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Bear Mountain Cruise

Cruisin’, leaf peepin’, wurst eatin’, polka dancin’, mountain hikin’ fun. Cruise dates from Sept 22 through Nov 12!

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

Cruises starting Saturday, May 25

Lederhosen and leaf peepin’ up the Hudson

Take a 2.5-hour cruise up the Hudson enjoying the autumnal sights and our Onboard Oktoberfest with German food and beer specials (available for purchase) plus some good ol’ oom-pah music up to Bear Mountain State Park. You’ll hop off the boat there, where for 3 hours, you can enjoy the park’s 50+ hiking and biking trails, paddle around the lake, visit the Bear Mountain Zoo, brunch at The Bear Mountain Inn (reservations recommended!) and take in the general splendor of nature and fall weather.

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 aficionado 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! Sample menu includes:

  • German Feast Plate with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad
  • Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels
  • Traditional pork schnitzel
  • All Circle Line’s classic concessions items (hot dogs, chips, candy, etc.)
  • Draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers

Things To Know

  • Oktoberfest Cruise runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 22nd to November 11th, and on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th
  • *Boarding at 8:30 AM and departing at 9 AM; 2.5 hour (approximately) cruise up and down the Hudson River, with 3 hours to spend at Bear Mountain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Onboard amenities including outdoor deck space, heated/air conditioned indoor seating with large windows made for sightseeing, and restrooms.
  • *Please note: the Circle Line drop off area is about 4.6 miles from the Anythony Wayne recreational area where Bear Mountain's Oktoberfest is held. Please prepare for a ~15 minute cab ride there and back. 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.

Uparalleled 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. (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.