While your average taxi ride may be more stressful than scenic, the New York Water Taxi is just the opposite. Since 2002 the fleet of 12 yellow and black checkered vessels have been offering more than one way to see the city by water. The Water Taxi is one of the best ways to explore the city without the hassle of traffic or public transit. The most popular tours include the All-Day Access Pass, Statue of Liberty Express, Statue By Night, and the SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride. They also offer specialty cruises where you can see New York’s amazing skyline by boat and by air.
Whichever tour you choose, you’ll be on board with a knowledgeable guide and have plenty of photo opportunities as you cruise around the East and Hudson Rivers. Most cruises offer light concessions.
You can select your cruise, find schedules and purchase tickets at the New York Water Taxi box office at Pier 16, 89 South Street. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, so purchase prior to arrival to secure your spot.
Pro tip: Get in line early to grab a seat on the upper deck for the best views of the Manhattan skyline, buy a drink onboard and enjoy the ride.