Boat Rides in Rockland and Orange Counties
The River Rose
Blu Pointe Landing in Newburgh
845-363-4550; 888-442-5211; prideofthehudson.com
Rides: This two hour cruise aboard the River Rose, an authentic stern driven Mississippi paddle wheeler, heads south from Newburgh and includes a narrated tour of historically significant sites such as Bannerman’s Island, the Catskill Water Aqueduct, the Village of Cold Spring, World’s End and the military academy at West Point. Passengers will also learn the history of the many cities and towns on both banks of the Hudson. The River Rose also hosts a Sunday Brunch Cruise and a Dinner Cruise, both of which are buffet style.
Hours: Narrated Sightseeing Cruise: Usually 2pm-4pm every Saturday and Sunday plus some Wednesdays and Thursdays until October 24. Sunday Brunch Cruise: 11am-1pm on June 19, August 21, September 18, and October 9. Dinner Cruise: 7pm-9pm on June 24 and August 19. Check zerve.com/riverrose for exact dates and times.
Cost: Sightseeing Cruise: $22 adult; $16 child (ages 4-12). Brunch Cruise: $42 adult; $26 child. Dinner Cruise: $48 adult; $26 child. Children under the age of 4 ride free on all cruises. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.
Boat Rides in Fairfield County
The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street, Norwalk
Rides: All cruises are on the R/V Spirit of the Sound, the only research vessel in North America with hybrid-electric propulsion. Aquarium educators are aboard every cruise. The Marine Life Study Cruise includes sampling techniques such as a plankton tow, trawl net and biodredge that brings up a variety of fish, crabs, and mollusks. A video microscope and large touch tank on board enhance observations. No food is available for purchase, but passengers can bring their own on the lighthouse cruises and Sunset Cruise. Passengers must be over 42” tall to ride and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hours: Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise: 10am-2:30pm every first Saturday from June 4 to October 1. Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise: 9am-3pm every fourth Saturday from May 28 to September 24. All-Ages Sunset Cruise: 6:30pm-9pm on selected Fridays. Marine Life Study Cruises: 1pm-3:30pm most Saturdays and Sundays from May 14 to June 19; 1pm-3:30pm daily from June 20 to Labor Day excluding some days in June and July. Some cruises will depart at 10am, 2pm, or 4pm. Check website for exact dates and times.
Cost: Central Long Island Cruise: $70. Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse cruise: $75. All-Ages Sunset Cruise: $29.95. Marine Life Study Cruise: $29.95. Aquarium members receive a $10 discount on lighthouse cruises and a $5 discount on the Marine Life Study Cruise. Reservations are strongly recommended and in some cases required.
Boccuzzi Park at Southfield, 166 Southfield Ave, Stamford
Rides: Explore the Long Island Sound aboard an 80 foot Schooner on an afternoon sail designed for families. Work together to raise sails, discover what inhabits the water of the Sound, sample and test water quality, learn about hypoxia, and analyze groundwater. Alternatively board the Schooner at sunset for dinner and beverages. All passengers must be 5 years for both.
Hours: Afternoon Sail: Saturdays and Sundays 3pm-5pm from June 25 to August 7 and 2pm-4pm from August 28 to September 25. Sunset Sail: dates vary; usually Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays for two hours departing at either 6:30pm, 6pm, 5:30pm, or 5pm. Check website for exact dates and times.
Cost: Afternoon Sail: $35 adult; $20 child. Sunset Sail: $35.
Boat Rides in Nassau County
The WaterFront Center
1 West End Avenue Oyster Bay
Rides: The WaterFront Center offers Harbor Tours, Sunset Sails, and Marine Discovery Sails aboard the Christeen Oyster Sloop. The Sunset Sail is a two hour long evening cruise around Oyster Bay. The Harbor Tour is a sail around West Harbor, Oyster Bay, and Cold Spring Harbor. The Discover Sail is best for children as it offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Children ages 3 and older with an accompanying adult are permitted on all three sails.
Hours: Sunset Sails: 6pm-7:45pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 21 to August 31. Harbor Tour: 10am-12pm Saturdays and Sundays from June 18 to August 7. Discovery Sails: 10am-12pm Saturdays and Sundays from June 11 to September; 2pm-4pm in October.
Cost: $25 per person on each cruise
Freeport Water Taxi and Tours
11520 Woodcleft Avenue Nautical Mile, Freeport
Rides: The One Hour Day Cruise is perfect for families that want to enjoy the bays of South Shore of Long Island. A variety of other cruises more geared towards adults, special event cruises, fishing excursions, and seal watching cruises (only run from October through April) are also offered.
Hours: 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from June through October.
Cost: $15 adult; $10 child; free for children ages 5 and under.
Captain Lou Fleet
28A Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport
Rides: Climb aboard the110 foot Starstream VIII, a Modern Super cruiser for half day fishing trips. Bait and tackle are provided while there is a rod rental fee. A full snack bar is provided in the climate controlled cabin, though passengers are welcome to bring aboard their own food and beverages. The experienced Captain and crew offer assistance and clean your catches for free.
Hours: 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm daily during summer and fall season.
Cost: Half Day Fluke Trips: $44 adult; $32 child (ages 12 and under); $25 child on Tuesdays from June to September.
Boat Rides in Suffolk County
American Beauty II
Rides: Guests can choose either a 90 minute Nature Cruise or 2 hour Sunset Cruise. The Nature Cruise explores the Peconic Estuary System. Learn about the history of Sag Harbor, view the historic whaling village, and see Barcelona Point, Cedar Point Lighthouse and Mashomack Nature Preserve with full osprey nests on Shelter Island.
Hours: The Nature Cruise departs daily at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm (only available on weekends in June). The Sunset Cruise departs Thursday through Monday from June 25 through September 5 at varying afternoon times. Schedule may vary due to charters and weather. Call for updates.
Cost: Nature Cruise: $31 adult; $19 (ages 5-12); Children under the age of 5 ride Sunset Cruise: $40 adult; $27 child.
Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street, Riverhead
Rides: Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Enjoy hands-on exploration including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.
Hours: Departs weekends at 12pm and 2pm during May; Weekdays at 11am, 2pm, and weekends at 12pm and 2pm in June; Daily at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm from July through Labor Day; Weekends at 12pm and 2pm in September.
Cost: Tour boat only: $20 adult and child; $5 for children ages 2 and under. Combo Aquarium Admission: $40.50 adult; $34 child (ages 3-12); Discounts for aquarium members and Suffolk County green key cardholders.
Stony Brook Marine Services
Rides: The 27-passenger pontoon boat “Discovery” cruises through The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 1.5 hour tour. A naturalist is onboard to describe the wildlife and flora.
Hours: Scheduled by tide table May 12-October 20. Check site for full schedule.
Cost: Advance registration: $28 adult; $25 seniors and students; $18 child (ages 6 and under). Walk-ons (cash only): $35 adult, $30 seniors and students; $20 child.
The Moon Chaser
Captree State Park, Babylon
Rides: Great South Bay Excursions feature a live 1.5 hour narrated tour of the wildlife, history, scenery of the Great South Bay and Fire Island coastline. Boxed lunches are allowed. The Moon Chaser is a 65 foot vessel with an enclosed main deck, comfortable seating, fully equipped nautical bar, and upper canopied sun deck. Special packages for groups of 30 or more or private excursions for day camps and schools are also offered from June through September.
Hours: 1pm-2:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday from July 7 to August 27.
Cost: $15 adult; $11 child (ages 12 and under); Children ride free every Wednesday (1 child per adult)
Sailing Montauk/Mon Tiki
59 Star Island Rd, Montauk
Rides: Mon Tiki is a US Coast Guard Certified 40-foot eco-conscious catamaran inspired by traditional Polynesian double-canoe designs. Come aboard for scheduled sailing trips such as the Sunset Cruise, Discover Montauk Sail, and Three Hour Sail and Swim. Children under the age of 5 may not board the Sunset Cruise. All ages are welcome on daytime cruises. The Three Hour Sail and Swim only runs during the summer. Dates and ticketing have yet to be announced.
Hours: Sunset Cruise: 6:30-8:30 Saturday, Sunday and some Thursdays and Fridays until June 12. Discover Montauk Sail: 12pm-2pm on varying days. Check for official times and dates at zerve.com/MonTiki
Cost: Sunset Cruise: $60. Discover Montauk Sail: $60 adult; $40 child (ages 11 and under).
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