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Governors Island Tours and Activities

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Just 800 yards (732 meters) from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island has long been an important historical landmark in New York Harbor. Home to two major military landmarks—Fort Jay and Castle Williams—it was used in defensive campaigns beginning in the 18th century. Today, it’s a popular summer retreat and easily accessible by ferry.

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Biking Tour of Governors Island

Biking Tour of Governors Island

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If you're looking for a day or half-day adventure that will take you off the beaten path of NYC, Governors Island is a great choice. Known mostly to locals, the island has only been open to the public since 2003, and not yet on the tourist radar. It contains two historic forts and a massive, new public park. It's rich with American and New York history, and has served as a military base since the year 1800. In the 21st century the island has been ingeniously reimagined as an innovative public space. It is home to many arts, education, cultural and environmental non-profits who are finding new and exciting ways to use the space. The island is just 172 acres total, with a 2-mile (3.2 km) perimeter, so it's bite-sized. It's many lawns and shade trees beckon you to enjoy a picnic lunch, and the kids will love it. And, as there are no cars allowed, it's the perfect place to enjoy a bike ride. Rental is for the entire day, so you can stay and enjoy the Adirondack chairs and hammocks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

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See New York City from the water with a sightseeing cruise from a bustling East River Pier. Navigate the New York Harbor for stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, watch for the iconic shape of the World Financial Center, and capture unforgettable images of the city skyline. See Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, then watch the Big Apple’s shoreline unfurl as you take it in from the deck of a comfortable sightseeing vessel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.00
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$27.00
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New York City Sunset Sail aboard Clipper City
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New York City Sunset Sail aboard Clipper City

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Enjoy a New York City evening on the water during this 2-hour twilight cruise. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline while the sun sets, and order drinks from the on-board bar (own expense). This is a great way to start a night out in the Big Apple.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride in Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight of one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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$215.00
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New York Premier Dinner Cruise

New York Premier Dinner Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.68
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.00
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$363.00
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$363.00
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New York Lunch Cruise
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New York Lunch Cruise

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Relax on a comfortable boat as it cruises around New York Harbor and Manhattan on this relaxing 2-hour afternoon cruise that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ'ed music. Get great views and a different perspective on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. And indulge in the delicious buffet lunch wile doing it. Upgrade the afternoon to receive a welcome glass of champagne in a souvenir glass, a table for your party size, and access to a platinum open bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.63
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Manhattan Evening Jazz Cruise
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Manhattan Evening Jazz Cruise

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Spend a New York City evening on the water during this relaxing jazz cruise. Perfect for a romantic evening out, the cruise takes you out of the hectic city and lets you enjoy live music and drinks away from the crowds and traffic. Plus, admire views of Lower Manhattan landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Financial District.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$104.00
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New York Premier Lunch Cruise

New York Premier Lunch Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a reservation at New York's hot restaurant du jour. Don't wait in line at a popular eatery, either. Instead, indulge in a delicious lunch during this 2-hour cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set lunch by the on-board executive chef.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.63
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Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

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Savor the traditional New York City brunch with a serious twist on this Big Apple champagne sailing cruise. Tuck into a full buffet, complete with coffee, tea and Prosecco. Enjoy homemade muffins, breads and bagels, plus meats, cheese and more. Relax on board as you make your way through the placid waters surrounding the city and take in epic skylines as you enjoy brunch. This cruise is capped at 40 people, which ensures there's plenty of room on deck. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail
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New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

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See some of New York’s top attractions away from the mobs of people on land during this daytime Statue of Liberty sail aboard a historical sailing ship. Cruise around New York Harbor, and enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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New York City Lights and Skyline Cruise on Yacht
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New York City Lights and Skyline Cruise on Yacht

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For an unobstructed view of New York City's glittering skyline, set sail on this evening cruise around New York Harbor. Travel on-board a 1920s-style yacht with both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and sip a beverage of your choice (additional drinks own expense) as you admire views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$78.00
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New York Harbor Live Jazz Sail aboard Clipper City

New York Harbor Live Jazz Sail aboard Clipper City

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Get a glimpse of New York City from a different perspective: from a boat sailing around New York Harbor. This tour of the waters around New York features incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and live music from a jazz quintet. Bring some food to eat while sailing around and sip cocktails from the cash bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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New York City Sightseeing Cruise from North Cove

New York City Sightseeing Cruise from North Cove

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Set sail around Manhattan in a bespoke, 1920s inspired yacht during this boutique boat cruise that. Take your spot on the inviting, wood interior and float past the iconic sights of Lower Manhattan before sailing on to the Statue of Liberty. Compare the skylines of Brooklyn and Queens while sipping a drink from the onboard luxury bar.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$60.00
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

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Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese. Cruise alongside the State of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city's top attractions while sipping wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.08
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Private Statue of Liberty Sailing Tour

Private Statue of Liberty Sailing Tour

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If you're looking for a touch of luxury while sightseeing in the Big Apple, don't miss this private sailing excursion complete with panoramic views of the NYC skyline. As you set sail from Chelsea Piers, you can sit back as the Hudson River breezes guide your ship along Manhattan's West Side. While you cruise, you can enjoy views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Lower Manhattan landmarks including One World Trade.
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  • 2 hours
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$745.00
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New York Harbor Jet Ski Tour
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New York Harbor Jet Ski Tour

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New York City’s streets can be overrun with city dwellers and travelers alike, making it hard to catch views of top attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. This New York Harbor Jet Ski tour makes seeing these sights (and others) easier than ever by taking you on the water from Rockaway Beach to Manhattan. Plus, your guide knows the massive harbor well, so you won’t get lost.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$415.00
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Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise
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Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise

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Embark on a cruise around Manhattan on a comfortable yacht, where you'll enjoy a class on wine and cheese pairings. Each cruise throughout the summer has a different geographical theme, such as wines of Portugal, Spain, Eastern Europe, or Cote du Rhone. You'll be provided five wine and cheese pairings and will leave the cruise with a better grasp on successfully pairing wines.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$120.78
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New York City Lights Cruise aboard Clipper City
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New York City Lights Cruise aboard Clipper City

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Get a sparkling new perspective on the famous Manhattan skyline during a 1.5-hour cruise through the New York City Harbor. Recall historic voyages of the past as you sail aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship, one of the largest vessels to cruise the harbor. Take in famous sites like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Empire State Building, illuminated against the night sky, and enjoy onboard amenities including a full bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Governors Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Governors Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 20 Governors Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Governors Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Governors Island costs USD 27.00. Guided Governors Island tours start around USD 27.00 per person. See all 20 Governors Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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