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Hudson River Tours

An inspiration for artists, a scenic escape for New York City dwellers, a vital artery for commerce, and a designated American Heritage River, the Hudson River plays a crucial role in many facets of New York State life. The river is a magnet for locals and visitors, attracting pleasure cruisers, campers, history buffs, and hikers alike. 

The Basics
The Hudson River runs for 315 miles (507 kilometers) from its source in the Adirondack Mountains all the way to New York City before finally emptying into the Atlantic. Though easily accessible from other cities such as Albany and Kingston, most visitors encounter the Hudson during trips to New York City. You can see the river from many of west Manhattan’s top attractions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; and the High Line, an elevated park set along a disused railway track. 

Cruises on the Hudson depart from piers on Manhattan’s west side. Choose between dinner, sightseeing, or sunset city cruises, or opt for longer cruises that travel beyond the boundaries of the Big Apple to destinations in the Hudson Highlands, such as Bear Mountain. Most Hudson River cruises feature on-board commentary about the area’s history and architecture. 

For a unique perspective on the winding waterway, take a helicopter ride, enjoying bird’s-eye views of the river, the Manhattan skyline, and the George Washington Bridge. Seasonal fall foliage helicopter tours showcase the rust-red and golden leaves of the Hudson Valley’s woodlands. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Hudson River is a magnet for sightseers who want to soak up views of both NYC and the peaceful Hudson Valley countryside. 
  • Bring an extra layer, as it can feel colder out on the river than on dry land. 
  • Some Hudson River cruises can accomodate wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Within New York City, you can experience the Hudson River all along the 11-mile (18-kilometer) Hudson River Greenway, a traffic-free walking and cycling path beginning at Battery Park (ride the 4 or 5 subway to Bowling Green station) in Lower Manhattan. The route runs through Hudson River Park, Riverside Park, and Fort Washington Park. 

Departing from Grand Central Station, the Metro-North Hudson Line train brings passengers into the Hudson River Valley, running along the east bank of the river as far as Poughkeepsie. 

When to Get There
Hudson River sightseeing tours run year-round, with open-air sightseeing decks in summer and enclosed, heated interior decks in winter. The Hudson Greenway is best enjoyed in spring, summer, or fall. Go early in the day for the quietest experience. The Hudson Valley is at its prettiest during the fall apple-picking season. 

The Famous Hudson Valley Fables
It was acclaimed writer Washington Irving who helped put the Hudson River Valley on the map, with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, which was published serially throughout 1819 and 1820. The most well-known stories in the series were “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Fans of Irving’s work can visit the author’s old home, Sunnyside, near Tarrytown.

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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing, New York City, null
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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Seated in comfort, experience all the sights of Manhattan from the air on a 17-20 minute helicopter flight. Enjoy bird's-eye views of top Manhattan attractions ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $299.00
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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All aboard for a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan on a helicopter tour of top New York City sights. See Central Park, the Hudson River, Rockefeller Center, and the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City like never before on this 28-30 minute helicopter tour. Capture views of iconic Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
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New York Contrasts Tour: Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx in Spanish, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York Contrasts Tour: Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx in Spanish

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New York is a city of contrasts and is called the “melting pot” of America. Experience the diversity on a tri-borough tour of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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New York City 4th of July Fireworks Luxury Boat Tour, New York City, City Tours
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New York City 4th of July Fireworks Luxury Boat Tour

Enjoy a spectacular view of Macy's Fireworks show aboard your own private charter of a luxurious 29' foot powerboat! The tour is limited to only six ...  Read more

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Explore más allá de la Gran Manzana en una excursión a Washington en español de un día completo.  La capital de Estados ...  Read more

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Private New York City Night Tour with Driver-Guide, New York City, Day Trips
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Private New York City Night Tour with Driver-Guide

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Enjoy a private New York night tour, seeing and photographing beautifully lit sights around the city and taking in one of the world's most famous skyline from ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
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