As one of the world’s foremost tourist destinations, New York attracts well over 50 million visitors per year, making ‘The Big Apple’ both breathtaking and crowded at the same time – which can be a little frustrating. However, the New York water taxi is a vibrantly unique way to tour the city without experiencing its hustle and bustle…essentially giving tourists all of the benefits of the city, with few drawbacks.
Since beginning in 2002, the company has doubled in size from its initial six-strong fleet, and is now carrying close to 1,500 fares daily. While the commuter service is popular with many city workers wishing to avoid the horrendous daily traffic, those traveling to New York for tourism purposes will tend to be more interested in the company’s other popular offers – namely the ‘All Day Access Pass & 9/11 Memorial Museum’ and the ‘Statue of Liberty Express’ (or, for the night owls, the ‘Statue at Night’ trip).
Those on the ‘All Day Access Pass’, will get complete access to all six of the taxis’ piers in the harbor, allowing complete flexibility – there is a ‘hop on – hop off’ policy – to allow full exploration of the city. For those wishing to simply enjoy the views from the water, there is no need to hop on or off – passengers are most welcome to sit and relax for the full 90 minute round trip. The pass will also entitle passengers to visit the incredibly poignant 9/11 Memorial Museum, set up to commemorate victims of the attack.
The ‘Statue of Liberty Express’, as the name suggests, gives visitors front row seats as the taxi sails up close to the statue – allowing for stunning photo opportunities. The ‘Statue at Night’ voyage gives a night-time view of the statue against the phenomenal backdrop of Manhattan’s skyline at night, as well as a special champagne reception – ideal for those traveling as a couple. All of the above come complete with an expert guide, meaning that anyone on board The New York Water Taxi is combining knowledge with pleasure!
Although there are no shortage of methods for viewing New York’s sights, the water taxi surely ranks as one of the most unique and hassle-free. So, join the thousands of people leaving the packed roads and crowded footpaths behind and explore the city from the water.