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Bear Mountain Cruise

Welcome autumn with a cruise to Bear Mountain State Park, including an onboard Oktoberfest with beer specials, German food and, of course, fall foliage!

  • Adults: From $65
  • Children 3-12: From $52
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Hot dog
  • Live music

Cruises starting Saturday, October 19

Lederhosen and leaf peepin’ up the Hudson

Take a cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State park, while enjoying the autumnal sights and our onboard Oktoberfest with live oom-pah music, and German food and beer (available for purchase).

Bear Mountain State Park features 50+ hiking and biking trails, a stunning lake with paddle boats, a zoo, museum and The Bear Mountain Inn restaurant (reservations recommended!). There's a 30 minute walk up a winding path to access these facilities.

Whether you’re a family looking for an awesome autumn adventure at Bear Mountain, a group of friends getting your Oktoberfest on, or a fall-foliage lover looking to do some serious leaf peeping, our Bear Mountain cruises are the perfect pick!

Board our boat and step into Munich, as you snack and sip on German eats and brews! Menu includes:

  • Schaller & Weber bratwurst with sauerkraut and German potato salad
  • Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels
  • Traditional pork schnitzel
  • Draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers

Things To Know

  • Oktoberfest Cruise runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 21st to November 10th, and on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14th
  • Boarding at 8:30 AM and departing at 9 AM; returning between 5 and 6 PM, depending on tides and weather conditions.
  • Live German Oom-pah & Polka bands playing on every cruise.
  • Light narration of sights and highlights from a Circle Line guide included in all trips.
  • Top rated on TripAdvisor
  • Onboard Oktoberfest menu + café with a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks + full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine and cocktails. No outside food or beverage allowed.
  • Picnic lunches available and can be ordered up until 3PM the Wednesday prior to your cruise (view menu here Oktoberfest Boxed Lunch Menu). Call 212-563-3200 to place your order.
  • Onboard amenities including outdoor deck space, heated/air conditioned indoor seating with large windows made for sightseeing, and restrooms.
  • Please note: there is a steep hill leading from the dock at Bear Mountain to the main park area. Please be aware this hill may be difficult for some people to climb, including those with difficulty walking or in wheelchairs.
  • Please note: the Circle Line drop off area is about 4.6 miles from the Anthony Wayne recreational area where Bear Mountain's Oktoberfest is held. Please prepare for a ~15 minute cab ride there and back and allow at least 30 minutes to get back to the boat. Circle Line is not responsible for any transportation to and from Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. The boat departs promptly from Bear Mountain at the Captain's noted time.

Onboard Amenities

Our state-of-the-art boats come equipped with almost everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable cruise.

Unparalleled Views Pick a seat on the outdoor deck or enjoy the view from the huge panoramic windows in our heated/air conditioned indoor cabins.

Onboard Café Freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks available to purchase. (Sorry - no outside food or drink permitted)

Refreshing Drinks Enjoy a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine and cocktails. (Sorry - no outside food or drink permitted)

Free WiFi No need to wait to upload your favorite photos and selfies!

Language Translation The Circle Line Skyline Navigator companion app translates our legendary cruise content into seven languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Upgrade to Premier

For an even more luxurious experience upgrade to Premier during check-out and enjoy early boarding and premium cushioned seating.

The exact experience varies slightly by cruise / boat, but always includes line skipping privileges, reserved seating area for the best viewing and either dedicated wait staff or a private bar!

When available, you can select Premier Tickets during checkout.

Premier seating on certain cruises is on the upper deck. Guests unable to climb stairs will not be able to take advantage of these seating options.

Plan Your Visit

Get ready, Get set, Get Directions to Pier 83

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Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early!Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty while you wait.Boarding! Select your perfect seat, inside or out.Grab some refreshments from our snack bar and relax.