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Bear Mountain Cruise

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park and enjoy an on-board Oktoberfest!

  • German-themed food
  • Beer
  • Live Music
  • Hiking

Cruises starting Saturday, September 18

A Leaf Peepin', Relaxin' Day

Take a fifty-mile cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park while enjoying autumnal sights and Oktoberfest-themed experience, including German food specials, Oktoberfest beers (available for purchase) and a German Polka band.

Our huge, outdoor decks are perfect for getting some fall sun, fresh air and 360-degree views.

Cruise under two of the most impressive bridges in New York State, the mighty George Washington Bridge and the modern Mario Cuomo Bridge, aka Tappan Zee Bridge. You'll pass Hook Mountain, which rises to nearly 800 feet straight up from the Hudson River with sheer cliffs, covered in bright autumn foliage, surrounded by ravens, hawks, ospreys and the occasional Bald Eagle before arriving at Bear Mountain. Once you're there you'll be able to get out, hike around for two hours, enjoying the Bear Mountain lake and many trails.

Things to Know

  • THIS IS A VACCINATED-ONLY CRUISE. Prior to boarding all guests must show proof (Excelsior app, NYC-issued app, or a vaccination record card) that they have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Please bring a face covering. All passengers will be asked to wear a mask indoors while not eating or drinking.
  • This cruise sails Saturdays and Sundays from September 18 to October 31st.
  • Boarding is at 8:30 AM for a 9:00 AM departure; the boat returns at approximately 5:00 PM, depending on tides and weather conditions.
  • Light narration of sights and highlights from a Circle Line guide included in all trips.
  • Onboard food and beverage options include bratwurst, pork schnitzel, sandwiches, pizza, nachos, salads and snacks plus a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine and cocktails. No outside food or beverage allowed.
  • Onboard amenities including outdoor deck space, heated/air conditioned indoor seating with large windows made for sightseeing, and restrooms.
  • If we have to cancel a cruise due to foul weather, we'll provide you with a refund or the opportunity to re-book for another date.

What You'll See

Bear Mountain Cruise Route

Departing Pier 83, you'll pass under the George Washington Bridge, marvel at the majestic Palisades and the modern Cuomo Bridge, continuing up the Hudson to Bear Mt

Mario Cuomo Bridge

Mario Cuomo Bridge

This dual-span twin bridge was completed in 2018 at a cost of nearly $4 billion connecting Westchester and Rockland counties.

Hudson River Palisades

Hudson River Palisades

The Palisades are a line of steep cliffs rising up from the Hudson River to about 540 feet.



This museum is in Fort Tyron Park in northern Manhattan. Pieces were brought over from Europe and it was completed in 1939 .

GW Bridge

GW Bridge

The world’s busiest suspension bridge spans the Hudson River and carries over 103 million vehicles per year.

Latest COVID Notice


Consistent with NYC regulations, all of our excursions including regular sightseeing cruises, special cruises such as Bear Mountain, music cruises and private charters, require passengers to present proof of vaccine prior to boarding. The proof may be a vaccine card, a picture of your valid card, the NYC COVID Safe App, the Excelsior Pass app or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S. but all proof must be accompanied by a valid ID. There are no exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Children under 12 are exempt; children between 12 and 18 must have proof but are not required to have a valid ID.

The new regulation also makes clear that a negative COVID test (PCR, rapid) cannot be used as substitute for proof of vaccination.

Finally, when passengers are inside the cabin and not eating or drinking, they must wear masks.

If you have any concerns or would like a refund, please email


Our Convenient Location

It's easy to find us wherever your travels take you in New York City. Our cruises currently depart from midtown, close to Times Square. Welcome aboard!

Pier 83, West 42nd StreetMap - Midtown 150
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