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Shark Speedboat
Cross Street: Fulton and South Street Pier 16 at South Street Seaport New York, NY 10038
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4.8 average rating
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Paulette Bruno Red Velvet
13 events
3 reviews
7 stars
attended Aug 23 2011

Well organized event. Boarded on time. Excellent tour guide and well informed about the NY piers viewed.
We were lucky enough to have 2 additional people on board part of NY and NJ alliances that gave information about the waterfronts in both...continued

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14 stars
attended Sep 13 2011

Highly recommended for people interested in the working waterfront of the NY/NJ area. Informative guides.

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4 stars
attended Sep 13 2011

A very interesting tour if only you could hear the audio outside. If you don't get there early enough to sit on the top, you will have to sit inside to hear. Tour is two hours, not the stated three. I found many people just wanted to talk...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

Hidden Harbor Tours take place aboard Circle Line Downtown’s grand, 3-level Zephyr.


*The Newark Bay Tour

*_*Featuring the Kill Van Kull, Bayonne Bridge and The Giant Container Ports of Newark Bay*_

This tour passes by the Red Hook Container Terminal and visits Erie Basin, home of Hughes Brothers Barges and Reinauer Tugs before crossing the harbor toward Staten Island. It then enters Kill Van Kull, the area’s busiest waterway dividing Staten Island and Bayonne, passing tug yards, oil docks and marine repair facilities. It then passes under the Bayonne Bridge and visits the giant container ports of Newark Bay, Port Newark and Port Elizabeth where the world’s largest container ships tie up. On the way back, pass by Military Ocean Terminal, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial, the Robbin’s Reef Lighthouse and another container port, ending up at the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16.

*The Brooklyn Tour

*_*Featuring Brooklyn’s Maritime Heritage & Future – Brooklyn Navy Yard to Sunset Park*_

This tours goes north (actually east) on the East River to the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, passing under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Navy Yard has three large graving docks and an active shipyard, as well as the home port of FDNY’s fireboat division. Then travel south along the Brooklyn waterfront, passing the new Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Red Hook Container Terminal, Atlantic Basin, and Erie Basin, home of Hughes Brothers Barges and Reinauer Tugs. Continue into Gowanus Bay and along the Sunset Park waterfront, home of the former large Bush Terminals. Then cross over to the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16.

*The North River Tour

*_*The Changing Waterfront of North River – Passenger Ships to Kayaks*


Begin by passing around the southern tip of Manhattan and the large ferry terminals to Staten Island and Governors Island. Travel north up along the west side of Manhattan, passing the Battery & Castle Clinton, then most of Hudson River Park, including historic ships, ferry terminals, fireboat terminals, historic Pier 57, Chelsea Piers, excursion boats, the Intrepid Sea*Air*Space Museum and finally the passenger ship terminals. Then cross over to the New Jersey side, passing the historic Hoboken waterfront, scene of the film On The Waterfront, another active shipyard, Morris Canal entrance and finally, as all our tours do, visit the Statue of Liberty for a moment before returning to Pier 16.