Boat Tours

Classic Harbor Line’s fleet of 1920s style yachts regularly depart from Chelsea Piers to offer insightful NYC architecture and infrastructure tours. We currently offer 5 distinct tours, all hosted by members of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. AIANY guides provide expert narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras 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, learn more, and purchase tickets here.

Are you interested in booking a private tour? 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)


Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $78 - Student • $58

This 2.75-hour tour circumnavigates Manhattan Island. Board Classic Harbor Line’s 1920s-style yachts and enjoy an AIANY guide's expert narration covering architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning from all eras of NYC’s built environment. 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 to help mitigate storm surge and accommodate rising sea levels.

Tour features include: iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, progressive waterfront parks, and recent buildings by interdisciplinary design teams including Frank Gehry, FAIA; Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA; West 8; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; MNLA; and SHoP, among others.

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

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


Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $48 - Student • $32

This 1.5 hour cruise covers major sites from all eras visible along the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts. Tour features include the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island’s recent park, and recent work by noted local and international architects, landscape architects and engineers.

AIANY Bridge, Architecture & Infrastructure Tour
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $78 - Student • $58

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architectural History and City Planning, leads a full circumnavigation tour and provides an in depth look at the engineering of New York City's historic and diverse bridges, tunnels, highways, power plants, and wastewater facilities. Technical insights and historical anecdotes help tell the story of this vital infrastructure.

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

AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park
(AIA CES: 2.5 LU | HSW)


Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $78 - Student • $58 

This 3.25 hour round-trip excursion co-guided by the Freshkills Park Planners and AIANY allows you to experience a major shipping channel and see our industrial waterfront including the active ports of Bayonne & Newark Bay. You'll enjoy unobstructed views from the covered and enclosed solarium or the open decks of one of our yachts. Cushioned seating, heat & AC, a fully stocked bar, and two well-appointed restrooms are available on each yacht.

Light snacks will be provided by Classic Harbor Line. Guests are additionally welcome to bring outside food as well.

AIANY Around Manhattan Historic Architecture Tour


Yacht Manhattan: 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.

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.


The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012
(212) 683-0023

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