When my family and I moved to the United States over 35 years ago, one of the first tours we did was take the Circle Line in NYC cruise around the Island. Since the boats stopped arriving to Ellis Island, this was as monumental of a tour for us.
I barely remember it since I was only six years old.
35 years later I was able to treat my parents to the tour along with my Guatemalan husband and kids. Three generations on a timeless tour of one of the greatest cities in the world.
How do you get to show your kids what NYC is really like? It’s impossible to explain to kids who have never fully understood a city like New York, what a skyline is all about. Now it was time.
What To Do in NYC with Kids – Take A Cruise tour of NYC
The Circle Line has been around for ages and there is a good reason for it. Our guide was living proof. He’s been working with Circle Line for over 20 years and truly loved his job. He made the tour fun and extremely informative.
The pick up is at Pier 42 off of 12 Avenue on the West Side – Henry Hudson River.
From there we headed down south past midtown
Past Downtown with an amazing view of the new Freedom Tower
Statute of Liberty
New York’s Skyline at Sunset
Information for the Circle Line
Circle Line has lots of different tours you can do. It’s best to check out what you’re in the mood for on their website for schedules.
How to Buy tickets
Once you decide on the tour you want, you can simply buy it right from their website.
NY CityPASS is another way to get tickets, which also gives you access to six of the top destinations in NYC.
You can also arrive to the ticket station at Pier 42.
STRONG RECOMMENDATION – Arrive to the pier at least one hour before your tour begins, with tickets or not. If you don’t have tickets, maybe even 1.5 hours before, especially during high season.