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NYC by ferry: Easy trips that won’t disappoint

Ferries around New York City provide a perfect opportunity for adventure and still have you back in the comfort of home by dinner.

And with the launch of NYC Ferry, the chances to get out on the water and see some new sights have only grown.

Ditch the subway and enjoy a ferry ride to these fun locations.

Clason Point Park and Soundview Park

Go for a bike ride along the south
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Go for a bike ride along the south shore of the Bronx and you could find the "Gateway to the Bronx River." NYC Ferry's Soundview route docks at Clason Point Park, which provides direct access to the scenic views of Shore Haven Bike Path. If you keep pedaling on Bronx River Avenue, you'll arrive at Soundview Park. This so-called gateway is a 205-acre greenspace, complete with sports fields, fishing and spectacular views. Food trucks are known to roam the outskirts of the park and there are many water features and playgrounds for children to enjoy. For tickets, schedules and more, head to Ferry.NYC.

Whale watching off the Rockaways

Enjoy the suspense and thrill of whale watching
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Enjoy the suspense and thrill of whale watching with American Princess Cruises' seasonal whale- and dolphin-spotting excursions in the Atlantic Ocean off Rockaway, Queens. You could spot a humpback whale, bottlenose dolphins and more on one of the four-hour cruises that depart from Riis Landing in Breezy Point. For tickets, schedules and more, head to americanprincesscruises.com.

Governors Island

Located in the center of New York Harbor,
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Located in the center of New York Harbor, Governors Island is a quick and easy escape from the stresses of city life. There's a little something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy a leisurely bike ride, grab a drink or bite to eat with a gorgeous view, go rock climbing at Adventures at Governors or bring your own picnic. Governors Island also hosts events throughout the summer, like the Jazz Age Lawn Party, The New York City Poetry Festival and the Rite of Summer Festival. For more information on ferry schedules, head to govisland.com/info/ferry.

Rockaway Beach

Yes, you can take the subway to Rockaway
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Yes, you can take the subway to Rockaway Beach. But why spend time stuck underground in a hot, smelly train when you can catch the NYC Ferry and enjoy the wind in your hair and the smell of the sea on your journey instead? Soak up the sun on the beach, take a stroll along the boardwalk and then head to one of Rockaway Beach's many eateries, including Tacoway Beach, Bungalow Bar or Lobster Joint. For tickets, schedules and more, head to ferry.nyc.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

From sports fields to water activities, expansive green
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From sports fields to water activities, expansive green spaces and a beach, it's safe to say that Brooklyn Bridge Park offers plenty to keep you entertained for the day. Aside from the park's day-to-day offerings, it also hosts a ton of special events throughout the spring and summer, including its Movies with a View series and the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital series. For tickets, schedules and more, head to ferry.nyc.

Sandy Hook, New Jersey

New York City isn't lacking for beaches, but
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New York City isn't lacking for beaches, but to break up the usual routine take the Seastreak to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. After a 45-minute boat ride from midtown, and a free shuttle to one of several beaches, you'll be stretching out on the Jersey Shore. Bring cash for the food trucks, a bike for loops around Fort Hancock and enjoy the ferry's cash bar on the way back to Manhattan. For tickets, schedules and more, head to seastreak.com.

Roosevelt Island

Go for a stroll along the East River.
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Go for a stroll along the East River. Get a history lesson at the Smallpox Hospital and at Blackwell House. Take that perfect Instagram photo in front of a lighthouse. Soak in the views offered when you look both east and west. It's all possible (and more) on Roosevelt Island. Sure, you could take the subway or the famous Roosevelt Island Tram, but NYC Ferry also offers direct access from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens via its Astoria route. For tickets, schedules and more, head to Ferry.NYC.

East River State Park and Smorgasburg

If you love food, then you'll want to
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If you love food, then you'll want to hop on NYC Ferry's East River route to the North Williamsburg stop. Adjacent to the ferry terminal is the East River State Park, home to Smorgasburg, one of the city's premiere summer food markets. More than 100 vendors set up shop in the park every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Even if you're not a total foodie, East River State Park has plenty of space to sprawl out and relax for the day with Manhattan as your backdrop. For tickets, schedules and more, head to ferry.nyc.

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