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AIANY Boat Tours Landing Page

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic*, AIA New York tours are operating on a limited schedule. Please check back for expanded offerings throughout 2021, or email with any questions.

Several distinct cruises, all hosted by expert AIANY member guides, offer 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.

All architecture cruises can also be booked privately and safely.

*Our partners at Classic Harbor Line are running a variety of modified cruises in line with the required health and safety guidelines for our area. You can now book tickets with more cancellation options. Find out more about Classic Harbor Line’s current operating practices and see FAQs here.

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Upcoming Boat Tours

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

2-3 Adults: $106 each | 4-9 or 10+ Adults: $86 each | Students: $68 each

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 insightful 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 a post-industrial waterfront, and an exploration of how cities might adapt in the post-COVID era.

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. To help put the COVID pandemic in context, the 2021 tour will also identify historic quarantine sites along with NYC’s newest hospital and bio-med research facilities.

AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour: Freshkills Park in Staten Island

2-3 Adults: $106 each | 4-9 or 10+ Adults: $86 each | Students: $68 each

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.

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 ( directly prior to purchasing your tickets for more information.


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