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NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

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Activity provider: Circle Line Sightseeing

NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Activity provider: Circle Line Sightseeing

From US$ 79 per person

Take a fifty-mile cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park. Enjoy autumnal sights and experience an onboard Oktoberfest with German food and beer available for purchase and a Polka band.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Cruise up the Hudson River and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage
  • Stop for 2 hours at Bear Mountain State Park and enjoy some glorious nature
  • Experience onboard Oktoberfest with German food and beer specials for purchase
  • Watch a live performance from an authentic German Oom-pah and Polka band
  • Hear light narration of the sights and highlights from your guide
Full description

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain in all its autumn glory. This cruise takes you to Bear Mountain State Park at just the right time when those beautiful bursts of fall leaves start to appear along the Hudson. But this is much more than a fall foliage cruise. Stop at Bear Mountain to indulge in some glorious nature. Hop off the boat there, where for 2 hours, you can enjoy the park’s 50+ hiking and biking trails, paddle around the lake,  and take in the general splendor of nature and fall weather. You will also enjoy the autumnal sights with some light narration from your onboard guide, all the while enjoying the "Onboard Oktoberfest" with German food and beer specials plus some good ol’ oom-pah music. Sample food and drink offerings include: German Feast Plate with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels Traditional pork schnitzel Classic concessions items (hot dogs, chips, candy, etc.) Draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers

Landmarks visible on the cruise include: Riverside Church Grant's Tomb The Little Red Lighthouse George Washington Bridge Hudson Valley foliage Bear Mountain State Park

  • 2.5-hour (approximately) cruise - both up and down the Hudson River
  • 2 hours at Bear Mountain State Park
  • Live German Oom-pah and Polka band
  • Light narration
  • Tour guide
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Pier 83 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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Important information

Know before you go

  • There is a steep hill leading from the dock to Bear Mountain to the main park area. Please be aware this hill may be difficult for some people to climb, including those with difficulty walking or in wheelchairs
  • The areas between the dock and the park entrance may sometimes be flooded. Hiking shoes are highly recommended
  • Picnic lunches are available for purchase and can be ordered up until 3PM the Wednesday prior to your cruise, by calling 212-563-3200
  • This ticket enables you to skip the ticket line and progress straight to boarding the ship
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Hyped boat ride

Overall, I was expecting more of an Oktoberfest themed event, given the reviews and marketing. The boat ride itself was beautiful and very pleasant. The park was wonderful, and the trees were gorgeous! Drinks were an additional $40 for an all-you-can-drink beer mug. Worthwhile given you will be on the boat for almost 6 hours (roundtrip). The band was nice, but the atmosphere on the boat was “boring” - would have liked to see a German themed Octoberfest atmosphere, with bands, food and drinks all included. Excellent narration along the way though!

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October 7, 2019

Everything excellent. There was no autumn foliage, however. My friends and family members were disappointed, but it was no one's fault, nature was just taking her time dressing up!

September 29, 2019

It was amazing....

October 30, 2017

Product ID: 113623