Last month, my family and I vacationed for a week in New York City. As you might expect, we packed a ridiculous amount of activities into six full days in the Big Apple. The highlights included Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, trips to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, The High Line, and Central Park. One thing we also did for the first time was take a cruise around Manhattan Island.

Most people would think that a boat ride around the entire island of Manhattan is the most touristy thing that anyone would do while in NYC. The answer is yes, you are correct. However, it was hard to resist the famous Circle Line Best of New York City cruise, especially since it is something I have never done over the years. The two and half hour cruise left out of Pier 83, which is at 42nd street and the Hudson River. The ship itself can hold up to 600 people, with indoor and outdoor viewing areas.

Steve Kaplowitz.
Steve Kaplowitz.
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Our cruise guide, David, spent much of the 150-minute tour describing every landmark in the area. It is amazing how much information they have at their disposal while the ship sails around Manhattan. As someone who has made a living talking for three hours a day, I can appreciate what it's like having to fill so much time. We also crossed underneath a dozen or so bridges and had terrific views of the Statue of Liberty, the New York City skyline, as well as parts of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and New Jersey. The ship also had a concession stand open, since most people would get hungry or thirsty during the cruise.

As a native New Yorker, I am happy that we can cross the Circle Line cruise off the list of things we always wanted do while visiting NYC. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to get the full tour of the five boroughs.

NYC Visitors Can Enjoy a Boat Ride Around Manhattan Island

The ultimate tour of New York City and the five boroughs is through a Circle Line boat ride around Manhattan Island.