New York City is full of stunning views, but none more so than the view of the city skyline from the river. The CitySightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Ferry Tour has great views of NYC as well as easy access to some of the city’s best attractions!
With this cruise tour, you can sail past the Statue of Liberty and go under the Brooklyn Bridge! You have the option to hop-off at Pier 78, the World Financial Center, DUMBO, Brooklyn and Pier 11. To some, Pier 11 is known best as a commuter hub given its close proximity to Wall Street, but it offers visitors so, so much more!
Pier 11 is located in Lower Manhattan, near South Street Seaport. Just a short walk away is Battery Park and Wall Street! The area is full of great museums to visit, beautiful parks and delicious food and drink options!
If you hop-off at Pier 11, you are close to quite a few fabulous museums that are all in walking distance. You can find the National Museum of the American Indian that in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, right next to Battery Park. It is free to enter and has a number of exhibitions – including a current exhibit on native dance, and another on narrative art. It’s a superb way to explore the history of the Americas.
Another great museum is the South Street Seaport Museum. It tells the story of the rise of New York as a port city and the role it played in American history. You can also take the Street of Ships Tour and climb on-board the many ships in-port including the Peking!
Battery Park or The Battery, as it is now being referred to, is definitely worth a visit if you stop at Pier 11. Going to this park should definitely be on your ‘Things to Do in NYC’ list! Interestingly, it is named after the artillery batteries that were positioned here to protect the early settlement. It has great views of Freedom Tower and also of the Statue of Liberty! The park is just full of history! Before Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty, this was where New York’s new residents landed on arrival from Europe and beyond.
At Pier 11, you are not far from the East River Park. You can take a stroll there and being right next to the river makes it a lovely spot. You’ll get a great view of the Manhattan skyline and as you’re still on the sight of the old port, you’ll find old remnants of the past – like tram lines and cobble stones.
The Titanic Memorial Park is also located at South Street Seaport. The focal point of the park is a 1913 lighthouse that commemorates the sinking of the Titanic – which was on her way to New York City when she sank in the North Atlantic in 1912.
You can’t leave the area around Pier 11 without walking around Wall Street and soaking up the atmosphere. It’s one of the most important financial centers in the world! It is here you can see the Federal Reserve and visit the famous ‘Charging Bull’!
Food and Drink
There are some great places to eat in the Pier 11 area! If you go to South Street Seaport, you can indulge in the city’s greatest foods at Smorgusburg. Local Tip: The Red Hook Lobster Rolls and Wowfulls waffle dessert are to die for!
You can also head to Stone Street for some lunch! It’s an old historic area of the city with plenty of beautiful old buildings that offer a variety of options for food and drink. There are also a lot of bars and cafes to relax at.
Whether it’s the view of Statue of Liberty from The Battery or of the Brooklyn Bridge from the South Street Seaport – Pier 11 is the best place to see the city! If you plan to visit soon, definitely add Pier 11 to your "Things to Do in NYC" list - even for just the views!
So there you have it! The Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise is a must do in NYC! Whether you hop-off at Pier 11 or any of our other stops, there is always something to discover!