Boat Tours

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and Classic Harbor Line have teamed up to offer insightful tours of New York City’s architecture and infrastructure, departing daily from Chelsea Piers. Choose from five distinct tours, all hosted by members of AIANY. Expert guides provide lively narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras of the city’s history, as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts.

AIANY Architecture Boat Tours:
2017 Season

Boat tours leave from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) at West 22nd Street and the Hudson River. Exact meeting location details are provided immediately upon purchase of tickets. View a full calendar of tour dates and purchase tickets here.

All AIANY tour programming can be booked privately for you and your office, clients, family, guests, school or whomever you’d like to entertain! Inquire about a private booking here.

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Adult • $78 - Student • $58

This 2-hour-and-45-minute cruise circumnavigates the island of Manhattan via the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers, and is AIANY's signature tour experience. Enjoy expert narration by an AIANY guide as you explore the architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning of New York City. Tour highlights are thematically linked to illustrate the recent transformation of an industrial waterfront to one of booming real estate development, ecologically-driven landscape design, and resilient infrastructure.

Tour features include iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, progressive waterfront parks, and recent buildings by local, national, and international award-winning architects.

Light hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included.

AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour
(AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW)


Adult • $48 - Student • $32

Based on a portion of AIANY’s signature Around Manhattan Architecture Tour, this 1-hour-and-30-minute cruise covers major sites from all eras visible along the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfront. Highlights include Governors Island, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the New Jersey coastline. Join us as we explore work by noted local and international architects, landscape architects, and engineers in Lower Manhattan, including ongoing work on the World Trade Center complex. Experience the transformation of the working waterfront in Brooklyn into a contemporary urban park and view the always-stunning Brooklyn Bridge from a whole new perspective.

AIANY Around Manhattan: Bridges, Infrastructure, and the Evolving City
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Adult • $78 - Student • $58

Based on AIANY’s signature Around Manhattan Architecture Tour, this 2-hour-and-45-minute full circumnavigation around Manhattan reveals the stories behind the iconic bridges and infrastructure that support the city’s architecture. As an archipelago, New York City is shaped by engineering marvels we take for granted everyday: bridges and tunnels, rail and roadways, power and water supply, and waste disposal systems. John Kriskiewicz, professor of architectural history and planning at Parsons, offers insights and historical anecdotes that bring the story of the city’s development and vital infrastructure to life.

Light hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included.

AIANY Around Manhattan: Historic Architecture Tour
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Adult • $78 - Student • $58

On this 2-hour-45-minute cruise you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan while taking in monuments, bridges, historic individual landmarks and districts, and parks. View Manhattan's iconic historic skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, the Woolworth Building, and three others that were once the tallest building in the world, and learn how they have been transformed over time. See New York's famed Modern architecture, including the recently renovated United Nations headquarters complex, and works by Modern masters Louis Kahn and Marcel Breuer. Discover tomorrow’s landmarks, the most notable recent additions to the New York skyline, such as the World Trade Center redevelopment, Hudson Yards and buildings by Frank Gehry, Bjarke Ingels and other superstar architects.

Includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a beer, wine or champagne.

AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour: Freshkills Park in Staten Island
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Adult • $78 - Student • $58 

This extended AIANY tour travels to Staten Island and offers a limited "backstage pass" to experience the transformation of the region's former largest garbage landfill into today's Freshkills Park. The cruise will enter a network of tidal kills (or streams) to explore the unprecedented land reclamation project, nearly three times the size of Central Park. NYC Parks and AIANY guides will provide insightful narration about cutting-edge landscape architecture and engineering, urban planning, and the industrial architecture and infrastructure of Staten Island's North West shore.

About Classic Harbor Line

If you are into comfortable cruising or the gilded era of yachting, be sure to experience Classic Harbor Line's 1920s-style "commuter" yachts.

Both the Yacht Manhattan and Manhattan II were constructed right here in New York State by Scarano Boat Building. Classic Harbor Line takes great pride in their New York heritage as well as in serving the very best of New York beers, wines, cheeses, produce and local baked goods aboard their decks.

Edible Manhattan wrote that Classic Harbor Line is “not your mother’s Circle Line.” The company strives to surpass any “tourist” expectations of what a harbor cruise entails: they include a “taste of New York” in their menus and maintain an unprecedented level of hospitality aboard a special, beautiful, intimate yacht built by New York craftsmen.

Classically-lined and comfortable with teak decks and mahogany rails, these vessels can accommodate up to 110 guests. They feature an enclosed, cushioned observatory surrounded by large windows and skylights. They are equipped for all weather with a/c and heating and thus operate comfortably all year round.


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