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Lower Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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The Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students, and professionals!

Aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, you'll experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson and East Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight (weather permitting). Guests are additionally treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase.



  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Fully narrated tour

On this 1.5-hour cruise from Chelsea Piers, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street) and pass beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges while admiring monuments, architecture, parks, and infrastructure.

Aboard either the Manhattan or Manhattan II, enjoy a tour focused on the lower half of the island of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Hosted and narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects, your tour includes a beer or glass of wine or champagne (minimum drinking age is 21 years with valid ID). Both indoor climate-controlled seating and outdoor seating is available.

Features, topics, and themes of this tour include exploration of the planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the '6th Borough,' and addressing rising sea levels. Receive insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler Building and Woolworth Building, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent 'starchitecture' boom, including buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and other noted international and local architects.

See how the greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers includes ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects. Admire the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newest waterfront monument: Roosevelt Island's Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

Pass by NYC's engineering masterpieces — the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Navy Yard. See the adaptation of the High Line as an elevated, linear park, and learn about its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards. And discover the story of post-WWII urban renewal and public housing along the waterfronts of the Lower East Side.


  • Your ticket includes 1 complimentary beverage from the bar. Additional drinks available for purchase.


  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years (valid ID required)
  • For your security, at check-in you are required to present a valid photo identification matching the name listed on your booking 

Terms & Conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Schedule & Info

Departure Point
Chelsea Piers (Pier 62)

Departure Time

90 minutes


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