The Ultimate Day in NYC on New York Water Taxi

New York Water Taxi opens up the whole city for a day of fun! We’ve put together a day that will make the most of your New York Water Taxi All-Access Pass and give you some of the best sightseeing the city has to offer. Hop on and hop off at the Taxi’s four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and while you’re on board you’ll hear the history and wonder of the city’s most famous landmarks as a guide narrates the journey. Here’s a day starting at the New York Taxi dock in Midtown Manhattan, taking you all over the city until dinner in The Seaport District.

NY Water Taxi: Hop-On in Midtown, Hop-Off at Battery Park

New York Water Taxi

The first New York Water Taxi ride of the day takes off from Pier 83 on the coast of Midtown Manhattan at 10am. Hop aboard, and enjoy the narrated ride south on the Hudson River as you head toward a hop-off point at Battery Park. Midtown: Pier 83 at 12th Ave. and W. 42nd St.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Step off the ferry at Battery Park, and you’ll find your next destination just steps away. The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust covers an important period of world history through survivor testimonies, recovered artifacts, and thoughtful media about Jewish history and The Shoah. Right now, see the unforgettable exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. This enormous exhibition contains over 700 objects from the former grounds of history’s deadliest mass murder site and is the first exhibition of its kind in the United States. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202,

Lunch at El Vez

After the museum, walk north along the Hudson waterfront until you reach El Vez, a Mexican restaurant on Vesey Street. This popular taqueria has something for everyone, from ceviche to a spicy burger to a classic fish taco. Chips and guac are a must, particularly the Tito Santana variety with mango and fresh habanero pepper. 259 Vesey St., 212-233-2500,

One World Observatory

Take your day on the water up to the sky! One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and located at the former site of the Twin Towers. You’ll travel 102 stories in 47 seconds in the SkyPod elevator and emerge to find striking vistas of the whole city once you reach the top. You can take plenty of pictures and see the observatory’s amazing features like the Sky Portal, a glass disc in the floor showing footage of the city below. 285 Fulton St., 212-602-4000,

New York Water Taxi: Hop-On at Battery Park, Hop-Off at DUMBO

After your sky-high journey, take a walk back to Battery Park for another trip on the Taxi. This time, you’ll ride near the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Stay on the taxi when it docks at the Seaport District and wait to hop off until the DUMBO stop in Brooklyn. Departing from Battery Park: 22 Battery Pl.

Brooklyn Roasting Company & Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Roasting Company

We say it’s high time for some coffee. What better place than Brooklyn’s favorite roasters? Once you get off the ferry in DUMBO, walk along the waterfront until you reach West Elm at the new complex called Empire Stores. There are plenty of retail stores and restaurants here to explore, but we’ll point you to the best coffee, found inside the multilevel home furnishing store. Grab a cup and/or a pastry at Brooklyn Roasting Company, and head back outside. Walk around or find the perfect perch in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s green lawns. There are incredible, Insta-worthy views of Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan here. If you’re around on a Sunday, you can also find Brooklyn Flea, the popular outdoor flea market, beneath Manhattan Bridge. 2 Main St., 718-243-0149,

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO

Amidst your day on the waterfront, there’s value in learning the history of New York’s storied coastline. Check out the Brooklyn Historical Society’s DUMBO outpost at Empire Stores for an interactive journey through its main exhibit, Waterfront. You’ll step into a virtual projection of the prehistoric waterfront that zooms through the East River’s many changes over the past 20,000 years. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll enjoy the historical dress-up area and “History in Motion,” an interactive feature where they can step inside ten historical paintings and photos. 55 Water St., 718-222-4111,

New York Water Taxi: Hop-On at DUMBO, Hop-Off at The Seaport District

Hop back on the Taxi for a quick trip across the East River from Brooklyn to The Seaport District. We’ve got a great dinner spot picked for you, but in case you’re looking for more things to do in the area, here’s our roundup of Seaport District activities to enjoy this summer. DUMBO: Pier 1 at 102 Furman St.

Dinner at The Fulton

The Fulton


The marine theme continues at The Fulton, a brand-new seafood venture from celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Inspired by The Fulton Fish Market once hosted at The Seaport District, this restaurant uses local fish and shellfish to create a compelling menu of crudos, pasta, seafood entrees, and raw seafood platters. The bilevel Fulton, offering incredible views of DUMBO just across the water, is an upscale environment, but plan a smart casual outfit for the day, and you’ll be all set. 89 South St., 212-838-1200,

New York Water Taxi departs from four locations in New York City. Call 212-742-1969 or visit to buy tickets and learn more.

About the Author

Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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