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Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Discover the hidden getaway of Bear Mountain, just hours from the hustle and bustle of New York City, during this 8-hour round-trip cruise up the Hudson River. Take in fabulous river views accompanied by German food, beer which are available for purchase (and live weekend entertainment) on the boat, then spend a few hours relaxing amidst the natural beauty at Bear Mountain.

    Start your day in the morning at Pier 83 in Manhattan, departing by boat as you head north up the Hudson. During the ride you’ll cruise past such landmarks as the high cliffs of the Palisades, Grant’s Tomb, the Cloisters medieval garden and the George Washington Bridge. The trip is even more spectacular in the fall months, when golden and orange-hued trees line the riverbanks. If you’re feeling hungry, grab some German beer or food (available for purchase) thanks to the onboard Oktoberfest, which also includes live music on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Soon you’ll arrive at Bear Mountain, situated 45 miles (72 kilometers) outside of the Big Apple, in the Hudson Highlands area. Spend three hours in this beautiful region at your leisure. Among the many options are the Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Perkins Tower and the carousel and pavilion. 

    An optional picnic lunch tour option allows you to enjoy a delicious outdoor meal once you arrive at the recreation area, and those who wish can purchase drinks, wine, beer, cocktails, hot dogs, sandwiches and snack foods on board during the ride.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Pier 83, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Full-day cruise, 2.5-hours in each direction, 3 hours spent on Bear Mountain
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Warning: there is a steep hill leading from the dock at 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. It may also be difficult to disembark the vessel during periods of heavy rain for those in wheelchairs or with difficulty walking.
    • No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages are available for purchase on board.
    • Our vessels include internal and external seating areas. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
    • For children/infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
    • Tickets are only valid for the specific cruise and event date.
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed today

    Went this past Sunday Oct 13. For what it is, it was good its relaxing nice scenery. I have to say the food (German October Fest) was outstanding.If you want to shoot a day ( must have nice weather) it was very good. Staff were...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Passenger37930
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We got premier tickets and it was a nice experience. Nice staff, nice strata, and nice food. Premier tickets are seated outside on the third floor. There is no inside on the third floor, so make sure to bring yourself a jacket :) overall it...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Randi891
    Jade H, Public Relations Manager at Circle Line Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Randi891. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. Cheers, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

    Reviewed 30 November 2018

    This cruise left on time and was completely full. My friends and i had hassle free boarding and got a seat inside. We were surprised that a 2 and a half hour ride up and back on the Hudson River only warranted folding chairs. After...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    2  Thank NewJerseyLuv2travel2
    Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

    My family and friends went on Oct 21 2018 It was a very cold windy day and they clearly oversold the tix. There were no seats for my group of 5. None of the staff seemed to care. They were more concerned about Coast Guard...More

    2  Thank lilfeet66
    Jade H, Public Relations Manager at Circle Line Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

    Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about this issue. We set a high standard for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear that standard was not met in your interaction with us. Please get in touch with us at guestservices@nycl.com and...More

    Reviewed 9 October 2018

    My girlfriend and I recently took the Bear Mountain cruise and we paid extra for the Premiere ticket that was supposed to give us certain perks like our own private section and waitress service . There was nobody to monitor our private section so lots...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    7  Thank Michael D
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    11 October 2019|
    Response from Connector95539 |
    The walk is less than five minutes uphill.
    5 November 2018|
    Response from titotorbellino | Reviewed this property |
    yes you are allowed to bring your own meal if you package accordingly and INDICATE you have allergies and cannot eat out. ;-)
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