Boat ride around Manhattan
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Fresh air and breathtaking views on the New York waterways
Word to the wise: If you hop aboard the high-speed Beast cruise, be sure to wear a bathing suit or you'll be soaked for the rest of the day.
Manhattan is an island, so why not take a cruise around it? The company 'All New York Tours' has a great choice of excellent cruises from 30 minutes to three hours, with frequent departures throughout the day. Even the speed is variable. While most are done at a leisurely, relaxing pace, the Beast - appropriately painted with scary teeth on the front - whisks passengers at thrilling high speeds.
The three hour cruise is a great deal. For USD 36.99, you sail around the entire Manhattan Island. Along the way, you navigate three rivers, sail under seven bridges, pass five boroughs, and spy over 25 world-renowned landmarks, including an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty.