Long Island boat tours are one of the best ways to explore this beautiful part of New York. Most of us might think of boat tours as something reserved for tourists. However, they’re actually an amazing way to take in all the beautiful sites of Long Island for locals, as well. After all, none of us have seen everything our areas have to offer. It’s always a good idea to see things from a different perspective. Plus…we’re an island, we might as well take advantage of it, right?!
Long Island Boat Tours: A Must
Whether you’re visiting the area or a long-time local, Long Island boat tours are one of the best ways to really experience the beauty of this often overlooked part of New York, right outside the hustle and bustle of NYC. Below, you’ll find a list of the best Long Island boat tours to be found in the area. They’re all waiting to show you and your family an amazing time and amazing views.
Layla Sailing – Shelter Island
Explore all the beauty and views that Shelter Island has to offer with Layla Sailing. You can choose from half-day charters or shorter morning and sunset sails. Captain Liz Gillooly will take you and up to five other passengers on a private sail trip that explores the best of the area.
Find out more by visiting laylasailing.com or by calling 631-319-0161.
Christeen – Oyster Bay
Adventure out and tour Oyster Bay on the Christeen, a restored oyster sloop. The trips are offered through The Waterfront Center, and reservations must be made online. You’ll be able to choose from a two-hour harbor tour or book private charters for your group. Throughout the tour, you’ll see Gold Coast mansions on Tony Centre Island, all captained by a Coast Guard-certified operator. You’ll also take in amazing views as you learn about the history of the area, including Christeen, a National Historic Landmark built in 1883.
Find out more by visiting thewaterfrontcenter.org or by calling 516-922-7245.
Sailing Montauk – Montauk
Explore the Montauk area with Sailing Montauk’s fleet of Mon Tiki catamarans. Owned and operated by Amelia Ryan and her husband, Captain David Ryan, Sailing Montauk offers cruises on the 65-foot Mon Tiki Large, the 40-foot Mon Tiki, and the 26-foot Mon Tiki Mini catamarans.
Bring your own lunch and drinks for a two or three-hour private sail that offers views of the area’s coastline, waves, and sealife – watch out for dolphins! If the weather is warm, you can even enjoy a nice dip in the ocean.
Find out more by visiting sailingmontauk.com or by calling 631-668-2826.
Priscilla – West Sayville
Venture out on a restored 1888 oyster sloop called the Priscilla to enjoy amazing views of the Great South Bay. Offered by the Maritime Museum in West Sayville, the Priscilla takes visitors out on two-hour cruises on the Great South Bay. Enjoy all the narration offered by the captain as they teach you about the ship’s history as part of a 500-boat fleet that once scoured the South Shore bays for oysters.
Find out more by visiting limaritime.org or by calling 631-854-4974.
See Things in a Different Way with Long Island Boat Tours
Long Island boat tours offer something a bit unexpected for both visitors and locals, alike. A tour on any of these boats is full of history, beautiful views, and tons of family memories that will last a lifetime. Book a tour with any of these, and see Long Island in a completely new way.
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