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Bear Mountain Cruise

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park and enjoy an on-board Oktoberfest. BEAR MOUNTAIN CRUISES ARE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT.

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


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. Please note that there is no Oktoberfest event at Bear Mountain this year.

Things to Know

  • Please bring a face covering. All passengers will be asked to wear a mask indoors while not eating or drinking.
  • 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.
  • Walking at Bear Mountain State Park lasts from approximately 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Pay close attention to the Captain's announcement about the departure time from the Park. You don't want to be left behind!
  • Please note: The walk begins with a steep walk up a hill that can be very difficult for some guests. Please wear appropriate foot wear suitable for a hike.
  • 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.

Cruises starting Tuesday, January 25

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.

The Amazing Beauty of the Hudson River

Latest COVID Notice: 1/13/22


Consistent with NYC regulations, all of our excursions including regular sightseeing cruises, music cruises and private charters, require passengers to present proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Children aged 5-11 must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, anybody age 12 and up must show at least two doses of vaccine (except for those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine). 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 5 are exempt; children between 5 and 17 must have proof but are not required to have a valid ID.

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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