On our first full day in New York, we headed over to the Pier 83 on the west side of Manhattan Island, to take a Circle Line Ferry tour. We took the Best of NYC tour, which takes in so many of the sights you associate with New York. As there were bridge works we couldn’t complete the whole circle of the island, but the horseshoe route we did take offered amazing sights of Manhattan, as well as Hoboken, Jersey City, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island, and more.
We caught a glimpse of the USS Intrepid and the tail of Concorde at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as we headed off on our tour.
It was such fun to spot the other traffic on the Hudson River and the East River as we sailed by. These bodies of water were huge and very busy with work boats, ferries, pleasure craft and other sailors.
As we sailed down the river the sheer scale and height of the towers of Manhattan was eye catching, to say the least!
Two of the funnest boats we spotted? The Beast, a speedboat that offered a quicker (and much bumpier!) tour of the city by boat. We also sailed by the cruise ship Arcadia, which was incredibly big – even with the backdrop of the city to contend with, this was a beast of a ship.
Loved spotting the little boats out for a weekend sail. You would have to be such a skilled sailor to set out in such busy waters!
The tour takes you very close to Liberty Island and I enjoyed getting these shots of Lady Liberty herself. On a whim we had upgraded our standard tour tickets to VIP ones, and our seats at the back of the boat offered a great vantage point from which to take photos.
We spotted a retired navy boat out for a Sunday pootle as well!
And spotting the bright orange Staten Island Ferry of course gave me this earworm.
The scale and span of the bridges was so impressive!
The UN building was very busy as they were in session – made for a very busy town while we visited. The Obamas were actually in a hotel a few blocks down Madison Avenue from our base!
Being more used to the Thames, where adverts are not permitted, the commercial efforts along the banks of the rivers were particularly striking.
If you’re heading to New York, I’d really recommend a boat tour – it was such a great way to explore the areas and to really getting our bearings. At various points in our visit we got a birds-eye view of the city, but travelling around it by boat was a great way to take in all the sights and to understamd how the city worked as a whole.