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Urban Naturalist Tour: Abandoned Islands of the East River at Sunset
Duration: 3 hrs
Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 (W. 22nd St.) New York, NY 10011
Cost: $124 Adult, $86 Student

Key Points on this NYC Urban Naturalist sightseeing tour

  • $124 Adult | $86 Child
  • A 3-hour cruise during sunset in NYC
  • Offered aboard the yacht Manhattan II or Manhattan
  • Hosted by renowned Urban Naturalist, Gabriel Willow
  • Limited engagement June, July, August.
  • Rich Narration on our local wildlife and history along the east River, along with North and South Brother Island
  • One complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink is offered. Additional beverages and ‘small plates’ are available for purchase from the bar menu.
  • On this eco tour in NYC indoor climate-controlled assigned seating and outdoor seating available
  • Seating is assigned at elegant tables with large openable viewing windows.
Join us aboard our cozy, elegant, 1920s-style yachts, Manhattan or Manhattan II, as we travel past abandoned islands rich with history and modern day wildlife on this NYC eco tour! Embark on a journey of discovery as we navigate the scenic New York Harbor waterways from Chelsea Piers to the hidden gems of Belmont Island, Roosevelt Island, Mill Rock, and North and South Brother Islands. This NYC eco tour is a captivating 3-hour cruise through the heart of our city, where history and nature converge in breathtaking harmony. Perfect for bird enthusiasts, this unique New York eco-friendly boat tour is available during the summer months!

Highlights on this Urban Naturalist Tour


  • Departs from Chelsea Piers heading south, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River to the historic North and South Brother Islands!
  • Grand views of the NYC Skyline lit up at night along the East River and Hudson River upon our return!
  • See the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and Roosevelt Island.
  • Pass by the United Nations Building as well as Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park.
  • Get peek-a-boo views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, The Copper, and parts of Brooklyn and Queens as we cruise up the East River.

What is Not Included?

Not Included

  • Gratuity is not included unless you buy the ‘Groups of 10 or more’ ticket type, a 10% gratuity is automatically included, but if you purchase 10 or more individual tickets separately, you will be contacted to pay a 10% Group Gratuity in advance.
  • Peak fall foliage is not a guarantee. We have seen fall colors peak as early as mid-October and as late as early December along the waterfront in the Palisades of New Jersey (the prime destination of our fall foliage excursions). We will not honor refunds for items that lack color. Cruising on the Hudson River, north by the Palisades, is a unique and interesting route and is the declared value of this excursion.
  • Food is not part of the inclusion. We encourage you to bring your own picnic!

Are you a Group of 17 or more?

Call us directly at 212-627-1825

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.


  • Romantically cruising on the Hudson
    My partner and I had the most romantic date on the Grand Palisade Fall Foliage Cruise! We both studied environmental sciences in college and love to learn more about the nature around us. The views of the Hudson River and the fall foliage were absolutely stunning. The Urban Naturalist’s commentary added an educational and fascinating element to the experience. We loved every minute of it and would highly recommend this cruise for couples looking for a unique and memorable date idea.

    – happy customer

  • Classic Harbor Line has the best nature tour
    As a nature enthusiast, I was blown away by the Grand Palisade Fall Foliage Cruise! The views of the Hudson River and the fall foliage were absolutely breathtaking. The Urban Naturalist’s commentary was informative and engaging, and I learned so much about the local ecosystem. I loved being able to observe New York’s natural wonders from the comfort of the boat’s observatory. This cruise is a must-do for anyone who loves nature and wants to experience the beauty of fall in New York.

    – happy customer

  • Wonderful Urban Naturalist Cruise
    My husband and I, both in our golden years, had a wonderful time on the Grand Palisade Fall Foliage Cruise. The boat’s heated cabin was comfortable and provided stunning views of the Hudson River and the fall foliage. The Urban Naturalist’s commentary was informative and added to our appreciation of the area. We would highly recommend this cruise to other seniors looking for a relaxing and scenic experience.

    – happy customer

  • Beautiful NY Cruise for autumn
    Our family had an amazing time on the Grand Palisade Fall Foliage Cruise! The kids were fascinated by the Urban Naturalist’s commentary and loved learning about the geology and ecology of the Hudson River. The views of the fall foliage were spectacular, and we all enjoyed spending time together on the boat. This cruise is perfect for families looking to enjoy nature and learn together. We can’t wait to come back next year!

    – 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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