The Shark Speedboat Tour from Circle Line Downtown in New York City

New York City's Shark Speedboat
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On the 30-minute Shark Speedboat Thrill Ride, visitors get a close-up view of popular NYC destinations like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge as they experience the excitement of speeding through the New York Harbor. Riders will also get to see Downtown Manhattan's Skyline, Ellis Island, and the World Financial Center.

Great for families traveling with kids and teens, the Shark Speedboat zips from South Street Seaport around the southern tip of Manhattan, stopping for a perfect photo opportunity in front of the Statue of Liberty. Music plays throughout the ride with the focus on adventure, fun, and thrills, rather than a typical New York City sightseeing tour.

Where to Get on the Shark Boat

The boat leaves hourly from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport between May and September. Travelers can take the subway to Fulton Street from the A/C, J/Z or 2/3. Those driving to South Street Seaport will find that parking is available on the lot for a fee, just north of the seaport. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. For more information on hours and pricing, visit the website.

How Visitors Can Prepare for the Ride

Riders must be at least 40" tall to ride The Shark. If you're taking the ride with a child, it is recommended to talk to them about it first. Many kids get too scared of the ride and spend the entire half hour feeling terrorized rather than excited.

It is likely that riders will get very wet when riding on the boat, so wearing a raincoat and other protective gear for your accessories is suggested. Those seated near the front of the boat tend to stay the driest. Riders can begin boarding on the boat about 10 minutes before departure. For those sensitive to the sun, wearing sunscreen is recommended, as there's no cover on the boat and plenty of sunshine on most days. Pregnant women and those with heart or back problems should not ride the Shark Speedboat.

Relax Nearby at the South Street Seaport Mall

History buffs will be happy to find that this historic destination has restored wharfside buildings from the 1800s. The mall has dining options, shops, and entertainment for travelers to visit before or after the ride. The new rooftop terrace will also provide a schedule of concerts and events.

Visitors of the seaport will be able to find food items at the kiosks like mini donuts and ice cream, along with other discoveries like free movie screenings during the summer, beautiful river views, and massages. Bathrooms are available nearby inside the South Street Seaport Pier 17 Mall to the left of the Piers as you face the water.