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New York Harbor Tours, New York City

New York City, New York, United States, North America: Sailing on the <i>Shearwater</i> on the East River

Circle Line Sightseeing

Pier 83
West 42nd Street at 12th Avenue
Midtown West
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 563 3200

Shearwater Sailing

North Cove Marina
Between Vesey and Liberty streets
Financial District
New York City
New York 10280
Tel: 212 619 0907's insider take:

Touristy? Sure. Kinda cheesy? Check. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a perspective that's vastly underrated—seeing New York City from the water. Circle Line Sightseeing tours depart from Pier 83 on West 42nd Street and follow various routes: A three-hour tour encompasses the entire island, while the two-hour Semi-Circle and Harbor Lights cruises take in lower Manhattan (and provide what's arguably the most impressive view you'll ever get of the Statue of Liberty). It's a great way to get a handle on the history and geography of the city. And there's a bar on board if you need to calm your nerves after jostling with other out-of-towners for skyline photos. However, be sure to eat before your trip: The onboard food tastes as if it's been under warming lamps since before Lady Liberty graced the harbor. Purchase tickets online to avoid long lines at the pier. For a more sophisticated, intimate (and slightly pricier) maritime experience, try Shearwater Sailing, which offers morning, afternoon, sunset, and evening tours aboard a magnificent 1920s 82-foot Georgia Pine schooner, as well as Sunday brunch and wine-tasting cruises. There's a lot to be said for the elemental experience of sailing out into the Hudson with the wind in your hair, particularly on a balmy summer's night. Cruises depart daily from the North Cove Marina in Battery Park and go out beyond the Statue of Liberty.

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