New York City

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

New York, United States
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From $112.00

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as soda.
  • Go on a Manhattan architecture tour aboard a 1920s-style yacht
  • Travel by boat to see New York City sights from the water
  • Guide is from the NYC chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Enjoy one drink

What's Included

  • Narration by a member of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
  • Each reservation will be assigned a private table. A 2 ticket purchase minimum is required
  • One complimentary beverage included
  • Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise, but recommended.
  • Food selections available for purchase. If bringing food please keep to a light snack

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bluestone Lane Chelsea Piers Café
    62 Chelsea Piers Pier 62, New York, NY 10011, USA

    The boat departs from Chelsea Piers, at Pier 62, which is located at the northern end of the Chelsea Piers Complex. Our ticket booth is located on the water just steps from our dock. Please check in at the Classic Harbor Line ticket booth upon arrival.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

One World Observatory (Pass By)

Woolworth Building (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Lower East Side (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Upper West Side (Pass By)

George Washington Bridge (Pass By)

Roosevelt Island (Pass By)

Four Freedoms Park (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Guarantee of a full circumnavigation of Manhattan is not included. On rare occasions, the Spuyten Duyvil train bridge is inoperable and cannot open for us to pass through. This is often times not known until our tour is underway. River closures may also occur for a number of reasons. There are no refunds for tours that cannot fully circumnavigate. We will accommodate such cases with a tour that features a double backing of the route and further detail of the waterfront sites.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Service animals are permitted; Emotional Support animals and pets are not permitted
  • Please let us know in advance if assistance is required for boarding
  • Not for children under 12 years due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event
  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all
  • Groups of 10 or more will be contacted by the operator in advance for an additional 10% group gratuity
  • Important note: From time to time, the theme of this tour, route and narration may change. Variations of this tour include, AIANY Bridge & Infrastructure Tour, AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Freshkills Park, and the AIANY Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable Architecture and the Future of NYC. Please reach out to the operator for questions on specific tour theme details
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Nice boat, great crew and strikingly informed tour guide. One of the best tours I can remember. Super educational.


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Outstanding trip - highly recommended
Thomas_C, May 2023
Circumnavigating the entire island was absolutely incredible! The guide definitely knew his architecture and NYC history. I learned so much about this city that I’ve been working in for so many years. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it.
Great experience. The...
Patricia_C, May 2023
Great experience. The staff was fun and very friendly. The tour was excellent. Thank you very much for a great day!
Best Way to See NYC
Christina_R, May 2023
Really great tour. We saw so much from the water and learned about the architectural points and history. Highly recommended!
A wonderful day away from...
Tim_B, May 2023
A wonderful day away from the NY buildings. Weather good. Ship was fun. Cheese trey was good. Very informative.
Outstanding boat, staff and tour guide!!
Pat_C, May 2023
Spectacular boat, staff and tour guide!! A spectacular day. I grew up in NYC and learned all kinds of things I never knew before. Definitely taking this trip a second time before the summer is over….
Good value and experience
Tracey_L, May 2023
Loved the tour guild’s narration and the small boat. After seeing the big tour ships at port this one was just right. Will recommend to my Architect friends so they can get CE credit. Even the teenager enjoyed it.
The narrator is...
Kevin_K, May 2023
The narrator is incredibly knowledgeable- he provides nonstop descriptions of the myriad buildings and structures and waterways of New York. The boat is very comfortable to sit and it's fun to stand at the stern. Highly recommended even if you're from here.
Great Manhattan cruise
Don_Y, May 2023
Leisurely cruise with great service and narration. Included free drink was a nice extra. Pricey, but worth it. Includes a close look at Statue of Liberty as well.
Great trip. Highly recommend.
John_S, May 2023
We really loved everything about this trip. Beautiful boat, fantastic staff and service and a perspective on Manhattan very different from your typical walk downtown. Highly recommend.
Fun way to see Manhattan
Melissa_H, May 2023
Wonderful and informative tour! We learned so much about not only the architecture, but all the amazing engineering it took to develop Manhattan. Our guide was fabulous and the boat staff was great too.
AIA boat tour
Wendy_c, May 2023
Our guide was so knowledgeable and very entertaining - he fielded a lot of questions. Very engaging.
Patrick_C, May 2023
Wonderful tour narrated by a terrific tour guide! Loved it! And the shrimp cocktail was delicious! Highly recommended!
Bryttany_K, May 2023
Best way to tour the city! A little cold so bring a jacket! Great friendly staff, will definitely return
Very knowledgeable guide....
Susanne_S, May 2023
Very knowledgeable guide. Seeing the whole „island“ with all its architecture. Very good value for money.
Great Experience
Madison_T, May 2023
The whole experience was so enjoyable. We loved the boat, the commentary from our knowledgeable host, and hospitable boat staff. We would recommend 100%.
Tour with professionals
Richard_M, May 2023
Boat and crew were immaculate and professional. The guide, John, was enthusiastic and exceeded all expectations on our journey. The wine and beer were just right for a nice matinee cruise.
The architectural guide...
Jan_R, May 2023
The architectural guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The boat was clean and the service impeccable. Recommend this tour for anyone interested in the history and architecture of Manhattan
Judy_G, May 2023
The excellent information provided was so valuable. There were very cordial, attentive staff on board.
NEYLA_E, May 2023
Everything was great ! The tour man is just amazing with all his knowledge of New York . We learned a lot from him . Will definitely recommend this boat .
Worth the time and money!
MelissaB, May 2023
Worth every cent! We saw and learned so much. There was a certain elegance to it and loved that we weren't packed in like sardines! Andrew was truly informative and the staff (Sean was our main server) was professional and very nice. The cruise was longer than we thought it would be (in all the right ways) and we saw everything from the water point-of-view. I will recommend this to anyone I know who is traveling to NYC!

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