Summer Fun

The Hudson Valley’s Coolest Cruises

Hop aboard a river cruise to experience the Valley from a truly unique perspective


Empire State Cruise Line’s Mystère

Who wants to remain indoors when the Hudson River beckons? Hop aboard a river cruise to marvel at the region’s historic sites and natural beauty. Most vessels have snack bars; some features bands or DJs; and all can be rented for special occasions.

Ed. note: After this story went to press, Empire State Cruise Lines announced it would not be setting sail this summer. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Empire State Cruise Lines Poughkeepsie
From May through October, the 60-foot, double-decker M/V Mystere departs from Waryas Park for regularly scheduled sightseeing cruises on both weekdays and weekends. The line also offers Sunset Wine and dinner cruises, as well as special-event outings on July Fourth, during the Dutchess County Balloon Festival, and around Halloween. 845-478-6396;

Hudson Cruises Hudson
Setting sail from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, the 100-foot yacht Marika or the double-decker Spirit on the Hudson both offer sightseeing and various specialty cruises (including a Mother’s Day cruise on May 8). Ferry service between Hudson and Athens is also available; beginning on July 9, a pontoon boat takes visitors to the 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. 518-822-1014;

Hudson River Adventures Newburgh
Two-hour narrated sightseeing cruises aboard the Pride of the Hudson glide past Bannerman Castle, West Point, Storm King Mountain, and other Valley landmarks. Sunset cruises, with music and specialty cocktails, are offered on selected Saturdays; Mother’s Day Brunch, Happy Hour, and Fireworks cruises are also available. 845-220-2120;

Hudson River Cruises Kingston
The Rip Van Winkle offers a boatload of cruise choices including sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, DJ and live music dance parties, and special outings on holidays and for kids. The boat departs from Kingston’s Rondout waterfront and offers views of the Mills and Wilderstein mansions, and the Esopus Meadow and Rondout lighthouses. 845-340-4700;

River Rose Tours and Cruises Newburgh
Want an old-fashioned cruise experience? Hop aboard the River Rose, a 100-foot Mississippi paddle wheeler that served as a New Orleans casino boat prior to arriving in Newburgh. The two-hour sightseeing cruise heads south from Newburgh, taking in the sights around Cold Spring, World’s End, and West Point. Sunday Brunch, Dinner, and Dance Party cruises are also on the calendar. 845-562-1067;

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