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The Big Apple’s big attractions are best seen from the harbor, but there’s more than one way to walk on water. See Manhattan by boat three different ways on one of Harbor Experience Companies’ unique boat tours. Choose from the classic New York Water Taxi’s Statue of Liberty Express, a luxurious ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise, or zip off on the fast and furious SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride. Expect some historical and cultural surprises from Harbor Experience’s expert guides on all of the tours.
The NY Water Taxi ride is the classic hour-long NYC boat tour. Cruising on a catamaran is a thrill, but the real show is Manhattan’s skyline. See the Brooklyn Bridge the way it was meant to be seen—from the water. Then glide by the Statue of Liberty up close. You get sweeping water-views of New York’s famous sites while getting the low-down on what makes the city tick. Click here to see the New York Water Taxi schedule.
The Circle Line Downtown’s ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise is a luxurious hour-long foray into the harbor on a one-of-a-kind yacht. Sightseeing cruises don’t usually come with multiple, climate-controlled decks, plush seating, two mahogany snack bars, and indoor and outdoor decks (including a full sun deck). Set sail to a stellar backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge—it’s a feast for the senses. Click here to see the ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise schedule.
If you want to squeeze a harbor cruise into your lunch break or dental office wait, satisfy your need for speed on the SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride. The heart-pounding, 30-minute speedboat ride blasts out of South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 and zips by landmarks in a shower of waves. It’s a full-fledged show featuring a tour, music, and plenty of laughs, making it a great trip for students and corporate groups (children must be at least 40” to ride). Click here to see the ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise schedule.
The Village Voice voted New York Water Taxi’s stop-and-go tour best taxi ride, and reviewers from the International Press Association and TheTravelEditor.com liked their cruise by the Big Apple: > * Imagine a taxi ride free of drivers’ cell-phone conversations… a ride without the need to question the route or glance at the escalating numbers on the meter, a ride where you never had to contend with any traffic or decrepit shock absorbers or broken seat belts. And the salt spray—well, that’s simply a bonus. – The Village Voice > * Being native New Yorkers, we have visited many of these locations on land, but rarely get a chance to see them from the sea and on a beautiful day with the cool summer wind blowing in our hair it was truly a delight. We enjoyed the informative tour guide who made it all so much better. Even New Yorkers can learn a bit about history and some inside scoop about plans for future construction projects and little known facts. The filming of some of the exciting parts of “War of the Worlds” was filmed on the site of the Naval Yard. Did you know that the fourth fastest growing industry in New York was the motion picture industry? We didn’t either, until we took this cruise. – Andrew Rapoport and Sara Milkovich, International Press Association > * The ride alone is worth it. Bring a camera and sit up top to photograph the city’s icons including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. – Wendy Connett, TheTravelEditor.com
A History of Moistness
New York City, or The Wet Apple, has long-been renowned for its luscious waterways. Here is a brief timeline of the aquatic events that have shaped New York into the soggy American Venice that we know today:
- 1626: Dutch Colonialist Peter Minuit purchases Manhattan from native tribes in exchange for afternoon of totally rockin’ wakeboarding lessons.
- 1776: After devastating defeat at Battle of Fort Lee, General Washington narrowly escapes British capture by hiding in a narrow air pocket inside of a mother sea turtle.
- 1890: In a misguided attempt to import every animal mentioned in the works of Shakespeare, super-fan Eugene Scheffland releases a thousand rubber ducks into the East River, subsequently choking ports and preventing the shipment of a desperately needed influenza vaccine, triggering thousands of preventable deaths, and ironically paralleling Shakespeare’s original words: “Ne’er hath more horror crossed thine eyes than this, a plague o’ molded mallards, vulcanised.” (Two Gentlemen of Merchantry, Act III, Scene XIV)
- 2007: Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani fishes perfectly good hot dog from East River.
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