AIA New York boat tours have resumed, with lots of safety precautions in place! Learn how Classic Harbor Line is working to keep guests safe. A 2-guest minimum is required for each booking due to the economic reality of COVID-19 restrictions. The interior allows for 10 separate bookings at 10 very large and separated tables.
AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line have teamed up to offer select boat tours of New York City.
Choose from several distinct tours, 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 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.
All AIA New York tour programming can also be booked privately and safely for you and your close circle, at a discount for a limited time.
For a sneak peak of what’s in store, join AIANY boat tour guide Joe Lengeling, AIA, for a virtual tour of recent highlights along NYC’s waterfront on IGTV.
Upcoming Boat Tours
This 2-hour-and-45-minute cruise circumnavigates the island of Manhattan via the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers, and is AIA New York's signature tour experience. Enjoy expert narration by an AIA New York 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.
Building on the successful 10-year collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, this new architecture boat tour 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.
This two hour-and fifteen-minute narrated cruise will depart at sunset from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and will include the Lower Hudson River, the Upper Bay and the East River. Offered most Tuesday evenings throughout the fall.
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 AIA New York 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.
Based on AIA New York’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.
Based on a portion of AIA New York’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.
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.