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New York Sightseeing Cruise
Discover the sights of the New York City skyline and beyond like never before aboard a Seastreak Sightseeing Cruise!
Have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime as you experience amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano Bridge, the lighthouses of Raritan Bay, the tip of Sandy Hook and all the sights in between! The price is just $26 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free!
When you take a Seastreak Sightseeing Cruise, you and your guests will enjoy the best kept secret in the area - luxury travel aboard the fastest and most comfortable ferries on the East Coast.
Each of our vessels is equipped with the luxuries of home, but with a much better view! You can enjoy the sights from our open top deck, or sit comfortably on one of the lower decks.
Onboard, you’ll find amenities like plush seating, satellite TV, a full cash bar, and lots of leg room. And, all of our boats are equipped with the technology to make for a smooth ride.
The cost of the Sightseeing Cruise is the current one way ticket price per person only if you stay on board the vessel**.
Tickets can be purchased in the Atlantic Highlands and Highlands ticket offices, or with cash only onboard the vessel from New York City.
**Disembarking from the Seastreak vessel will result in you having to purchase a second one way ticket upon returning to the vessel.
Sights you will see. (Not in order of Cruise)
On the tip of Manhattan is Battery Park. At its entrance to the park stands Castle Clinton, built in 1811. In 1823, it became Castle Garden, a theatre and public center. The park is named for the line of cannons once used to defend the city. The ferry from NY to the Statue of Liberty leaves from Battery Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge is definitely NY’s most famous. It is a suspension bridge that was built from 1867 to 1882. It is 6775 feet long and has a central span made of steel.
Brooklyn Navy Yard
The area with all the cranes used to be called the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Today it is the New York Naval Shipyard. The US Navy bought it in 1808
and its first ship was finished in 1820. Many famous ships were built there: the OHIO, the MAINE, the ARIZONA and the battleship MISSOURI. It was closed in 1966 and 3 years later was turned over to a semi-private corporation for industrial development. It is still a thriving center for marine maintenance and naval ship repair.
Native Indians sold the island to the Dutch for a string of beads and an axe.
Its most distinguished feature is its Manhattan side entrance way. John Carrere and Thomas Hasting, who also collaborated on the US Senate and House buildings as well as the NYC Public Library, designed it.
Naval Weapons Stations (NWS) Earle
Originally commissioned in 1943 as Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, when an Ammunition depot was desperately needed in the NY area during World War I. A waterfront location provided ships with a safe and operationally advantageous port to take on ammunition. In 1947, it was re-designated the Naval Weapons Stations (NWS) Earle, which remains its name today.
Romer Shoal Lighthouse
Since 1898, the Romer Shoal Lighthouse has stood off the shore of Staten Island, serving mariners who sail through the Swash Channel. Romer Shoal remained on the Lighthouse Doomsday list until it was recently reinstated as an active navigational aid.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Sandy Hook Lighthouse was designed and built in 1764 by Isaac Conro. The light was built to aid mariners entering the southern end of the NY Harbor Sandy Hook Light has endured the occupancy of British soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
South Street Seaport
The complex of shops, restaurants and boutiques built around the Fulton Street fish market is called SouthStreet Seaport. During the 19th century, South Street Seaport was the heart of the port of NY.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French and has become one of our most endearing national monuments. Frederick Auguste Bartholdi, designed the 151-foot statue – officially “Liberty Enlightening the World” - using his mother as model for the face. The statue became a National Monument in 1924.
Across the entrance to the New York Harbor stretched what used to be the world’s largest suspension bridge - the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. This bridge has a total length of 13,700 feet with a main span of 4,260 feet. The roadway is 228 feet above the water, high enough to allow even the largest ocean liner to pass beneath. It is suspended by four cables, which weigh nearly 10,000 tons each.
The roadway weighs 60,000 tons with traffic. Ahead on the left is Staten Island. It was sighted by Giovanni Da Verrazano in 1524, and named by Henry Hudson in 1609. When the British took the island from the Dutch in 1664, they argued over who should control it. The Duke of York wanted to make it part of NYC. The Lords Berkeley and Carteret thought that it should be part of NJ. The dispute was finally settled by a contest. Whoever could sail around the island within 24 hours could keep it. Captain Christopher Billipp won the race and island for NYC in 1687.
Wall Street is the financial capital of the world. After the American Revolution, the First Congress issued $80 million worth of stock to help defray the cost of war. Twenty-four brokers gathered on Wall Street and founded the NY Stock Exchange. Today, Wall Street is the symbol of capitalism, the corner stone of the republic.
Built in 1903, the Williamsburg is the city’s oldest steel bridge. It is one of New York’s 75 bridges that are home to America’s most endangered species, the Peregrine Falcon.
The Woolworth Building was built from 1910 to 1913. It is unusual among skyscrapers because it was paid for in cash. The height and cost escalated from 625 feet and $5 million to the final of 792 feet for $13.5 million