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 Around Manhattan & Lower Manhattan Boat Tours



AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour 

Guided by AIA New York members, the New York City architecture tour will circumnavigate Manhattan. You will take in the “starchitecture” of the West Side, skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, and the icons of the East River. These world famous monuments and more recent waterfront architecture can be viewed in comfort and style from the climate-controlled, enclosed back deck observatory, or from our open bow for some fresh air and sunlight. Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or Champagne is included. (Continuing education credits available)

• Buy tickets Yacht Manhattan  Adult • $76 - Student • $58

• Buy tickets Yacht Kingston Adult • $68 - Student • $54

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AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour

Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students and professionals! (Students should take advantage of our reduced 'student' tickets on this tour.)  On this 90 minute cruise, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street) and pass beneath the Broooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.  (Continuing education credits available)

• Buy Tickets Yacht Manhattan  Adult • $46 - Student • $32

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AIANY Industrial Waterfront Tour into Freshkills Park

Cruise the active, vibrant waterway of the Kill Van Kull and into the heart of Freshkills Park of Staten Island on one of our luxury yachts. The AIANY & planners of the Freshkills Park host this special Classic Harbor Line tour. This is the only water tour available to the public into the Freshkills waterway.  Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills has embarked on a 30-year project to be transformed into the largest city park in NYC!

• Buy Tickets Yacht Manhattan  Adult • $76

AIANY Around Manhattan Bridge & Infrastructure Tour

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT, is your host for a full circumnavigation tour that takes an in depth look at the engineering marvels of all of New York City's fantastic, historic, and wildly different bridges and tunnels! Historical anecdotes and tales of great human engineering feats tell the story of these great 18 bridges and 4 tunnels. Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or Champagne is included. (Continuing education credits available)

• Buy tickets Yacht Manhattan  Adult • $76 - Student • $58

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AIANY Featured Guide Series

The AIANY Tour Committee’s Featured Guide Series invites NYC waterfront specialists, from varied fields and disciplines, to offer first hand insights drawn from their involvement in the transformation of our city’s edge. AIANY Tour Committee co chair, Arthur Platt, hosts the Featured Guide and contributes to Around Manhattan NYC Architecture Tour narration.  

Click here to see who is the Featured Guide!

• Buy tickets Yacht Manhattan  Adult • $46 - $76

AIANY Private Tours

All of our AIANY Tour Programming can be booked privately for you and your office, clients, family, guests, school or whomever you'd like to entertain with this spectacular series of tours!  Both the Manhattan and the Kingston offer a range of space accommodations for groups of 6 to 60 for these narrated events.  An official AIANY guide will be your host and along with your private tour you can add catering, bar packages, and many other elements of entertainment or comforts.  When booking these tours privately, you may also request route modifications, special themed tours and shortened or lengthened tours.  Email to book these private tours or learn more on our Private AIANY Tours page

2015 Charter Rates

*If you are entertaining guests from the design field or a student group, please consider our reduced AIA charter rates:

2015 AIANY Student Rates

AIA New York, in partnership with Classic Harbor Line, is pleased to announce the AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour’s 5th Season.

To accommodate demand Classic Harbor Line’s yacht Kingston joins the Manhattan to serve an expanded architecture tour menu. This year four distinct tours are offered: NYC Architecture, NYC Bridges & Infrastructure, the Featured Guide Series and, new in 2014, Lower Manhattan Architecture.

Both meticulously designed 1920s-style yachts offer comfortable, teak detailed, enclosed cabins with excellent sightlines. The Manhattan’s cabin is climate controlled.  Guests are free to wander the decks for even greater views while Classic Harbor Line’s crew serves a complimentary beer, wine or Champagne and light snacks.

Tours are scheduled 6 days a week to allow visitors, locals, architecture tourists and students to enjoy insightful narration provided by AIANY guides covering New York’s iconic landmarks, Modern architecture and engineering masterpieces.

Art Deco spires such as the Chrysler Building, harbor monuments and infrastructure like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, recent buildings by Frank Gehry, FAIA, Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, and Richard Meier, FAIA, among other world-renowned architects are just a few of the tour highlights seen from NYC’s historic waterways.

Tour features are thematically linked to illustrate the vast transformation of NYC’s waterfront from industry to booming residential development, ecologically driven park design and resilient urban planning to accommodate storm surge and rising sea levels.


As noted by New York Times, this is the tour that reintroduces New Yorkers to the marvels of their waterfront, or as some now call it, the "Sixth Borough."


Click here to read what the NY Times said about the NYC Architecture Cruise 2014

Click here to read what the NY Times said about the NYC Architecture Cruise 2012

Click here to read what the NY Times said about the NYC Architecture Cruise 2010


Read what guests say about our cruise!

Rating: 5 Kudos from a Chicago architecture tour guideA fabulous trip. There are many buildings in NY that are best seen from the water, and of course the boat takes you close to the bridges. The docent was excellent--well informed, his remarks were very well paced, giving us time to both listen and to look at the buildings (and landscape). And he had a lovely voice! The crew members were friendly and attentive, though never obtrusive. They served drinks and snacks that were too tasty. The boat feels quite luxurious, and there is a chance to walk around, go outside or stay inside (from inside the views are very very good). My friends and I had a wonderful time and learned a lot and we plan to ask others to join us when we are all in NY. Very happy passengers, we were.


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