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The best way to see this amazing city is by the water aboard an NYC Architecture Boat Tour. We are happy to be in collaboration with AIA New York again this year.  Furthermore, we are proud to be announcing the AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour’s 10th Season!

On one of these cruises you will enjoy:

– Viewing Art Deco spires such as the Chrysler Building, harbor monuments and infrastructure like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

– Another exciting aspect of this cruise is you will learn about recent buildings by Frank Gehry, FAIA, & Renzo Piano, and Hon. FAIA.

– Similarly, there are other world-renowned architects that are seen from NYC’s historic waterways. 

We aim to tell the story of:

– The vast transformation of NYC’s waterfront. 

– The topics of viewing are industry, to booming residential development are deeply discussed.

– We will learn about ecologically driven park design. 

– Finally our guide will speak about the resilient urban planning to accommodate storm surge and rising sea levels.  

These boat tours will be filled with fascinating information and are sure to leave you and your team wanting more. Above all, our yachts are both elegant and comfortable.   

Meet the AIANY Guides.

All of our AIANY Tours can be booked privately in easy steps:

1. Choose the Boats
Yacht Manhattan in the Hudson River with the Financial District in the background

The Yachts Manhattan and Manhattan II host up to 46-65/80-100 guests and are available year-round. The Yacht Kingston hosts up to 35 guests and is available April - November.

2. Choose Catering and Beverages
Yacht Manhattan in the Hudson River with the Financial District in the background

Consider adding catering, full bars, alternate pick-up and drop-off locations and more to tailor your event's needs.

3. Choose an AIA Tour
Private Architecture Tour around Manhattan by boat.

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

This tour (offered since 2010 by Classic Harbor Line) is one of the most sought after narrated programs we have to offer. Hosted, curated and revised annually by the award winning AIA New York Tour Committee, you and your guests will be treated to one of the most elegantly delivered tours New York City has to offer. The New York Times says "the cruise is a fisheye lens that takes in just about everything". Continuing education credits available »

Private architecture boat ride with south street sea port NYC in the background

AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour

This tour is normally 90 minutes, but it can be a fantastic addition to a 2 to 3 hour private cruise. It is a great tour during the day and it is the only tour recommended for evening Architecture charters. You will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 42nd Street) and pass beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure. Continuing education credits available »

Bow of Manhattan with private Architectural Boat Tour customers

AIANY Around Manhattan Bridge & Infrastructure Tour

Urban planners, engineers or anyone with a curiosity on 'how the city works' are quite likely to enjoy this special themed AIANY Tour. This tour is best enjoyed during the day with a full circumnavigation of Manhattan. It takes an in-depth look at the engineering marvels of all of New York City's fantastic infrastructure in terms of transportation, power, sanitation, water supply, housing and much more. Expect some architectural highlights as well! It is hosted by John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT. Continuing education credits available »

Boat Tour of Freshkills NY with AIANY Architecture and Park Guide aboard yacht Manhattan

AIANY Industrial Waterfront Tour into Freshkills Park

Cruise the active, vibrant waterway of the Kill Van Kull and into the heart of Freshkills Park of Staten Island on one of our luxury yachts. The AIANY & planners of the Freshkills Park host this special Classic Harbor Line tour. This is the only water tour available to the public into the Freshkills waterway. Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills has embarked on a 30-year project to be transformed into the largest city park in NYC!

4. Contact Our Private Charter Team
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Fill out our form to book these private tours or to book a 'group' on a ticketed cruise.

Private Tour Rates for AIANY Cruises
Charter Rates

**If you are entertaining guests from the design field or a student group, please consider our reduced AIA charter rates above and notify your sales representative when you call. You will be asked to show proof of your association. Also, please notify the sales rep. if your industry group intends to receive 'Continuing Education Credits' through this event.

If you are interested in taking one of our public NYC Architecture Cruises click here.