There are many ways to beat the heat when summer sizzles in New York City, but none as exhilarating as a cool breeze on the water and the sight of the world’s most spectacular skyline on every ride with New York Cruise Lines, the parent company of Circle Line, New York Water Taxi and North River Lobster Company

Circle Line 

The world-famous New York City Fourth of July Fireworks show comes once a year, and there’s no better view than from a Circle Line cruise. Get the best seats in town for the fireworks and other New York City sights and landmarks, plus a boatload of on-board amenities to enjoy throughout the evening. The three-hour cruise includes stunning views of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. Tickets on sale now at circleline.com; standard tickets for adults from $229, including snacks, beer and wine, a DJ spinning hits, and air-conditioned indoor seating through the evening. Premier tickets for adults from $279 offers full bar, buffet, DJ and more.  

Groove to the rhythm of the sea with live bands on select dates this summer with Rockin’ the River Music and DJ cruises from Circle Line. Sip a drink, check out the NYC skyline, and rock out to the sounds of DJ Boris on May 4, ZoSo “The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” on June 27, Wanted DOA – America’s Truly Authentic Bon Jovi Tribute on July 26, Classic Stones Live: The Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute in the World  on August 29, and many more. Tickets on sale now at circleline.com. Tickets starting at $35 for general admission; $65 for premier with access to VIP viewing area, two free cocktails and more.

New York Water Taxi

Enjoy food, fun, and a show to celebrate America’s birthday onboard New York Water Taxi’s Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise. Declare independence from crowds on July 4th with front row seats to the world’s most spectacular fireworks display lighting up the New York skyline, with an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty plus a lip-smacking station buffet of hors d’oeuvres and entrees, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks to quench your thirst through the night. Tickets on sale now at nywatertaxi.com; adults from $229, including food and beverages. 

Experience the best of New York with hop-on, hop-off sightseeing on New York Water Taxi. Guests can cruise all day from four convenient stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn; exploring each destination at their own pace with the All-Day Access Pass. On board they will enjoy breathtaking views of New York City skyline and photo opportunities at iconic destinations in the city. Tickets starting at $37.  

The Beast is Back!

Move over, roller coasters. New York City’s only marine-based thrill ride attraction is back with The Beast, returning to the Hudson River on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Hang on tight, as twin Hamilton jets kick it up to 1400 BHP-horsepower, thrusting The Beast over the water at up to 45 miles per hour. Tickets on sale now at beastnyc.com. Adults, $30; children (at least 40-inches or 102 centimeters tall), $25. Departs every hour on the hour from 10am-6pm from Pier 83 at West 42ndStreet at West Side Highway; arrive 30 minutes before departure time. 

North River Lobster Company

Let the good times lobster roll! North River Lobster Company is back for summer, offering New England seafood and much more, as of April 18, 2019. The award-winning, kick-back-casual, floating lobster shack takes short cruises on the Hudson River, offering inspiring views and a menu of summertime favorites, including the new “Shelly,” New York City’s longest lobster roll measuring more than 28-inches; the Bacon Lobster Roll (bacon, lobster salad, lettuce & tomato); the Lower East Side Roll (lobster, scallion cream cheese, red onions, chives and “Everything” Seasoning); and for those looking for a more elevated take on the traditional roll they can enjoy the “Double Truffle” – a white truffle lobster served with a side truffle parmesan fries. The perfect outdoor venue to spend a summer Friday, weekend afternoon or warm evening, drinks are equally delicious with signature cocktails and buckets of beerThis season, North River Lobster Company has added a festive 64-ounce Fishbowl option, which is ideal for groups. North River Lobster Company offers a $25 season passes to entry all summer long, which are typically, $10 to board on a first-come, first served basis, departing from Pier 81 at West 41st Street and 12th Avenue. 

Let the good times lobster roll! North River Lobster Company is back for summer, offering New England seafood and much more, as of April 18, 2019. The award-winning, kick-back-casual, floating lobster shack takes short cruises on the Hudson River, offering inspiring views and a menu of summertime favorites, including the new “Shelly,” New York City’s longest lobster roll measuring more than 28-inches; the Bacon Lobster Roll (bacon, lobster salad, lettuce & tomato); the Lower East Side Roll (lobster, scallion cream cheese, red onions, chives and “Everything” Seasoning); and for those looking for a more elevated take on the traditional roll they can enjoy the “Double Truffle” – a white truffle lobster served with a side truffle parmesan fries. The perfect outdoor venue to spend a summer Friday, weekend afternoon or warm evening, drinks are equally delicious with signature cocktails and buckets of beerThis season, North River Lobster Company has added a festive 64-ounce Fishbowl option, which is ideal for groups. North River Lobster Company offers a $25 season passes to entry all summer long, which are typically, $10 to board on a first-come, first served basis, departing from Pier 81 at West 41st Street and 12th Avenue. 

This Fourth of July, North River Lobster Company is offering a cruise party up the East River. A DJ will be spinning all night as guests sail along the harbor and dine on a summer buffet dinner featuring lobster, along with an open bar. The cruise stops near the Brooklyn Bridge for fantastic views of the New York City fireworks show. Tickets on sale now at northriverlobsterco.comTickets start at $338.92 for Buffet, Individual Lobster and Standard Open Bar, departing from Pier 81 at West 41st Street and 12th Avenue.