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5 New York City Cruises to Embark on this Fall

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|by Mark Robinson |

Set sail to glimpse spectacular fall foliage from the water

The waterways of New York City are as much a part of its wonder and excitement as the buildings and the people, offering thrilling ways to sight see and celebrate. October provides a particularly wonderful array of reasons to get on a boat and sail in and around the Big Apple. Here are some autumn cruises that depart Manhattan that are ignited by a special magic found only at this time year.

The foliage of fall will soon adorn Manhattan’s waterways (Photo: iStock)

The foliage of fall will soon adorn Manhattan’s waterways (Photo: iStock)

Oktoberfest Cruise – Fall-Fest Hard Cider & Beer Tasting with Bratwurst
Drink in the salty sea air while celebrating Oktobefest with Manhattan by Sail. Departing from New York City’s Battery Park on Saturdays and Sundays in October (3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.), board the Clipper City for an excursion that features tastings of both New York State Ciders and Fall Seasonal Craft Beers. Bratwurst and cider donuts will also be served as voyagers take in the breathtaking Manhattan skyline and the fall colors with which it is painted. Hot mulled cider is also available for purchase, the perfect end to that perfect autumn outing.

Fall Foliage Cruise
A simply magical waterway excursion, the Fall Foliage Cruise from Classic Harbor Line will have you departing Manhattan with sights set for the breathtaking vistas of New York’s Hudson Valley. Glide along on a fall foliage morning brunch cruise on a luxury yacht Manhattan, or take a longer sojourn aboard Schooner Adirondack. Rolling hills, majestic mountains and riverside villages come to life with autumnal colors. Landmarks along the way include the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters, the Palisades, the Little Red Light House and the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Bear Mountain Cruise
Circle Line Cruises have been providing New Yorkers and guests of this great city with expertly planned jaunts in and around NYC’s waterways for decades. One of their best is their Bear Mountain Cruise, and they have put together an exciting version of this classic to go with Oktoberfest. As your boat sails up the Hudson River to the always stunning Bear Mountain Park, oom-pah music plays. Upon arrival, patrons can avail themselves of the many amenities to be found in the park, including hiking and biking trails, a lake with paddle boats, a zoo, a museum and a restaurant. On the boat, you can partake in Schaller & Weber bratwurst with sauerkraut, German potato salad, Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels, traditional pork schnitzel and draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers. The Oktoberfest Cruise runs Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 21 to Nov. 10, and on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14. Boarding is at 8:30 a.m., with departure at 9 a.m. The boat returns between 5 and 6 p.m., depending on tides and weather conditions.

NYC Halloween Kids "Boo Cruise" Family Boat Event
Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night are all a part of what makes Halloween fun for the kiddos. Celebrating Halloween at the NYC Halloween Kids “Boo Cruise” Family Boat Event will add a new level of excitement to this spooky holiday. Held on Sunday 10/27 by New York Booze Cruise from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Prizes will be given out for “Best Guy” and “Best Girl” costume, with winners receiving an “awesome backpack full of schools supplies and free juice or soda for the remainder of the cruise!” There will be live entertainment, games and other surprise fun. Food for the cruise is provided by Hannibal Lector. The excursion departs from the Skyport Marina on FDR Drive.

Halloween Party Booze Cruise - Empire Cruises
Once the kiddies are tucked away after a night of trick-or-treating, it is time for the adults to play. Empire Cruises has curated a night of Halloween fun with their Halloween Party Booze Cruise setting sail at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Aboard their boat, you can dance to top hits mixed by their live DJ. Partiers can enjoy refreshments and cocktails at their open bar, and sightsee the NYC skyline. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their scariest Halloween costume. The cruise lasts approximately two hours, and boards at Skyport Marina. A spook-tacular time is sure to be had by all!

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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