4 Fun New York Water Tours to Take
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4 Fun New York Water Tours to Take

It’s no secret that I love New York City. Since my Mum moved to New Jersey a few years ago I’ve been lucky to think of it as a second home. When I’m not in Mexico or traveling to new places, you can normally find me exploring Manhattan.

I get asked to do a lot of tours in New York, so I’m not easily impressed, I’ve seen and done it all. However, if you want to do something a little bit different in the city that never sleeps then I sugest heading out on the water.

In this post, I’m going to share with you my favorite adventures to have on the New York rivers.

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The New York Media Boat 

OMG, this tour was so much fun. Like seriously. I went with Poor in a Private Plane who is a native New Yorker and we LOVED it. The company started out taking the media out on the water to help them get press shots of the city. The founder is a professional photojournalist and knew all of the spots to get the money shots. This is where the company got its name. After a while, they kept getting asked to run tours for people who weren’t media. Now they do both and the tour is a great mix of photo opportunities, the information you would expect on a tour, and just a lot of fun on the river.

4 Fun New York Water Tours to Take

I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get great photos, to see New York from a different angle, and to have a more intermate tour experience (it’s a small boat). If you want great pictures I sugest going on the 6 pm tour, this way you get the best light. Plus by the time you get to the statue of liberty all of the people will be gone so you can get some photos without any other people in the shot! Going solo? No worries the guides will help you out taking pictures, he even brought a battery pack just in case your phone is running low on charge.

The price was very reasonable too. You can book direct with them here, or through Viatour here.

The Lobster Boat

Love lobster rolls? Then you NEED this North River Lobster Co tour in your life. I was invited by them to hang out with a load of other influencers for the day and try their new lobster rolls. I can tell you without a doubt they are as good as they look!

4 Fun New York Water Tours to Take

Now please don’t go on this thinking that you are going to get a nice tour of the Hudson River because you won’t. The price you pay to get on the boat is $10. Once you are on the ride lasts for 1 hour, then you will dock and people can get on and off. Once you are on, you can stay for as long as you want.

4 Fun New York Water Tours to Take

The $10 doesn’t include any food or drink. Anything you want you will need to pay for. It’s not something I would do solo, you are much better going with a small group so you can make the most of the raw bar and huge lobster roll. Solo it could get a bit pricy, and there isn’t much to see.

Viatour does a $50 deal where food and drink are included which could also be a good option. Go with friends and enjoy eating ALL the lobster you can manage is my advice.

Statin Island Ferry

On a budget and want to see the Statue of Liberty? No worries, get yourself on the Staten Island ferry. No ques, it’s free and you can get some pretty great images on a good day. If you have a telescopic lens even better!

Once you get to Staten Island you will need to hop off the ferry and then walk around to get back on to return to Manhattan, a bit annoying but it’s FREE so no complaints here.

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North River Ferry

Another favorite of mine is to skip the subway on a Saturday and instead get on the North River Ferry over to Brooklyn. It costs the same as the Subway and you can get some great shots of New York. What to do in Brooklyn? Brunch of course?! Brooklyn on a Saturday is all about brunch and bottomless mimosas.

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Final Thoughts

So that’s my hit list of fun things to do on the New York waterways. Want this on your phone? I also wrote all about it on the Vamonde app. Have fun in New York City!

Looking for somewhere to stay in New York? Here are a few places that I recommend:

Budget: Hotel 31 or Hotel Mimosa
Mid: citizenM New York Bowery, 414 Hotel or Times Square Central Park Hudson Yards
Luxury: The Bowery Hotel

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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