How was your experience?
The boat ride was 5 hours round trip, and you only get to spend 2 hours at Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain IS very pretty, and the boat ride is scenic with an informative tour guide, but it was almost impossible to hear him over the noise of the passengers. The Oktoberfest itself was extremely disappointing. It was on par with some of the worst street festivals in NYC (only a handful of vendors, with only 2 primary food stands, and 3 places to buy beer). The line for the food stand was extremely long, and moved very slowly. At one point, all power went out to the drink/food stands outside of the main building. Oktoberfest at some of the beer halls or beer gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn are much more fun with much better food. I wouldn't recommend this trip to a friend.