Why to Visit New York Harbor on an Evening NYC Boat Tour
What better way to enjoy a relaxing evening than aboard a NYC boat tour? You will be inspired by the majesty of the setting sun and be dazzled by the New York City skyline. Your tour guide will entertain you with information on the sights you are seeing and will point out places of both historical and current interest as the boat drifts past.
There is nothing better than the soft breeze when you are on a boat in the New York Harbor. A one or one-and-a-half hour cruise will be the crowning finish to a spectacular day of sightseeing in one of the world’s greatest cities.
Where Can You Go?
Your NYC boat tour will take you down the Hudson River. You will pass the iconic skyscrapers of Manhattan, the new One World Trade Center with its significant height of 1,776 feet, and Battery Park. Battery Park was once a front-line defense for the fledging settlement behind it. The fort was built to protect New York City during the War of 1812. The One World Trade Center was built after the destruction of the Twin Towers in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the U.S.
You will sail toward the Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island, where perhaps some of your ancestors first entered the United States. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States and was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, it is a symbol of freedom known around the world.
Check Out the East Side
Your NYC boat tour will take you on the East River. You will pass underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension/hybrid cable-stayed bridges in the country. Connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, the bridge was finished in 1883. This takes you up Manhattan’s East Side.
You will pass the Wall Street district of global financial markets, including the world’s largest stock exchange, the New York Stock Exchange. Then, you will glide beneath the Manhattan Bridge, heavily traveled by cars, bicycles, and buses. All the while, you’re distanced from the melee of traffic above you.
The Bridge at Dusk Is Breathtaking
The Manhattan Bridge is one of four bridges that span the East River, and it is a suspension bridge. The suspension cables are 3,224 feet long, and the main span is 1,470 feet long. Watch for the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building before your NYC boat tour turns and heads back to the beginning.
The Empire State Building, at 1,454 feet high, was the tallest building in the world until the North Tower of the original World Trade Center topped it nearly 40 years later. The Chrysler Building, at 1,046 feet high, is the tallest brick building in the world. These skyscrapers are even more breathtaking at dusk, all the more reason to take an evening boat tour.