See the Manhattan sights from a boat
When we visited New York we only had a few days to see all the sights so we decided one way we could see many of the high points of Manhattan Island would be to do an Island Tour. We choose the Circle-Line Sightseeing group. We loved the tour and got to see so many sights from the water. We were lucky and the year we visited it was a warm winter so we stood on the deck checking the sights, but it was nice to have a place to warm up inside occasionally.
The best part of the tour for me was when we headed out toward Liberty and Ellis Island. To see the Statue of Liberty for the first time in person was a special experience, but it was highlighted by the view of Southern Manhattan when we turned around. We could see the One World Trade Center under construction, the Empire State Building, Battery Park and the beautiful array of buildings and bridges that make up the skyline of Manhattan.
As we continued our tour we sailed under the Brooklyn Bridge and headed North around the rest of the island. We saw Yankee Stadium and all the different suburbs and empty spaces of the island. In hindsight, I would recommend the shorter tour. Our tour went around the whole island and although it was fun to see all the different parts of the island. The parts that most often are not seen by visitors I would have enjoyed the tour just as much if we had only did half the Island.
Either way whatever you decide you it will be worth your time to check out the views of the city from the ocean.
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