AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line have teamed up to offer select architecture cruises that tour New York City.
Choose from several distinct cruises, all hosted by members of AIA New York. 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.
Most cruises 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.
Some AIA New York cruises can also be booked as private charters for business and entertainment needs, or for student groups! Learn more and inquire here.
Upcoming Boat Tours
AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour
This 2-hour-and-45-minute cruise, AIANY’s signature tour experience, circumnavigates the island of Manhattan via the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 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.
The tour will feature the city’s iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, progressive waterfront parks, and recent buildings by local, national, and international award-winning architects.
Paseo en Barco por la Arquitectura de NYC (en español)
Este recorrido de 2,5 horas narrado por uno de los guías del Instituto Estadounidense de Arquitectos - Nueva York (AIANY) se ofrece a bordo de Kingston, un mini yate de casco blanco con una cabina completamente cubierta con ventanas grandes y una sección de proa exterior. Los invitados experimentarán una visita guiada por los ríos Hudson, East y Harlem, mientras aprenden sobre las obras de arquitectos ganadores de premios nacionales e internacionales, incluidos muchos arquitectos españoles y latinoamericanos. Una bebida de cortesía incluida con cada boleto.
AIANY Climate Change, Architecture, and the Future of NYC Tour
This 2-hour-and-45-minute cruise focuses on key developments and pertinent sites related to climate change and environmental justice in New York City. Led by an expert AIANY guide, participants will learn how interdisciplinary teams of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, developers, and community groups are addressing storm surges, intense rains, and hotter temperatures. Learn how climate change is affecting our city and people, as well as the actions NYC is taking to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate threats.
Interwoven throughout the tour will be illustrations of the adverse environmental impacts of climate change and pollution on moderate-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The tour will also highlight many green buildings and sustainable designs that reduce energy consumption, water usage and pollution while creating healthy living environments.
AIANY Industrial Waterfront Tour into Freshkills Park
This extended AIA New York 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 northwest shore.
AIANY Architecture and the Lights of Gotham
This cruise, offered exclusively during the month of October as part of the Archtober festival, capitalizes on the remarkable skyline of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. Prominent examples include the Statue of Liberty from 1886, the Woolworth Tower in 1913, the 1931 Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center.
Please note that Classic Harbor Line boats are not ADA accessible. However, since each boat is different and accessibility requirements can vary person to person, please email Classic Harbor Line (email@example.com) directly prior to purchasing your tickets for more information.