Sunset Boat Tour of NYC


This week I was in New York for an unforgettable event with Hellmann’s. The event was super quick — just lunch on Tuesday — and since I’d be in the city anyway, Kevin and I decided to go up a few days early and make a weekend out of it, just the two of us.

Kevin and I have only been to NYC once together, so I let him pick whatever he wanted to do. He always finds the best stuff. I love it when he plans trips! :) Remember the Savannah trip he planned??! :)

The last time we were in the city he picked Wicked, and that is probably my faaaaaaaavorite thing I have ever done in NYC. This time he picked a Sunset Boat Tour of NYC, and honestly, this was probably the best thing I have ever done in NYC.


He found New York Media Boat and booked their “Adventure Sightseeing Tour” on a speedboat like Navy Seals extraction teams use. It was so fun speeding all over NYC!! Loved sightseeing without the crowds and traffic. Plus it was a gorgeous day to be out on the water! We could not have asked for more perfect weather.


Kevin signed us up for the Harbor Sightseeing Adventure Boat Tour for an 1.5 hour guided tour from 5:00pm − 6:30pm on Thursday, September 19th. Sunset was at 7pm that night, so for the second half of our tour, we were right in the golden hour.


There are normally 6 spots available for these tours. Prices (when we went) were $65 per person. You can also see how many other people have already signed up before you book your tour. As it turned out, we were the only ones who signed up for this particular tour, so we had the whole boat to ourselves. :)


We started on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River, at the Holland Tunnel. It was crazy how much we could see of the city once we got out on the water! Here was a quick shot I snapped of the Empire State Building.


We passed the Chelsea Piers and saw the would-be final destination for the Titanic. The pier is now a massive entertainment complex with bowling lanes and even a driving range overlooking the river.


We also passed the FDNY’s new fireboat, Three Forty Three, named after the number of FDNY members killed in the line of duty on September 11th, 2001.


We saw helicopters taking off from the West 30th Street Heliport.


And we slowed down by the USS Intrepid, the colossal 873-foot aircraft carrier built and commissioned during World War II. It was also the recovery ship for the Mercury and Gemini space missions and is now a museum, which houses the Space Shuttle Enterprise under that big grey cover.


We saw the impressive Pier 88 and Pier 90, where all the cruise ships come into NYC.


And got a view of the George Washington Bridge connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.


We then turned around to head down the New Jersey side of the river.


Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative, and pointed out and explained the history of all the landmarks, like the Erie Lackawanna Railway.


He pointed out Jersey City and Hoboken.


As we rounded the tip of southern Manhattan, we got a quick view of Battery Park, named for the artillery batteries positioned here in the city’s early years to protect the settlement.


And an up close and personal view of One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower).


Next we headed for the Brooklyn Bridge.


And up the East River.


On the way back, the sun was beginning to set over the Brooklyn Bridge.


It was the perfect time to head to the Statue of Liberty.


Ya’ll, this is how to see the Statue of Liberty.


Avoid the lines, avoid the crowds, and get your own up close and personal view from any angle.


When we turned around to head home, we got a final view of One World Trade Center at the golden hour.


And a breathtaking view of the fiery skyline.


Our guide, Bjoern, is a professional photographer too, (he took a photo for an ad that appeared in Times Square) so he knew all the good spots to take us — and when.


In the trailing moments of pre-sunset twilight, we idled the boat and sat with the view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island looking one way, and Manhattan looking the other way.


We watched the light glisten magically off the buildings of the New York City skyline.


And burn with orange as the sun set.


We caught a view of the Empty Sky memorial in New Jersey right at sunset. The view between the two monuments faces exactly towards the location of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers.


If you’ve got a trip to NYC coming up, I would highly, highly recommend this tour! :) I probably wouldn’t go in the winter, but they do provide heavy, waterproof coats for when the weather is a little cooler. The temperature was in the 70s-80s when we went, and it was absolutely perfect.

New York Media Boat Adventure Sightseeing Tours

You have to watch our video from the tour!!! It’s only 15 seconds. :) It is one of my favorite videos ever. I think it should win awards!! ;)

Have a great weekend!! :) xoxo

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Julia @ hungryandconfused September 27, 2013 at 3:27 am

My boyfriend and I always do the “feet” shot too :)
This looks like great fun – I’ll put it on my to-do list for next time I’m in NYC.


Julia September 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

Thanks for sharing your amazing photos of this boat tour! I guess it was a great experience especially because of the great weather and sunset!
I can’t wait to fly to NY in November.

xo, Julia


Southern Gal September 27, 2013 at 5:03 am

That sounds like the best way to tour! Beautiful shots.


Maria José September 27, 2013 at 6:45 am

Amazing photos of N.Y., beautiful travel and shots.


Sandy_in_MD September 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

What a great way to see the city! Gorgeous photos – so glad you had a great time.


shelly (cookies and cups) September 27, 2013 at 7:05 am

I think I NEED to dot that tour! Oh, and your video should really win an award.. for sure :)


Susan September 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

Thanks for the wonderful information! What a great way to see the city!


April September 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

I want to go to NYC so bad one day. All of your pictures are amazing! Your hubby does sound like a good vacation planner.


Jenny Flake September 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

I LOVE this post. What a fun tour, you and Kevin are just the cutest around! Can’t wait to see you in T minus one week! woohoo!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

That looks like a great way to spend the day and a boat all to yourself!? Sweet!

I’ve always wondered why they called it Battery Park! Good to know it has nothing to do with the crime! ;-)


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

Great post! Loved the sunset photos of the city!


Janine September 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

It’s funny, I live in NJ, but I’ve never been on a boat tour around the city. I think I’ll have to take one now. :-)


Adrienne Seal September 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

That tour sounds wonderful! Will definitely bookmark it for my next New York City trip.


Suzanne Shepherd September 27, 2013 at 10:31 am

Thanks for the tour, Amanda; that was a very unique way to see NYC!


Shirley September 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

I may never make it to NY in my life…so I really enjoyed your sharing your trip!
You guys are such a wonderful couple!


KatieF September 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

Ohmygoodess, WHAT FUN!!! That last picture of you and Kevin is FABULOUS – y’all are just too cute! Can’t wait to see more of your NYC pictures! :)


Ali @ Inspiralized September 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Aw, love this post! You can see my apartment building (on the Jersey side) in your pictures! I live in Jersey City, across from our lady liberty! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in the area.


Karen September 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for the photos! You make everywhere you go look like so much fun, you left my heart in Florida though.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

How fun! I love all the pictures! I think a trip to NYC is in order.


Lois H September 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

It was so great seeing you two up north! I like knowing you were close by – is that weird? Anyway, it was fun seeing NYC at sunset. I only ever catch sunset at the beaches down in South Jersey. Or sometimes in Naples, FL. So it was cool to see the ‘city sunset’. Glad you got to do it!


Alice September 28, 2013 at 5:42 am

Magnificent! It makes me want to plan a trip simply for the boat ride. Thanks for sharing.


LyndaS September 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

Wow! That is an incredible way to see NY City. I haven’t been there yet, but hope to make it someday. That is so cool that you and Kevin were the only ones on the boat. Sweet!


Kelly September 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

Amanda – this is a great post! NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s great to know about a new sightseeing opportunity! Your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!


Barb September 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Love the tour & video of NYC and love the foot shots:-)


Magnolia Mom October 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Gorgeous pics. Can’t wait to go see the memorial and the new tower. Just an amazing feat of engineering.


channy April 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

hi! i love your blog!! if you don’t mind me asking, what your camera settings were for the pic of the brooklyn bridge at sunset with the sun rays peeking through it? these are all really great shots! i love seeing all the places you’ve been!


Amanda April 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi Channy! You can click on any photo to see the camera, lens, and settings used to take that photo. Hope this helps!! :)

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