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Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise

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This excursion provised passengers a first hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle. From a starting location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, the cruise provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline.

As you relax on the cool shaded deck of the Rip Van Winkle, visit our beverage & snack bars for tasty refreshments. Your experienced guide will point out millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque Hudson river lighthouses and quaint sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.
  • Cruise to Hyde Park from Kingston during this Hudson River sightseeing cruise 
  • Choose to sit in an enclosed deck or in a partially covered deck
  • Listen as a guide points out landmarks and tells you info about the area
  • Restrooms are on board for your convenience 
What to Expect
Your Hudson River sightseeing cruise takes off from Kingston. Board your boat, and get ready to see the sights of New York from the water. Choose from two seating options aboard the boat, including chairs in an enclosed deck or bench-type seating in the partially covered deck. No matter where you sit, you’re sure to catch awesome views of luxurious estates, vineyards, and historic lighthouses. If you’d like, you can choose to purchase snacks, light meals, or drinks from the onboard bar (own expense). There are also restrooms that are easy to access when you need to use them. Your cruise travels to Hyde Park and back. This Hudson River cruise ends back at the original departure point in Kingston.
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Departure Point
Kingston, NY 12401, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase; cash only)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • The boat has a lower enclosed deck, and the upper deck is partially covered, providing shade; the lower deck does not have heat or air-conditioning, but on warmer days, the windows are opened for comfort
  • A fully stocked bar with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a snack bar with light fare such as burgers, hot dogs, and wraps is available on the lower main deck (own expense); credit cards are not accepted on board the boat, but there is an ATM next to the snack bar for your convenience
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed on board the boat
  • There is plenty of seating on the boat, both inside and on the upper deck, which consists mainly of bench-style seating; the main lower deck has chairs; seating is on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sit in a particular area of the boat
  • If you or someone in your group is in a wheelchair or has limited mobility, contact the tour operator to discuss accessibility
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the cruise on a slightly overcast afternoon but it was warm enough to sit outside. The cruise lasts two hours. The box office staff was helpful in finding out if I could take my scooter on board. It was low tide so I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank jwgmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made our reservations online and received an E-mail the day before our trip as a reminder. We found a place to park feet from the entrance to the boat. The boarding was done in a timely manor. The Rip Van Winkle has several levels...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Robert C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Drove up to Kingston to take this cruise on the Hudson. It was so enjoyable. The weather was perfect and the trip so enjoyable. Would do it again.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Pam K
Reviewed 8 August 2019

A two-hour cruise out of Kingston NY that was a fun and interesting way to spend a couple of pleasant hours. We went south on the river as far as the Vanderbilt mansion and saw many interesting landmarks along the way. The day we were...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Janet G
Reviewed 21 July 2019 via mobile

Nice boat ride, not much else. The boat runs down the middle of the river putting you too far away to see much of anything.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Florida123321xyz
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John S
27 July 2018|
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45 easy, not sure of the cost.
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