It sounded like a good idea, turned out to be a FANTASTIC one! My boyfriend and I brought our four year old daughter and her four year old little buddy on the Clipper City Sail Boat to celebrate the beautiful weather, and well, just to try something different. This tall ship sails the tip of Manhattan for 90 minutes, giving your phenomenal views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. It’s a peaceful sail without narration. But if you ask any of the crew questions they are happy to answer. This feels like a very local thing to do, the boat was not packed with tourists, just a cool mix of people who appreciate sailing against the backdrop of the world’s best city.
The boat was only about 50% capacity so we had a lot of room to explore. This was ideal for the kids as they were able to play pirate for a day. They loved walking around the boat, checking out all the cool unique equipment and asking tons of questions. The most surprising question was when my daughter’s little buddy asked her if she’ll marry him! When she sat silent he spelled Y-E-S. We laughed until we cried at these cuties and all continued our adventure taking in the views, studying the ropes and sails on the ship and their favorite part, drinking juice.
- Bring a hat and lots of sunblock
- They sell drinks and light snacks on the boat.
- I brought a backpack with water and kid snacks which was easy to manage.
- I don’t recommend bringing a stroller.
- This is appropriate for kids of all ages.
- The day we sailed it was smooth, but I imagine this could be challenging for someone who gets sea sick, it’s a 90 minute excursion.
- Even though we sailed on a warm day, the kids asked for sweaters because of the breeze, fortunately I had some.
- Bring an eye patch to go full pirate 🙂
- Clipper City is operated by Manhattan Sail, check out their other adventures!
- The SeaGlass carousel is right next to the entrance to this, leave time to try that before your board.
- Bring swim suits if you want to play in the awesome splash pad just north of the boat slip after the sail.