When visiting New York City one of my essential things to do is view the vast city skyline from a distance to not only appreciate the size of the city but to take a short break from the endless hours of walking I do within the city exploring. This time, I while in Manhattan I decided to head to Battery Park and sail aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship for a relaxing 1.5 hour tour of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty from the water.
Clipper City Tall Ship Tour Of New York
To get to the tour you need to go to Battery Park, and head to slip 2 on the south side where you will see a pop-up tent at the dock, and perhaps the ship already docked. Manhattan by Sail who runs the tall ship boat cruise has two different boats, the Clipper City and the Shearwater, which offer daytime and sunset tours, and for any of these tours you need to arrive 30 minutes before the boat departs.
Once aboard the Clipper City I was amazed how large the boat is, the ship is 158 feet long and 120 feet height with multiple decks and can accommodate over 134 passengers.
Minutes after departing, all the passengers of the boats are invited to help with raising the massive sails if they wish with the energetic and friendly crew.
After the sails being raised it is time to relax, and enjoy the view and if desired grab a drink from the bar on the main deck.
Starting with views of lower Manhattan and the Financial District, I also got to see Governor’s Island, Brooklyn, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
I highly enjoyed my sail as it was my first time aboard a sail ship, and I loved it. If you are visiting New York City and are looking for a way to get amazing photographs of the Statue of Liberty than I strongly recommend this sailing tour. Instead of the typical way of seeing the Statue of Liberty by traveling aboard the often crowded ferry the Clipper City sailing tour allows you to get nice and close to the Statue of Liberty so that you can get your photographs of the iconic landmark without battling large crowds.
I was provided a complimentary sail on the Clipper City as part of a press trip. All opinions are my own. The first image of the ship was taken by Manhattan by Sail.