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Shark Speed Boat Ride in NYC and discount tickets

it’s not a NYC boat trip without the Statue of Liberty

The kids were not overly excited when I told them we were going on a speed boat ride – with a bunch of other people. What fun is it if you don’t get to drive the boat yourself? And my husband chalked this one up to another of my crazy ideas.

You know what? The kids had so much fun that they asked to go again during the next visit to Manhattan. And my husband had a grin on his face the whole time. (discount info for Shark Speed Boat Ride at the bottom)

The boat takes off from South Street Seaport at Pier 16. After a few corny jokes (one at New Jersey residents’ expense) we took off with 80s tunes blasting (“Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to?…867-5309). My hair was flying around, and once in awhile we got a big splash in the boat (and on us).

The boat stopped near the Statue of Liberty, allowing us to get some photos, and the crew also took photos for us. We also went under the Brooklyn Bridge and past the World Financial Center. The ride was a lot of fun and a faster paced way to see the NYC than the Circle Line tour we took previously (granted, it was also less informative).

The boat is part of the Circle Line Downtown, not to be confused with the Circle Line 42nd Street (different company), which offers a similar ride on their boat, the Beast.  I haven’t taken that one for comparison.

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getting splashed on the Shark

For additional fun, take the fre Staten Island Ferry over. And spend some time in the South Street Seaport area.

What: Shark Speedboat Ride

Cost: $23 for adults, $16 for kids, $20 for seniors

When: May – September, weather permitting

Details: You have to be 40” to ride.

Discounts for the Shark:  I got our tickets on Groupon’s New YorkCity page and paid $13 a piece. You can New Jersey Groupon deals here.

Goldstar sometimes offers ticket deals too. At posting, tickets were half off using this link.

–If you’re planning to do a lot of attractions in New York, look into packages, or an Explorer’s Pass:

 

Before we got wet…

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4 comments to Shark Speed Boat Ride in NYC and discount tickets

  • Orit

    Hi, i’m traveling with my kids (9, 6, 2 years old)
    Does the 2 years old kid can go the bout with his parents?

    Thanks,
    Orit

  • jerseykids

    Orit- probably not. Your child has to be at least 40 inches tall.

  • Kat

    For my birthday I wanted to have a speed boat party so I was wondering how much it would cost since I want a lot of my friends to come

  • jerseykids

    Try calling the speed boat company – I’m sure they can give you a quote.

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