Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

74 Reviews | New York City, USA

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2 hours 45 minutes (Approx.)
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
A note about this tour
As of March 7, 2022, proof of vaccination will not be required. As of April 21, 2022, Facial Masks are optional, but of course welcome, on all our vessels.


Step aboard the teak decks of elegant 1920s style yachts, Manhattan or Manhattan II, and enjoy a 2.75 hour cruise while learning about NYC's architectural landmarks from the water. The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals.
Experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from a glassed-in observatory cabin, which has sliding windows for a fresh breeze, or wander to an open bow for more unobstructed views of the surrounding sites. On this cruise, guests will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, passing under all 18 bridges, while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure with narration throughout the cruise.

Important note: select departures on Friday afternoons will focus on Climate Change in and around New York City. Please call the operator directly for questions on the tour theme.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water



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Average 4.77 out of 5 stars based on 74 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Kathy P, Oct 2021 Verified
I take this cruise every time I go to NYC and always learn something new. It’s very informative and a great way to see the City. For architecture buffs, it’s a must do!
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
jeanne180, Oct 2021 Verified
Terrific tour! The AIA tour expert was a true expert!! Non stop information and excellent presentation. Ambiance in the boat very goodas was the service. We'll try other tours by this group.
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Michael, Oct 2021 Verified
Excellent narration throughout the trip, nice drink selection and snacks, friendly attentive staff and crew
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Kimberly S, Oct 2021 Verified
Enjoyed learning about architecture and history around Manhattan. The boat itself is clean and spacious. It gets windy if you venture outside so dress accordingly.
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Stacey B, Sep 2021 Verified
This is a must for anyone coming to New York. It is filled with information and the boat ride is around the entire island of Manhattan. You learn the past, present and future planning of New York City while seeing gems you would never see while walking around Manhattan. This is a five star tour and a must for anyone coming or living in New York.
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
LAURA B, Sep 2021 Verified
Great tour despite a little rainy weather. Tour guide and staff excellent. Must do if visit NYC. I highly recommend
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Erik K, Aug 2021 Verified
The boat and crew were wonderful. The 3 hour tour was better than expected and takes you close to the Statue of Liberty Island. The views of the city from the water are the best way to really see the city's architecture and geography of the islands.
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Trisha H, Aug 2021 Verified
This was so enjoyable. The yacht And scenery were beautiful, the purchased snacks were delicious, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Rose, Jul 2021 Verified
What a beautiful experience! The architectural cruise was very informative and the staff was super accommodating and friendly. The architect providing the history of New York was thorough , inviting and friendly. The snacks on board was an array of cheeses, fruit, crackers and nuts. They had a cheesecake is a jar served with strawberries and blueberries on the side. Also, a wonderfully delicious carmel cookie with sugar sprinkles on top. We order a couple of all…we had a mid day cruise and we hadn’t eaten, lol. There was a complimentary drink of your choice, alcohol, beer or soft drinks.There is an outside observatory that was fantastic. It was a drizzle of rain for a few minutes and it didn’t disturb the experience. You can slid open the windows inside, however the air condition is on, so it’s very comfortable.I will definitely book again and again with Cool Destinations cruises!
Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Riva K, Jun 2021 Verified
Highly recommended. Enjoyable and informative. Despite living in NYC all my life and am a history buff, I learned a lot. I also think the price is very reasonable. Unlike some of the other boat rides, it goes all the way around Manhattan.

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