Staycation Guides: On the Water staff

(Updated 08/11/2020)

As New York City moves along the road to recovery, more shops, restaurants and attractions—at limited capacity, with new health and safety protocols in place—are opening up. Locals and visitors can help support them, and in doing so remind themselves what makes NYC the most exciting destination in the world. We’ve got a few itinerary suggestions to help you start exploring the City again; seeing it from New York Harbor, the Hudson or anywhere on its waterways is a special thrill. Wherever you may decide to set out, make sure to follow the guidelines from the Stay Well NYC Pledge and check each individual business’ own rules.

Statue of Liberty. Photo: Julienne Schaer

Start with: Setting sail on the Circle Line, which offers an array of NYC cruise options.

See Lady Liberty: Board Statue Cruises to visit Liberty Island and get up-close views of the Statue of Liberty. Note: Ellis Island, the interior of the Statue and its adjacent museum remain closed until further notice.

Courtesy, Classic Harbor Line

Cue the soundtrack: Have a romantic night on Classic Harbor Line, thanks to its evening and nighttime jazz cruises.

Sit on a historic deck: Head to Baylander Steel Beach, located aboard the USS Baylander, a Vietnam War–era ship famous for once being the world’s smallest aircraft carrier; it is docked at West Harlem Piers near 125th Street. Sit at an outdoor picnic table and enjoy bar food staples like burgers, buffalo wings and fish tacos.

Roosevelt Island Four Freedoms Park. Photo: Marley White

Make an island getaway: For another history lesson near the water, visit Roosevelt Islandvia the Tram to check out Four Freedoms Park, a memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its steps have been turned into a trompe l’oeil piece of public art celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment ratification, which cleared the way for many women to vote.