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AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour into Freshkills Park
Duration: 3.25 hrs +
Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 (W. 22nd St.) New York, NY 10011
Cost: $112 Adult, $86 Student

Key Points on the Staten Island Freshkills Park Cruise

  • The Freshkills Park water tour is $116 for adults and $86 for students ages 12 and older.
  • This is a fully narrated 3.25-hour AIANY Freshkills Park tour co-hosted by the AIANY and leadership from Freshkills Park, aboard the Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II.
  • Elegant tables separated by clear partitions are assigned to each booking on this Staten Island Freshkills Park cruise.
  • This NYC Freshkills Park tour travels through industrial waterways into Fresh Kills to see the development of what will be a city park three times the size of Central Park!
  • The Freshkills Park cruise shows off one of the most remarkable land reclamation projects in the world.
  • Includes one complimentary beverage from the bar (beer, wine, or champagne). Additional beverages are available for purchase by credit card only.
  • AIA CES: 2.5 Continuing Education Credits offered. Continuing education credits available »
On this 3.25-hour fully narrated AIANY Freshkills Park tour, 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 American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and planners of Freshkills Park co-host this special NYC Freshkills Park tour alongside Classic Harbor Line. This is the only public Freshkills Park water tour available into the Fresh Kills waterway. Officially closed in 2001, Fresh Kills has embarked on a 30-year project to be transformed into the largest city park in NYC! Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills Park is the largest landfill to park transformation project in the world and when complete will be one of the largest parks in NYC. This Freshkills Park cruise shows off how its rolling grasslands, wetlands, and waterways are already home to an abundance of birds, fish, and wildlife.

Highlights of the AIANY Freshkills Park Tour include

  • A 3.25-hour round-trip excursion co-guided by the Freshkills Park Planners and the AIANY.
  • On this Freshkills Park cruise, you’ll see a major shipping channel and our industrial waterfront including the active ports of Bayonne & Newark Bay.
  • Learn about the history of Fresh Kills Landfill and how it is being made safe for the public on this NYC landfill to park transformation tour.
  • On this AIANY Freshkills Park Tour, pass by giant tankers, container ships, dredge barges, and tugs.
  • Freshkills Park cruise provides sweeping views of four full-capped ‘mounds’ covered in vegetation and wildlife.
  • You’ll enjoy unobstructed views from the covered and enclosed solarium or the open decks of one of our yachts. Cushioned seating, heat and AC, a fully stocked bar, and two well-appointed restrooms are available on each yacht.

Quiet Cruising

The Freshkills Park cruise provides a heavily narrated tour experience. We recommend it for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. Guests must keep their conversations at a reasonable level so that all can hear the narration. For guests looking for a more social experience, please consider our sunset cruises, day sails, city lights cruises, or one of our other non-narrated events. This is NOT for children under 12. For guests with children under 12 please consider our Statue & Skyline tours, day sails, or any other minimally narrated daytime event.

What is Not Included?

  • The package does not include a meal, but guests can purchase light snacks.
  • Gratuity is not included; however, if you purchased the ‘Groups of 10’ or more ticket type, a 10% gratuity is automatically applied.

Meeting Location

Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) – W. 22nd and Hudson River (Manhattan, NY)

(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


General FAQs about all our excursions.


  • Fun time had by all!
    Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a fun day out with friends, this tour is a must-do in NYC. The AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour Freshkills Park was a blast! We had a great time exploring the waterways and learning about the history of the area. The tour was informative and entertaining, with plenty of opportunities for photos and laughs. The guides were engaging and made sure everyone had a good time. Seeing NYC from the water is incredible.

    – happy customer

  • Only way to see Freshkills Park!
    Our family had an amazing time on the AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour Freshkills Park. It was a fun and educational experience for both kids and adults. The tour provided a great opportunity to learn about the environment and history of the area. The guides were fantastic with the children, keeping them engaged and entertained throughout the tour. We all enjoyed exploring Freshkills Park and seeing the city from a new perspective. This tour is a must-do for families visiting NYC.

    – happy customer

  • Thank you Classic Harbor Line for the fantastic tour.
    I love nature…I spend lots of free time heading out of town to be truly engulfed in it. The AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour Freshkills Park was a nature lover’s dream! The tour offered stunning views of the Kill Van Kull and provided an up-close look at the natural beauty of Freshkills Park. The guides were passionate about the park’s transformation and shared fascinating information about its flora and fauna. I loved learning about the park’s ecological restoration efforts and seeing the progress firsthand. This tour is a must for anyone who appreciates nature and conservation.

    – happy customer

  • Historic moments on Manhattan II
    The AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour Freshkills Park was a fascinating experience! The tour provided a unique glimpse into the industrial past of the Kill Van Kull and the transformation of Freshkills Park. The knowledgeable guides shared insightful stories and facts about the area’s history, making the tour both educational and engaging. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of New York City and its industrial heritage.

    – happy customer


Refund/Rescheduling Policy
Bookings of 1 to 9 guests have the option to reschedule or convert to a gift certificate up until 24 hours prior to departure. 10 to 16 must notify us 1 week in advance to reschedule or convert to gift certificate credit. 17 or more must notify us 2 weeks in advance to reschedule or convert to gift certificate credit. Requests for cancellation, rescheduling or conversion to gift credit must be sent by email to [email protected]. *Unique cancellation terms can be offered upon request. Please call 212-627-1825, option 4.

Other Policies
The activity takes place rain or shine but within reason. Activities runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a refund.

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