Staten Island Ferry
Though used by many as a form of public transportation, the Staten Island Ferry is still one of the best ways to view the lower Manhattan skyline. Ferries run every half hour and are free of charge.
Walking this historic landmark can provide a breathtaking view of both the Brooklyn and New York City skylines in addition to views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visitors can walk their way across the bridge starting down by City Hall at the bottom of Manhattan.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
The Promenade is a riverfront park starting at the Brooklyn Bridge and ending in Brooklyn Heights. The Promenade provides unobstructed views of lower Manhattan, the East Side and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Manhattan Kayak Company (MKC)
MKC runs recreational kayak tours on the Hudson River during warmer weather. MKC offers full kayak instruction for those interested, but also offers shorter, basic tours for a unique view of the skyline from right on top of the water.
Circle Line Boat Tours
Tours run two or three hours, depending on the route you choose, but both provide skyline views of Manhattan from the water. Tours at dusk run only seasonally during warmer weather. Ticket prices range from $18 to $34.
Article Written By Jullie Chung
Jullie Chung writes regularly for various websites. She is a nationally certified fitness trainer and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and trains regularly in yoga, flatwater kayaking, boxing and mixed martial arts. An avid outdoor fan, she regularly hikes, climbs and trail runs.