Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get one ticket to a 60-minute harbor cruise from CitySightseeing Cruises (an $18 value), which departs from the Battery Maritime Building.
CitySightseeing Cruises provides daily educational aquatic excursions on its double-decker ferries, familiarizing locals and visitors with New York's architectural icons. One-hour cruises around New York Harbor leave Monday though Friday at 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., and 2:10 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:40 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:40 p.m. Tours circle famous landmarks such as Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and her underappreciated but equally important sister, the Statue of the Pursuit of Property. Commentary from National Park Service rangers, historians, and scientists sprinkle the tour with bits of knowledge on harbor ecology and its history of immigration and commerce, providing passengers with enough facts to fill awkward conversations with Alex Trebek.
CitySights NY lets visitors and residents alike see the city from a thousand different angles. There are boat tours, on yachts and clippers alike, which might be include a leisurely dinner as the sun sets or a lap around the Statue of Liberty. Helicopter tours buzz around the famous statue as well, or over Manhattan. For those looking to experience the city from inside a theater, trips to Broadway offer a glimpse into New York's dramatic legacy. There are also walking tours for those who like to keep a more leisurely pace or try to pet every dog in the city.
The company's double-decker tour buses, though, whisk visitors around the Big Apple, making stops at the city's top attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, SoHo, and Chinatown. Along the way, guides narrate the tour, adding details about the city's rich history and pointing out which pigeons are friendly. Each passenger seat comes with its own speaker to ensure that you don't miss a thing. Most tours are hop-on/hop-off, meaning you can take as much time as you want at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Central Park Zoo before catching another bus later in the day.
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