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10 amazing fall foliage cruises you can take up the Hudson River this fall

Including brunch cruises with live music

Shaye Weaver

You don't need a car to see peak fall foliage in New York—you can take a boat! A number of NYC leaf-peeping boat cruises leave right from Manhattan and sail up the Hudson River, delivering your autumn dreams of gorgeous changing leaves. 

RECOMMENDED: Where to see fall foliage in NYC

This October, we took the  Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise , which as the name suggests, took us 50 miles north from Pier 83 to Bear Mountain and gave us three hours to hike trails and visit museums and its animal refuge before setting back down the river. It was a wonderful opportunity to escape the city sans car and train for the day and get some fresh air. Better yet, the cruise celebrates Oktoberfest with bratwurst, pork schnitzel, German potato salad, Prop & Peller Bavarian pretzels, and Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer and Warsteiner lager and a live Oompa band. It was a blast to get in party mode while anticipating our hike, seeing the beauty of the Palisades and Hudson Valley, listening to the captain point out landmarks and then relaxing on the way back home to NYC. The cruise goes on Saturdays and Sundays through October 31 and begins at $69 per person, which is really worth it.

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Here are some other fall foliage cruises you should consider this autumn:

Seastreak: NYC Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

Leaving from West 39th Street at 11:30am, this three-and-a-half-hour cruise takes you through Sandy Hook Bay, under the Verrazano Bridge, and along New York Harbor. You'll also see the shores of Hastings-on-the-Hudson, Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton Point, Haverstraw and Stony Point and get as far north as West Point. A buffet brunch is served while on deck with apple salad, tortellini salad, fingerling potato salad with haricot vert, butternut squash bisque, smoked salmon, flank steak, southwestern grilled chicken with mango salsa, and assorted pastries. This cruise is also narrated so you'll learn all about the sites you pass along the way. The cruise is offered Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. Tickets are $119 per person.

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Don’t have a full day to spend admiring the changing colors? Reserve a seat on the brunch cruise with Classic Harbor Line from Pier 62 for a shorter route, leaving just enough time for you to admire the gold, red and russet-hued leaves of the Palisades. From October 15 to November 14, these two-and-a-half-hour cruises offer the perfect trip up the Hudson:

  • Manhattan II : Grand Palisade Fall Foliage Cruise ($88-$106 per adult and $64 per child 3-14)
  • Full Moon: Fall Foliage Cruise on Full Moon from Chelsea Piers ($88-$106/adult and $64/child 3-14)
  • Kingston : Fall Foliage Cruise aboard Kingston ($88-106/adult and $64/child 3-14)
  • Adirondack : Fall Foliage Schooner Sail (3.5 hours; $88-106/adult, $64/child 5-14)

We suggest heading out on a weekend brunch cruise, which comes with a three-course prix fixe menu (includes New York bakery pastries, salmon and lox, chef’s autumn salad with roasted vegetables, oven-roasted ham and more) inside the glass observatory of the Yacht Manhattan and Manhattan II across two-and-a-half hours. It takes off on Saturdays and Sundays and tickets are $124-142 per adult and $72 per child 3-14.

The top-rated, two-hour Fall Foliage Luncheon Cruise on Fridays and Saturdays has a multi-course menu including homemade soups such as a spice roasted butternut squash soup or a cauliflower soup topped with prosciutto and Manchego cheese. A roasted pumpkin and candied walnut salad with Chef’s maple vinaigrette, and assorted tea sandwiches are also in rotation on the menu. Each booking group is seated at a private table separated by clear partitions, with the option to open sliding glass windows throughout the vessel. Tickets are $96-132 per adult and $72 per child 3-14.

Your ticket to a Classic Harbor Line trip also includes an autumnal spiked hot cocoa, as well as a well-curated selection of beer, wine, champagne, and soft drinks.

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City Cruises by Hornblower New York Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

Head out from Pier 61 on the   Bateaux New York Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise  on October 20 or on the  New York Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise Saturdays through October (October 16 and 23) for a three-hour cruise up the Hudson River with a freshly prepared buffet (jumbo shrimp cocktail starter, salad, honey sesame chicken, oven-roasted flounder, baked ziti and more), paired with seasonal cocktails, onboard entertainment with a live DJ, interactive games, a rooftop lounge and unlimited coffee and tea. Tickets for the cruise are $78.90 or $103.90 per person for a window table and $99.85 or $129.85 per person for the Bateaux cruise.

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Majestic Harbor Cruises Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

You’ve got to go across the river to Weehawken, New Jersey to board Majestic Harbor Cruises’ three-hour leaf-peeping cruise. But if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy day party, this is the option for you. A DJ will be spinning live music as you snack on a buffet lunch (featuring salad, penne rigate, baked tilapia, and chicken Francaise) while voyaging north to those picturesque cliffs at the Palisades. Wine and cocktails from the cash bar only make the views sweeter. Tickets start at $59 per adult and $29.50 per child.

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And if you really want to ball out this fall, you might want to check out even more autumnal fun like a Hudson Valley leaf peeping tour by helicopter or a trip to one of these best fall day trips .

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Hudson River Fall Foliage

Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise

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On this 8-day Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise sailing roundtrip New York City, NY, delight in the kaleidoscope of colors on this enchanting journey along the Hudson River. Witness the rich reds, bright oranges, and golden yellows that flood its shores during the vibrant autumn season.

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains on the Western shore and the Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the East, this legendary river is rich in both history and beauty. Explore intriguing ports-of-call with guided shore excursions that take you to prime foliage viewing locations, including the Vanderbilt Mansion, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Sleepy Hollow.

As you explore the region with our carefully selected local guides, you will feel the extraordinary legacy of the people, including presidents, inventors, industrialists, and artists, who shaped the history of the Valley and our country.

Return to the comfort of your small ship and bask in the beauty that surrounds you from your private balcony. Share the day’s adventures will fellow travelers during the evening cocktail hour or as you enjoy regionally inspired cuisine in the restaurant.

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Day 1: New York, NY

New York City is the perfect destination to start your cruise along the Hudson River. Referred to as the city that doesn’t sleep, New York City is home to Broadway theaters, world-famous museums, iconic department stores, and Radio City Music Hall.

After boarding your ship, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from this bustling metropolitan area to the idyllic Hudson River region.

Olana State Historic Site, Catskill, New York

Day 2: Catskill, NY

The scenic beauty of the Catskills has long been an inspiration to artists, writers, and naturalists who draw inspiration from its tranquil forests and expansive mountain landscapes. Explore the Hudson River School Art Trail, which includes the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill village, and sites like Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock, which inspired 19th-century landscape painters.

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Day 3: Albany, NY

The city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today, the capital city of New York welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800s.

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Day 4: Kingston, NY/Hyde Park, NY

When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as “Millionaires Row,” replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen as a summer retreat.

Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is the site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his home, Springwood Estate, which is designated as a National Historic Site.

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Day 5: West Point, NY

The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation’s greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.

Sleepy Hollow, Hudson River Valley, New York

Day 6: Sleepy Hollow, NY

The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country’s first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving’s country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.

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Day 7: New York, NY

As we approach New York City, admire its famous skyline with buildings that disappear into the clouds. Once you have docked in Manhattan, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. American Cruise Lines has a variety of shore excursions to suite your preferences, from freestyle exploration to guided excursions.

Statue of Liberty

Day 8: New York, NY

End your journey, where it began in the vibrant city of Manhattan. Reflect upon your wonderful adventure as you begin your travels home. Or, stay an extra day or two to explore more.

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Without a doubt, one of the best parts about living in the Hudson Valley is the fall foliage that sets the region aglow every autumn. In what feels like the blink of an eye, the verdant landscape of summer transforms into a rainbow of yellows, oranges, and reds that line winding country roads and converge into a natural kaleidoscope when viewed from atop one of the hikeable hills in the region.

Because fall foliage season is a highly beautiful and all too brief period for the Hudson Valley, there’s no time like the present to hop in the car, throw on your sunglasses, and cruise to these local hotspots for some of the finest leaf peeping the region has to offer.

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High Falls Conservation Area is one of the most beloved outdoor escapes in Columbia County—and for good reason. With a rich cultural history (it was a hub for hydropower in the 19th century) and a network of trails that run along ravines and toward overlooks, the setting tempts with prime leaf-peeping opportunities. The trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate, which means visits are relatively low effort, high reward for anyone who wants to snap all the fall foliage photos.

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The journey begins at Rockaway’s Riis Landing, heading to Coney Island around Nortons Point to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into New York Harbor, up the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge area. On the way home we will pass the Statue of Liberty.

Brunch menu consists of: bagels, croissants, cakes, muffins, danish, assorted cream cheeses, butter, jelly, gourmet sandwiches, potato, macaroni, cole slaw and fruit salads, pickle and olive platters, coffee, tea, and juice. Soft drink served during lunch.

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Enjoy the changing colors on this fantastic Fall Foliage cruise, roundtrip from the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ – New York City! The Hudson River will be your guide, cruising North along the landscape of New York. Through the Catskill Mountains, you’ll dock in some of the oldest towns in America, while the world is framed by glorious reds, oranges and yellows! The Hudson River Valley is well known for its Autumn colors for good reason. Immerse yourself in the history of this scenic region – from the American Revolution, presidential mansions, and historic artists, to the Legends of Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown – Autumn is an amazing time to visit the Hudson River.

Ports of call: Albany, Kingston, West Point, Sleepy Hollow, New York City

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1 Embark in New York City, NY Enjoy a delightful day of cruising along the Hudson River to West Point.

2 Catskill, NY Steeped in history and tradition, the United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the grandiose grounds once trekked by some of the nation’s greatest generals, like Patton, Eisenhower and MacArthur. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America since Revolutionary days. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel and view magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.

3 Albany, NY The picturesque region of what is today the city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find a quick passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today the capital city of New York state welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800’s.

4 Kingston, NY/Hyde Park, NY With the invention of the steamboat in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel with literally hundreds of vessels making their way up and down the picturesque passage. Originally the capital of New York in the late 1700’s, today Kingston preserves the maritime heritage of the Hudson River at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as “Millionaires Row” – with palatial estates and grand mansions reminiscent of the mid-1800’s when wealthy New York businessmen began buying property in the beautiful valley for summer retreats.

5 West Point, NY The US Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals.

6 Sleepy Hollow, NY The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country’s first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the tales and scenery of the Hudson Valley as the basis for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” Today Washington Irving’s country home, Sunnyside, is a Registered National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with legends and lore.

7 New York City, NY Discover the sights, sounds and history of this extraordinary city! From South Street Seaport to Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, New York encapsulates the culture and spirit of America. Explore the Big Apple on your own, or join a narrated tour of the city’s biggest landmarks.

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The 5 Absolute Best Fall Foliage Cruises in New York City 2024

The 5 Absolute Best Fall Foliage Cruises in New York City 2024

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in nyc on a cruise.

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What could be more beautiful than marveling at the colorful autumn leaves on board a historic ship? That’s exactly what you can do on these fall foliage tours, which are among the most popular boat tours in autumn.

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This year there are several different tours to choose from. What they all have in common is the destination: the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is located north of Manhattan, and on the way there on the Hudson River, you’ll pass through the famous George Washington Bridge and be able to enjoy the view of the impressive rock formations called Palisades.

But which fall foliage tour is the best? You can find out here in 👉 my comparison . And below you’ll find 👉 all the details about the fall foliage cruises.

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As with all boat tours for special events like the Dinner Cruises , Brunch Cruises and Lunch Cruises  or Jazz Cruises tickets are very popular and often book up quickly. Therefore: if there are still tickets available, you should book quickly!

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The Best Fall Foliage Cruises in NYC

Here are the best fall foliage boat tours along the Hudson River:

Which Fall Foliage Cruise in New York is the Best?

Personally, I have two favorites: Number 1 is the Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour because it is on board the beautiful yacht “Manhattan”. My 2nd recommendation is the yacht tour .

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Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

On this tour you are on board the Manhattan, a beautiful boat in the style of the yachts of the 1920s. Lots of wood and glass await you and you can either enjoy the view of the colorful autumn leaves in the heated salon or go out on the outside deck.

The cruise starts at Chelsea Piers, not far from Hudson Yards. Afterwards, you can relax and cruise north along the Hudson River. On the way you can enjoy the view of the New York skyline and the ride under the George Washington Bridge.

On your left and right you will see the forested banks of the Hudson River.You will be surprised how many colorful autumn leaves you will see.  And the best part? The price of the 2.25-hour cruise even includes a free drink!

Hudson River Fall Foliage Afternoon Sail

Hudson River Fall Foliage Afternoon Sail

If you’re looking for a relaxing boat tour where you can experience fall in New York in a very special way, check out this 3.5-hour sailing tour.

You’ll be aboard the Schooner Adirondack or Schooner America 2.0, which depart from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers. It’s a leisurely sail from here toward the George Washington Bridge and the famous “Palisades” rock formations. Your destination? The Hudson Valley! 

On this autumnal sailing cruise you can enjoy the beautiful fall colors and just have a good time on board. I love sailing tours because it feels like a vacation on vacation to me. And in the fall, this one is one of my absolute favorites!

Classic Harbor Line: Afternoon Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

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Come aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II and experience this fall cruise on a 1920s-style boat. The tour departs from Chelsea Piers and then heads north on the Hudson River. Sights include the Hudson River Valley, Palisades Park and the George Washington Bridge. 

The price includes a delicious menu consisting of soup, salad, sandwich and fall-themed cookies, as well as a complimentary beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Other drinks are available for purchase at the bar.

Hudson River Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

Hudson River Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

The Hudson River Fall Foliage Yacht Tour is very similar to the Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Yacht Tour. The only difference is that you will travel on the elegant yacht “Kingston” and the tour lasts 2.5h. 

The Kingston is another ship of the fleet, built in the style of the yachts of the 1920s. Therefore, you can expect a very special atmosphere on board, which cannot be compared with the sightseeing cruises. That’s why these fall foliage cruises are so popular around autumn. 

You start your tour at the Chelsea Piers and then sail along the Hudson River. On the way you will pass the George Washington Bridge, look at the Upper West Side of NYC and then reach the cliffs of Palisades Park.

By the way: only on weekends in the fall the Kingston leaves for the Hudson Valley. If you are in NYC during the week and want to take a boat tour where you can enjoy the colorful fall foliage, just check out the other tours on my best list!

New York City Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

The New York City Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise is one of the best boat tours you can take in New York in the fall. You’ll see an incredible amount of nature as you make your way up the Hudson River – that was something that really surprised me personally. On top of that, this Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise takes place on a very beautiful 1920’s style ship. The atmosphere is really great!

The ship takes you from Pier 62 towards Palisades Park and the George Washington Bridge. You will pass the last part of Manhattan on your right with the Upper West Side and Harlem and go under the impressive George Washington Bridge, the only bridge that connects the state of New Jersey with the state of New York. And on your left you will be able to admire Palisades Park in New Jersey. 

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When is the best time to see the colorful autumn leaves in the Hudson Valley NYC?

From mid/late October to early/mid November the colors in the Hudson Valley are most impressive. Only for this short period you can book these special boat tours. Since the cruises are very popular you should book your tickets as soon as possible because they sell out fast!

Which Fall Foliage cruise in NYC is the cheapest?

The cheapest fall foliage cruise in New York City start at around $108.

Where do the Fall Foliage cruises depart from in New York?

The departure point depends on the operators. But most of the fall foliage cruises depart from Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River at Pier 61/62.

Is there a dress code?

No – usually there is no dress code for the cruises. Some special cruises might have a dress code but the operator would inform you about this before departure.

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Classic Harbor Line’s Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Cruises October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10:15AM

Take in the colorful fall views of the Upper West Side and the Hudson River Valley as you cruise in style aboard the elegant 1920s-style yachts, the Manhattan and the Kingston. The 2.75-hour journey up the Hudson, in partnership with Hasselblad Swiss camera company, is joined by a professional photographer who’ll offer photo tips and provide guests with high-quality photos posted online for easy downloading post-cruise. Tickets from $72. 62 Chelsea Piers, W. 22nd St., 888.215.1739

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