Family Vacations: Circle Line Tours

Since 1945, Circle Line Tours has floated tourists past the sights of New York City.
Since 1945, Circle Line Tours has floated tourists past the sights of New York City.
Photo courtesy Brandon King.

When New York's concrete jungle and nonstop hustle and bustle begin to wear your children down, plan an exhilarating Circle Line Tour. You'll get a well-deserved break from the action and relax in the fresh air while you view Manhattan's famous skyline from the water.

There are several tours available: Children with short attention spans will prefer the 75-minute tour, which takes you around the lower half of Manhattan Island and offers excellent views of the Statue of Liberty. A narrator provides plenty of historical information about Manhattan and identifies the buildings you pass.


The three-hour sightseeing cruise takes you around the entire 35 miles of the island. It passes many famous New York City landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the George Washington Bridge. Additional cruises of varying lengths cover other attractions in the city, and the sunset tour offers a nighttime perspective of New York City's skyline. Older kids will want to ride the Beast, a giant speedboat that takes passengers on an exciting 30-minute ride through New York Harbor.

Circle Line Tours Information

Address: 89 South St., New York, NY

Telepone: 866/9CLINE1 (866/925-4631)

Hours of Operation: Hours Vary

Admission: Varies by Cruise

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • New York City Guide: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit the Capital of the World.
  • New York State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in New York, as well as other recreational activities.


Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.