Gray Line Double Decker Bus Tours
Take a three-hour tour of the downtown loop, with stops in Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, the East Village, and more.
777 Eighth Avenue (Between 47th and 48th Streets)
Phone: (800) 669-0051
Hours: Frequent departures from Times Square, at Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets, beginning at 8 a.m.
Cost: Adults $44, children ages five to 11, $34
Circle Line Tours
One of the best ways to cover 35 miles of sightseeing and enjoy breathtaking views without becoming footsore, Circle Line Tours will take you on a three-hour tour around Manhattan, or on a shorter trip just around the lower tip of the island. Entertaining and informative narration is also provided.
Cruises depart from the pier at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue.
Phone: (212) 563-3200
Manhattan Sailing Club
Founded by Michael Fortenbaugh in 1987, the Manhattan Sailing Club was created as a means of re-establishing recreational sailing in New York Harbor. Through the creation of new programs the popularity of the club has increased dramatically.
North Cove Marina in front of the World Financial Center
Hours and pricing vary, check website for details.
New York Waterways
New York Waterways offers 90-minute harbor cruises by day or night, 50-minute lower harbor cruises, and two-hour cruises all the way around Manhattan. Whichever one you choose will afford breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan's world-famous sights.
Tours depart from South Street Seaport or Pier 78 at West 38th Street and 12th Avenue.
Phone: (800) 53-FERRY
Hours: Various departure times, check website for details.
Cost: Depending on the tour you select, costs range from $24 to $26 for adults, $10 to $12 for children, and $18 to $20 for seniors.
Helicopter Flight Services, Inc.
For those hoping to see the city with new eyes, Helicopter Flight Services has just the ticket. Their 12- to 21-minute tours give a breathtaking view from the sky of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the Financial District.
Flights depart from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on weekdays, and from the West 30th Street Heliport on weekends.
(888) WE-FLY-NY or (212) 355-0801
Hours: Tours are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $129 per person for 13- to 15-minute tours, $179 per person for 19- to 21-minute tours
Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse
The Downtown Boathouse offers New Yorkers a chance to get out on the Hudson River in kayaks. Lessons, three-hour guided tours, or independent kayaking in a protected area are the most frequently attended programs. However, other programs, including a number of youth sailing programs, a kayak polo program, and a kayak rolling program, are also.
Pier 26 between Canal and Chambers Streets on the river side of the West Side Highway
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends and holidays
Liberty Helicopter Tours
Several tours, lasting from two to 17 minutes, depart from Liberty's VIP heliport each day. Take your pick, and climb aboard for a bird's eye view of Lower Manhattan.
VIP Heliport, West 30th Street and 12th Avenue
Phone:(212) 967-2099, ext. 230
Hours: Tours are available seven days a week, January through February from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and March through December from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $30 to $186 per person.
Staten Island Ferry
Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to enjoy cool breezes and humbling views of downtown Manhattan. The 25-minute ferry ride traveling between Whitehall Street in Manhattan and St. George Terminal in Staten Island is free for pedestrians and just $3.50 for cars. It leaves frequently (about every half hour) throughout the day from the Manhattan and Staten Island terminals.
Whitehall Terminal, 1 Whitehall Street
Phone: (718) 815-BOAT