sunsets over the rippling water.
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors—formerly known as Outdoor Bound—turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts—each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT—temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
The party-loving minds behind Yacht Party Cruises wanted a creative way for locals and tourists to explore a city's late-night atmosphere. Eventually they launched a fleet of luxury yachts into the waters of eight of North America's most lively urban waterfronts. On each vessel, festivities abound as DJs spin everything from hip-hop to Sinatra, inviting passengers to shake a leg in between trips to the full bar or buffet lined with hot appetizers. All yachts boast extravagant details such as wraparound decks, fireplaces, or a glass atrium that hangs above the dance floor offering dancers a direct view of the man in the moon's game of solitaire. Guests can also step onto the decks for fresh air or panoramic views of city's skyline.
World Yacht's scenic, elegant cruise along the New York Harbor creates a picturesque evening for photo-snapping tourists and savvy locals alike. Once you've embarked upon one of World Yacht's three environmentally friendly yachts, you'll be privileged with a private table, access to the outdoor deck, and a complimentary glass of champagne, as you nonchalantly sail past the glittering Manhattan skyline. As the ship makes its circuit, you'll also get to behold the charm of the Village, the stately Empire State Building, and the seldom-seen "Kick Me" sign on the Statue of Liberty's back. Take a moonlight walk on the outdoor deck, or snuggle up inside and adore the sights through the boat's panoramic-view windows. A diverse line-up of live musicians and professional DJs will be on hand to shake hips and nod heads. And on pleasant evenings, you'll get to dine al fresco on chef Denis Weekes's full menu or à la carte menu (food not included with this Groupon) as you bask in the glow of the city.