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NYCbySEA named America's best boat tour

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See the Big Apple from the water with this winning tour company

It’s heating up outside, so what better time to take a boat ride? There are lots of iconic water-based experiences in this country, from whale watching excursions and sunset sails to scenic cruises past waterfalls and cliff-backed shores.

  • NYCbySEA

    One of the newest and best ways to see Manhattan is aboard one of NYCbySEA’s 28-foot powerboat cruisers. Each hour long excursion is limited to six passengers, so everyone onboard has an excellent view of the sights of the historic New York Harbor, Hudson River, East River and Battery Park.
    Photo courtesy of Mike/NYCbySEA

  • Major Marine Tours

    Major Marine Tours takes visitors into the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions, for the chance to spot whales in Resurrection Bay and see glaciers up close. Full-day cruises include an Alaskan salmon and prime rib buffet.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DCrane08

  • Red Boat Water Tours

    Instead of fighting the crowds of downtown St. Augustine, step aboard the White Pelican for a boat tour of the intracoastal waterway. Red Boat Water Tours offer a variety of sightseeing cruises, including dolphin watching excursions, BYOB sunset sails and full moon cruises.
    Photo courtesy of Red Boat Water Tours

  • Waco Tours

    A river cruise with Waco Tours comprises 2.5 hours along the serene Brazos River in the heart of Texas. Learn about the history and people of Waco as you see the city from the water and spot local wildlife on the riverbanks.
    Photo courtesy of Waco Tours

  • Holo Holo Charters

    With Holo Holo Charters, visitors to Kauai can sail to the forbidden island of Niihau or cruise along the spectacular Na Pali Coast to see its waterfalls, lush valleys and hidden sea caves from a new perspective.
    Photo courtesy of Holo Holo Charters

  • Niagara Jet Adventures

    Travelers can experience the Niagara River year long aboard the climate controlled boats of Niagara Jet Adventures. Thrilling rides take passengers along the Class V rapids of Devil’s Hole in Niagara River Gorge and Hells Canyon, with 360-degree spins along the way.
    Photo courtesy of Niagara Jet Adventures

  • Canderé Cruising

    Boat tours with Canderé Cruising let visitors see seaplane take offs and landings up close, with views from the water of Seattle landmarks like the Space Needle and Fremont Bridge. Options range from an hour long cocktail cruise to a three-hour sunset sail or four-hour tour to see Seattle’s lakefront mansions. This family business offers one of the best ways to experience Seattle's waterways in a unique and affordable way.
    Photo courtesy of Canderé Cruising

  • Cattywampus Catamaran

    Cattywampus Catamaran leads eco cruises off the shores of Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island and Destin, Florida. Anchor over a sandbar for a swim or snorkel, keep your eye out for dolphins, watch the sunset from deck or cruise the Emerald Coast while sampling whine and cheese during an adults-only adventure.
    Photo courtesy of Cattywampus Catamaran

  • Redline Rafting

    Redline Rafting’s motto is “half the crowds, twice the adventure.” That’s what you can expect, whether you’re cruising Maui’s Forbidden Coast, snorkeling in Molokini Crater or looking for North Pacific humpback whales who make Maui their winter home.
    Photo courtesy of Redline Rafting

  • Maid of the Mist

    There's no better view of the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls than from the decks of the Maid of the Mist, a series of boats that get passengers up close to the falls, where the roar of 600,000 gallons of falling water is deafening and the "mist" can feel more like a downpour. The Maid of the Mist is the only way to see the falls by water on the American side, and while the included blue rain poncho isn't required, it's highly recommended...
    Photo courtesy of Maid of the Mist

The top 10 winners in the category Best Boat Tour are as follows:

  1. NYCbySEA
  2. Major Marine Tours
  3. Red Boat Water Tours
  4. Waco Tours
  5. Holo Holo Charters
  6. Niagara Jet Adventures
  7. Canderé Cruising
  8. Cattywampus Catamaran
  9. Redline Rafting
  10. Maid of the Mist

A panel of experts (listed below) partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning boat tour companies!

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Jeremy Clement

Jeremy Clement is a Co-Founder at Project...  Read More

Jeremy Clement is a Co-Founder at Project Expedition, a website where travelers can discover and book tours and activities in destinations around the world. Based in New York City, Jeremy leads the Customer Experience team at Project Expedition, which provides clients with premium support and curated travel experiences. Prior to Project Expedition, Jeremy spent seven years at Bloomberg, with long-term assignments in their New York, London, and Tokyo offices. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.

Jeremy Clement

Jeremy Clement
Jeremy Clement is a Co-Founder at Project Expedition, a website where travelers can discover and book tours and activities in destinations around the world. Based in New York City, Jeremy leads the Customer Experience team at Project Expedition, which provides clients with premium support and curated travel experiences. Prior to Project Expedition, Jeremy spent seven years at Bloomberg, with long-term assignments in their New York, London, and Tokyo offices. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.

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