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Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston

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Kingston, United States
Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Delight in views of the scenic Hudson River shoreline during this 2-hour cruise from Kingston, NY. Step aboard the Rip Van Winkle, find a comfortable seat and watch the picturesque natural scenery glide by as you listen to engaging narration from your guide. Travel south to Hyde Park, getting views of the Catskill Mountains, sumptuous estates, sleepy villages and historic lighthouses.
  • Explore the historic shoreline of the Hudson River on a 2-hour cruise
  • Learn about the region's history and culture through your guide's narration
  • Snacks, light meals and a and fully stocked bar available for purchase on board
  • Pass luxe estates, historic lighthouses, sleepy villages and vineyards
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Food and drinks, full bar service, available for purchase

Departure Point

Kingston, NY 12401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Find your way to the dock in Kingston, the departure point for your 2-hour river cruise.

Step aboard the historic Rip Van Winkle and find a seat on one of the decks: choose between chairs in the lower, enclosed deck or bench seating in the upper, partially covered deck. Settle in for a cruise down the Hudson to Hyde Park, doubling back to return to Kingston.

Listen to your guide's engaging narration regarding the sights and landmarks on shore. Pass millionaires' sumptuous estates, sleepy riverside hamlets and quaint historic lighthouses. Relax and enjoy the refreshing river breeze. Be sure to bring your camera for great photo ops of the picturesque natural scenery along the river, including vineyards, orchards and views of the looming Catskill Mountains. 

If you get hungry, head down to the lower deck's snack bar for a burger, hot dog or wrap. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase from the fully stocked bar. Restrooms are located on board for your convenience.

After 2 hours of enjoying the scenery and ambiance on the river cruise, return the dock. Please note this cruise departs out of Kingston, NY.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The boat has a lower enclosed deck, a middle deck which is a shaded but otherwise open are, and an open air upper deck with bench seating.
  • A fully stocked bar with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a snack bar with light fare such as hot dogs & fresh popped popcorn is available on the lower main deck at your own expense.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed on board the boat
  • There is plenty of seating on the boat, both inside and on the upper deck, which consists mainly of bench-style seating; the main lower deck has chairs; seating is on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sit in a particular area of the boat
  • If you or someone in your group is in a wheelchair or has limited mobility, contact the tour operator to discuss accessibility
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hudson River Cruises

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston.
What is the maximum group size during Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Highly recommended, more volume, strong punch
, Aug 2021
I recommend increasing the volume on some of your speakers. Also, be careful on how much rum you include in the punch, my wife got plastered on just two of them. Your crew was very kind while helping me get her into the car. They were extremely professional and were ready and willing to provide additional assistance (she's fine). We can't be sure that alcohol was the only factor, but after 36 years of marriage and a couple of years dating in college, it appears that she had two very strong drinks.
Terrible waste of time
, Aug 2021
After driving for three hours sat on boat for few minutes ( First announcement came over loud “ speaker about minor technical difficulties”) after 40 minutes the second announcement came- boat cruise was cancelled!!
Quite worth it
, Jul 2021
What I liked was feeling so free and relaxed while it moved effortlessly. What I didn't like was that the engine noise was loud and I couldn't here the historic information the captain was saying at each point. I was in the front of the boat on top/outside to get the best view but I think if you want to hear the historic information, you have to seat indoors.
OK as a boat ride, the rest just average as an experience
, Jul 2021
1. Speaker system was ok if you were right next to it otherwise it came out garbled. 2. The sites were kind of interesting but the experience would have been enhanced if we could hear better 3. Not something I would want to repeat 4. Ok as a boat ride.
, Jul 2021
We enjoyed the boat ride but we’re a little disappointed that you couldn’t see much. They were good at pointing out landmarks but they were hard to see.
Great experience
, Jul 2021
The crew members were very nice and helpful . Would go again on this 2 hr cruise ride. It was a great day 6/30/21.
Memorable Saturday June 19,2021 for my dad Grimaldo- age 96 years old
, Jun 2021
The narrator was ver explicit and very knowledgeable of the history . Impress what we have in the Hudson River long side - The Meadows is a very impressive region and loved it very much .
Good but wished we could learn more
, Jun 2021
It was a beautiful day out on the water but we wished we could have heard a little history. We didn’t hear anything on the main floor. The map only proved somewhat helpful. What would be even better is a pic which a paragraph about it so we can do our own tour if we can’t hear the reg one.
Grampa & Mimi loved it! Kids were super bored
, Jun 2021
Seeing the Bald Eagle was super special! The embarkation& disembarkation were quick & efficient. The ride is very smooth. Would like to have had better snack options and possibly coffee available (even if just hot water and instant plus tea bags!)
It’s was okay. Staff supportive. Would...
Eleanor K
, Oct 2017
It’s was okay. Staff supportive. Would not recommend.

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