While I was at BlogHer’12, I was thrilled to enjoy a Midtown Cruise with City Sightseeing New York. It was a wonderful way to round-off a weekend full of meetings and general busyness!
Leaving behind the traffic jams and summer humidity, the 90-minute Midtown Cruise leaves from Pier 78 and sails up and down the Hudson River, taking in many of New York City’s historical sights, among them:
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
South Street Seaport
My favorite part of the cruise was our tour guide, Michael! He pointed out interesting historical facts about each building and even used his occasional break to walk throughout the boat answering questions. Whether it was reminding passengers for the five millionth time to be courteous to one another or explaining the color of the Statue of Liberty, he made the trip entertaining and memorable! And, he even made sure that passengers on both sides of the boat had a chance to capture their Statue of Liberty Kodak Moment. 🙂
:: The price tag is quite reasonable, especially for the expensive New York City area! Adults are $28/person and children are $17/each. You can purchase your tickets online or at the pier. One of the benefits to buying your tickets online is that you’ll skip the long lines!
:: If you would like a seat on the upper deck, be sure to get there at least 45 minutes early. Even though we arrived 30 minutes ahead of time, we got on the boat just as they were closing the upper deck! Thankfully, once the boat is in motion, they allow you to move to the very front of the boat, so we were still able to capture some wonderful pictures.
:: Have fun! It sounds so cliche, but most people were too busy jostling each other to snap the perfect picture, that they missed an enjoyable morning on the water. I enjoyed the cruise the most, when I sat down to listen to Michael’s New York City history lesson. And, see? I still got a great photo of the Statue of Liberty, right from my seat!