Day cruises of the Hudson River offer spectacular views of New York, including downtown Manhattan.
Four Day-Cruise Options
The Hudson River is a 315-mile long waterway, which flows north to south from Lake Tear of the Clouds, past Albany and forms the border between New Jersey and New York City. The river empties out into the Upper New York Bay. Cruises take place at various points along the river, but the most popular voyages tour the lower portion of the river near landmark-rich Manhattan.
1. Hudson River Cruises
Hudson River Cruises is one of many companies operating in New York City. Sailings depart from Kingston, New York, and cruise by dozens of natural beauty and historic sites along the Hudson River. Day cruises offer leisurely trips on the waterfront past popular Hudson River lighthouses, including the Rondout and Esopus Meadows Lighthouses. Day cruises of the Hudson River also glide by various waterfront mansions, including Vanderbilt Mansion, Dinsmore Mansion, and the Wilderstein Mansion.
To book a day trip with this company visit Hudson River Cruises online. You can book corporate outings or family events with this company as well.
2. Hudson River Adventures
Another cruise line option is Hudson River Adventures. This company's day cruises focus specifically on the history and natural beauty of the Hudson River. Tour guides travel on board to help educate passengers about various landmarks along the river. The guided tour lasts two hours and includes views of:
- Cold Spring
- West Point
- Breakneck Mountain
- Pollepel Island
- Storm King Mountain
This company also specializes in weddings and private charters for shools, camps and other organizations. Cruises run from May through October. To book a trip or to get more information visit Hudson River Adventures Cruises' website.
3. Classic Harbor Line
Classic Harbor Line offers luxury yacht and schooner day tours on the Hudson River and into the New York Harbor. The line offers sightseeing cruises from May through October. The company also features a Fall Foliage Cruise that takes guests further along the Hudson River. The seasonal voyage takes passengers on the Hudson River to the Palisades, a dramatic geologic feature that rises above the historic waterway. These trips take place on the company's Schooner Adirondack and Adirondack II vessels.
To learn more about the available river cruises, visit Classic Harbor Line's website.
4. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
For an educational cruise, consider booking a trip with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. The company offers educational group sails on the Hudson River, which are appropriate for adults and children. This floating classroom helps to inspire students to become environmental leaders by focusing on biology, history and environmental science along the river. The five-hour program is available from April through mid-November. Extended day programs are also available.
The company also offers a three-hour cruise aboard a historic tall ship. This trip is described as "an ecological adventure" and focuses on the natural wonders that dot the Hudson River. Private and corporate charters are also available.
To find more about these cruises or to book a trip, visit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's website.
Planning Your Sightseeing Cruise
Those taking day cruises of the Hudson River will find numerous types of excursions to enjoy. Lunch and dinner cruises are options for couples or for business meetings. You can also book a day cruise for corporate events, though most itineraries fill up quickly. It's a good idea to book your trip in advance of your visit to the region, especially if you have a larger group.