The Catskills

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Kingston

Kingston, United States
Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Delight in views of the scenic Hudson River shoreline during this 2-hour cruise from Kingston, NY. Step aboard the Rip Van Winkle, find a comfortable seat and watch the picturesque natural scenery glide by as you listen to engaging narration from your guide. Travel south to Hyde Park, getting views of the Catskill Mountains, sumptuous estates, sleepy villages and historic lighthouses.
  • Explore the historic shoreline of the Hudson River on a 2-hour cruise
  • Learn about the region's history and culture through your guide's narration
  • Snacks, light meals and a and fully stocked bar available for purchase on board
  • Pass luxe estates, historic lighthouses, sleepy villages and vineyards

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks, full bar service, available for purchase
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kingston
    Kingston, NY 12401, USA

    Departure Point: Kingston, New York (approx. two hours from NYC by car) Address: Dock: 1 East Strand Street, Kingston, NY 12401 Dates: Seasonal May-October.  Tuesday-Sunday June-October.  Weekends in May/ Return point: Returns to original departure point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Find your way to the dock in Kingston, the departure point for your 2-hour river cruise.

Step aboard the historic Rip Van Winkle and find a seat on one of the decks: choose between chairs in the lower, enclosed deck or bench seating in the upper, partially covered deck. Settle in for a cruise down the Hudson to Hyde Park, doubling back to return to Kingston.

Listen to your guide's engaging narration regarding the sights and landmarks on shore. Pass millionaires' sumptuous estates, sleepy riverside hamlets and quaint historic lighthouses. Relax and enjoy the refreshing river breeze. Be sure to bring your camera for great photo ops of the picturesque natural scenery along the river, including vineyards, orchards and views of the looming Catskill Mountains. 

If you get hungry, head down to the lower deck's snack bar for a burger, hot dog or wrap. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase from the fully stocked bar. Restrooms are located on board for your convenience.

After 2 hours of enjoying the scenery and ambiance on the river cruise, return the dock. Please note this cruise departs out of Kingston, NY.

Hudson River Cruises, Inc.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The boat has a lower enclosed deck, a middle deck which is a shaded but otherwise open are, and an open air upper deck with bench seating.
  • A fully stocked bar with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a snack bar with light fare such as hot dogs & fresh popped popcorn is available on the lower main deck at your own expense.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed on board the boat
  • There is plenty of seating on the boat, both inside and on the upper deck, which consists mainly of bench-style seating; the main lower deck has chairs; seating is on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sit in a particular area of the boat
  • Service animals allowed
  • If you or someone in your group is in a wheelchair or has limited mobility, contact the tour operator to discuss accessibility
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Beautiful and historic river. Captain, crew and narration - all great. Only wish it had been a little longer.


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Nice, relaxing boatride
Lisa_K, Oct 2023
Things within their control were handled well. Not their fault that the trees were changing colors later than usual. Up close and personal looks at multiple lighthouses and riverside mansions, recorded and live narratives of area, reasonably priced snacks, indoor and outdoor seating options made for a very enjoyable experience. Convenient parking but get there early if you want the free parking. Area is walkable and historic. Lots to do, see, and eat in the area.
Cancelled tour
brent_s, Sep 2023
The boat tour cancelled the day before we were to go. We drove 750 miles to this location. Not good to ask for a rating when no tour was given.
Much below expectations
Roni_S, Sep 2023
We took the previous day the Solaris. I would recommend that. The trip was less than 90 min . It was impossible to here the taped commentary.
Nice trip for families
Pete_R, Aug 2023
The ship was nice and the crew were friendly! Good information given by the guide. Unfortunately it rained on our trip
Family trip on the Hudson!
Gigi_V, Jul 2023
Lovely way to spend the afternoon! Took our family in from the UK for a cruise. A great time was had by all. Just the right length too.
The narration was great...
Michael_F, Jul 2023
The narration was great but being able to ask some questions would have added to the experience. We had a great time
Historic Hudson
Kimball_L, Jul 2023
Beautiful and historic river. Captain, crew and narration - all great. Only wish it had been a little longer.
A cool way to spend a hot day on the Hudson.
Barbara_V, Jul 2023
I lived in the Kingston area for the first 30 years of my life but never cruised the Hudson. The most enjoyable sights were the lighthouses, because they were really houses. I've seen lighthouses all over the world and they were nothing like these adorable colonial homes with a lighthouse on top. The sound system was less than perfect, so I missed most of the dialogue, but it was a calming experience and my sister and I enjoyed it.
Relaxing cruise
Sandra_G, Jun 2023
It was a lovely day on the water. The information on the tour was enjoyable and fascinating. All of the people working on the boat were very helpful and kind and considerate. We all had a wonderful time.
Was very nice no pa no sightseeing guide
Daryl_D, Aug 2022
The lighthouses and the boats were the best awesome scenery price was reasonable just snack food to eat
Wonderful time!
Karen_D, Aug 2022
Lovely time as part of our family reunion! My sisters and I grew up in the area so a wonderful reminder of the history and beauty of the river! It was fun to introduce it all to a new generation.
Beautiful Friendly and Safe
Connie_N, Oct 2021
On a Brisk late October day there was a warm cabin or a open deck to enjoy the leaves and the river. Deckhands helped with the wheelchair on the long steep ramp and we got aboard just fine. Good thing we had coats and blankets because of course wheelchair couldn't go down to the warm cabin . They ran out of hot dogs but the coffee kept coming and the pretzels were delicious. I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff was helping us be comfortable on the trip and safe on the steep ramp. It was worth it.
John_S, Oct 2021
Beautiful day for a cruise . Bring a camera.. Go up to the top and see everything. They have drinks and some food.
Fall on the Hudson
susan_b, Oct 2021
Great views of mansions, lighthouses and boats. Nice narration. Comfortable seating and distance between patrons
Terrific dock location in...
Michael_E, Oct 2021
Terrific dock location in the heart of the Kingston waterfront. Great staff. Very affordable. A two hour tour of this type is much more expensive elsewhere and there's so much to see here.
New England charm
John_K, Oct 2021
Great to see the countryside. A little disappointed that it wasn’t closer to shoreline or mansions were more visible.
Great trip. Beautiful...
Carlos_A, Sep 2021
Great trip. Beautiful scenery, lots of local history. So much fun. I suspect spring and fall are the best times to go. Weather was wonderful!
Well done
William_S, Sep 2021
The beauty of the River, and the history we learned. A very rewarding experience. Well done. Very good value for the money.
Small Problem
Steven_I, Sep 2021
The trip was nice. I do have to gig the operators for one thing. Just prior to boarding the crew hosed down all the seating to clean things up. What they didn't do was dry the seats. Nearly all the passengers had to attempt to dry off a place to sit.
Very pleasant experience.
Dawn_E, Sep 2021
I shared some wonderful memories with my mom. I took her on a cruise for her birthday. It was very memorable for both of us.

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.