Cruise like Coco Austin! The 5 best boat tours on the Hudson

The sights of New York and New Jersey are best viewed by boat.Pexels

The sights of New York and New Jersey are best viewed by boat.

One of the best ways to get incredible views of both New York and New Jersey is by boat. Don’t believe us? Well, take it from Coco Austin then. The Edgewater resident took some time off of mommy duty to take a spin around the Hudson River with a gal pal.

“Chilling on a yacht party,” she captioned an Instagram pic. “Passing the Statue Of Liberty.”

She added another photo with the skyline in the background writing, “I have to say NY from a distance is a beautiful thing.”

I have to say NY from a distance is a beautiful thing #vuecruise

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While Coco was enjoying a private yacht, these are a number of sightseeing cruises you can take to get a similar experience. Here are our five favorites.

  1. Seastreak Ferries
    There are four ports to choose from – two in New Jersey, two in New York City and you get to enjoy a view of the gorgeous Manhattan skyline. You will even be able to see the Statue of Liberty, iconic bridges, and witness One World Trade Center. Enjoy the open-air top deck or the panoramic windows inside, comfortable seating and even a full-service bar.

  1. Classic Harbor Line
    This line offers a wide range of cruises. Whether you want to have an elegant night on a yacht or prefer an adventurous escape on a sailboat, there is a cruise that everyone will be happy with. There’s also the option of chartering your own private cruise too for up to 75 guests.


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  1. New York Media Boat / Adventure Sightseeing Tours
    Enjoy the city from the same boat that CNN and other news agencies charter to cover breaking news! This tour takes you to over 40 sights around the local waterways. Also, the captain stops at various landmarks to make sure you get the right photo opportunity.

Another great day in New York Harbor! #Adventure #sightseeing #NYC

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  1. The Beast Speedboat
    If you have the need for speed, then this tour is for you! The Beast Speedboat is a thrill ride that zooms down the Hudson at up to 45 miles per hour. You’ll get a great picture in front of the Statue of Liberty along with panoramic views of midtown and lower Manhattan.


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  1. Statue Cruises
    There is no better way to be up close with Lady Liberty herself. Enjoy this cruise and travel to Ellis Island where you can visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. There are also packages so that you can even go up to the crown part of the Statue.