Ellis Island
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New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

1. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

2. 2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

Experience New York in a whole new way on this 2-hour sailing trip aboard the Adirondack, an 80-foot, wooden pilot schooner. The noise and chaos of Manhattan will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto New York Harbor with the breeze in your hair. Sailing New York Harbor allows you to take in the famous Manhattan skyline as it was meant to be seen, from the water - plus you'll enjoy spectacular views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour heads south from Chelsea Piers and down the Hudson River to Battery Park, passing by Ellis Island and sailing out to the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy a complimentary drink, as well as additional drinks being available for purchase. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful, and safe experience for all guests. The engines will be shut down for as long as possible to ensure a true sailing experience.

Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

3. Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

Celebrate the holiday season in style this Christmas on board a luxury 90-minute yacht cruise of Manhattan Harbor. Step inside the yacht’s toasty solarium, decked out in full holiday décor, and enjoy a warm and cozy tour with your friends, family, and loved ones. Delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats will be served as you sail past Battery Park, South Street Seaport, the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Relax in the heated main observation cabin, join in the caroling, or enjoy the beats of a live jazz trio. Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne, wine or beer, and purchase mixed drinks from the on board bar. Then, watch as the gorgeous views of Manhattan Island sail by, all from the comfort of a heated back-deck salon and glassed-in observatory of the 1920s style yacht.

From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

4. From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

Choose a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight and lift off from Westchester Airport, reaching New York City airspace in just a few minutes. The skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. Select the 30-minute tour option, and let skilled pilots will dazzle you with amazing aerial views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Hudson River, Yankee Stadium, outside of game times, and more. Choose the 45-minute tour option for views of the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area, including the Freedom Tower, Financial District, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge. This is in addition to all sights seen on the 30-minute tour.

New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

5. New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

Join this special holiday cruise and step inside a toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a 90-minute cruise to see the lights of New York City. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline Champagne, hot cocoa, and other beverages are available. Cookies and treats for all guests will be included. Enjoy your evening with friends or a loved one and enjoy this live holiday jazz trio. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the island from the heated back deck salon of this 1920s style yacht. On this 90 minute cruise, take in picturesque views from your glassed-in observatory. Sights along the way include: - The Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II in full holiday decor - Cocoa, cookies and live holiday jazz - Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District - Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or Champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase.

New York City: Scenic Helicopter Tour and Airport Transfer

6. New York City: Scenic Helicopter Tour and Airport Transfer

Enjoy a luxury airport transfer and sightseeing tour of New York City with this private helicopter ride. Helicopter tours are available between all major New York airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark) and Manhattan heliports in either direction. Take a scenic tour that covers Midtown and Lower Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Freedom Tower, the Financial District, and the Statue of Liberty. For arrival transfers, once you have cleared customs and collected your baggage, get taken by private car from the arrivals terminal to the helicopter terminal located at the airport. Meet your friendly and experienced pilot at the heliport, and depart for Manhattan. Enjoy an approximately 15-minute scenic tour over New York City, before being dropped off at your preferred Manhattan heliport.  For departure transfers, board the helicopter at your preferred Manhattan heliport, and depart for the airport. During the transfer, your scenic New York City tour will be provided. Upon landing at the helicopter terminal, you will be taken by private car to your airline terminal and begin the check-in process as normal.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 571 reviews

Absolutely fabulous way to see some of the sights. You don’t get a commentary as the crew are somewhat busy sailing the boat and looking after the guests (all of which they did superbly) but thats what guide books and Google are for. Absolutely delightful experience that took you away from the usual mass tourist boat trip. Would highly recommend on a sunny, dry day.

Wonderful experience! ✨✨✨✨✨ We just loved it. The crew takes great care, the boat is sublime. This ride on the Hudson is a highlight of our stay in New York. Our 21 month old daughter also enjoyed it. The walk is suitable.

This was totally worth it! Even on a light rainy, cold night we completely enjoyed the sights and sounds. Thank you!!

It was great experience! Must-do list in New York! Service was very nice too. We will do it again.

Such a friendly and knowledgeable crew. Just a wonderfully relaxing day on the water!!!