Kick off the fall season with a cruise on the Hudson River. Circle Line is celebrating the return of its annual Bear Mountain Cruise. Soak up the sights of the fall season during this Oktoberfest experience, featuring German specialties, Oktoberfest beers, live music, and unbeatable fall foliage views.
“We are extremely excited to announce the return of our Bear Mountain Cruises and invite passengers to experience New York from the water as the leaves begin to change color and the fall season begins,” said Craig Kanarick, CEO of New York Cruise Lines. “This is one of our most anticipated cruises of the year, offering hours of breathtaking views of New York’s stunning colorful foliage and a fun day trip from the city.”
The 50-mile cruise up the Hudson River takes you to Bear Mountain State Park. During the 8-hour drive, you’ll get stunning views of landmarks like 800-foot (250 m) Hook Mountain, the Hudson River Palisades, the Cloisters, the George Washington Bridge, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, and more.
Celebratory foods include Schnitzel and Bratwurst Festplatte, a Prop & Peller Uber Pretzel, and a quarter-pound hot dog with sauerkraut. It will also offer a wide range of hot and cold beverages, including autumn favorites such as Samuel Adams Oktoberfest and German favorites such as Warsteiner Premium German Pilsner.
Onboard, you’ll have access to a huge outdoor deck area, indoor heated/air-conditioned seating, and large windows with 360-degree views perfect for sightseeing.
The round trip takes place every weekend from September 17th to November 13th. Boarding is at 8:30am and return around 5:00pm
Bear Mountain State Park
There’s plenty to do when you arrive at Bear Mountain State Park. The 5,205-acre park is located on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange counties.
You’ll have a few hours to explore the trailside museums, visit a local zoo, enjoy Bear Mountain Lake, and hike many trails. The carousel features hand-painted scenes of the park and 42 hand-carved seats featuring native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. You will also discover Bear Mountain’s natural landmarks with the vibrant colors of the newly turned fall leaves.
About the circle line
Since opening in 1945, Circle Line has carried over 80 million passengers on its cruises. It’s the only cruise line in New York Harbor dedicated solely to sightseeing, with boats specially designed to allow you to see as much as possible, whatever the weather. It operates seven ships in New York Harbor.
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