Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man’s triumphs with today’s Groupon from Gray Line New York. Choose between the following options:
- For $14, you get one ticket to the 1.5-hour all-ages Midtown cruise (a $28 value).
- For $85, you get one ticket to the three-hour New Year’s Eve cruise (a $150 value), departing at 10 p.m. </p>
All cruises depart from Pier 78 at 455 12th Avenue.<p>
Gray Line’s comfortable ferries shuttle sightseers through the waters of New York City on expertly guided tours. On the Midtown cruise, the boat glides down the Hudson River and into New York Harbor, passing landmarks such as Ellis Island and the South Street Seaport, which dot the water and coat the boroughs’ coastlines. Erudite guides fill brains with histories, notable architecture, and buildings’ secret crushes as tour-goers catch their breath at the arresting sight of the skyline. In a climate-controlled cabin or on a balcony, passengers catch a glimpse of construction rising from Ground Zero on their way around verdant Battery Park. As the boat rounds the island into the East River, eyes gaze at the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges that crisscross the river before heading back from whence they came.
Gray Line’s New Year’s Eve cruise turns the boat into a waterborne party with a full open bar and a live DJ. Desserts and coffee keep blood pumping on the dance floor as the watercraft gently drifts up and down the Hudson, treating peepers to views of the Statue of Liberty dressed in a freshly hewn Baby New Year ensemble. A complimentary champagne toast at midnight leaves 2011 floating in the river as sparkling fireworks fill the night sky.
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.