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Sightseeing Cruises

Your list of top things to do in the Hudson Valley has to include a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River! Enjoy clear views of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable sites aboard the Rip Van Winkle II.

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Themed & Music Cruises

Looking for a fun weekend evening activity? Look no further! Share a unique experience with family and friends and dance the night away aboard a DJ Dance or Live Music cruise on the Hudson River!

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Private Events

Make your next special occasion stand out! Whether celebrating a class reunion, birthday party, anniversary, graduation party or any other special occasion, a cruise down the historic Hudson River makes it truly unforgettable.

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Group Tours

Planning a group tour? We’re the Hudson Valley tourism experts! For over 35 years, we've shared our love and knowledge of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley with residents, visitors, and groups of all types.

THE HUDSON VALLEY'S PREMIER SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCE

Featuring Guided Tours, Live Music, Dinner & More

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For over 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers a first-hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle II. From our location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, we provide a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline.

As you relax on the cool shaded deck of the Rip Van Winkle II, visit our beverage & snack bars for tasty refreshments. Your experienced guide will point out millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque Hudson River lighthouses and quaint, sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.

Our Sightseeing Tour Route


Experience the Hudson Valley like never before aboard a Hudson River Cruise.
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GOURMET DINNER & A CRUISE

Add a Premium Dinner to Your Sightseeing Experience

You can’t find a more romantic setting in the summer than on the historic Hudson River!
Add a Dinner Package to your 2:30 Cruise with Mariner’s or Savona’s Restaurant after your Sightseeing Cruise.
Restaurants located within walking distance of the boat dock.
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Premiere Sightseeing Experience – Now Departing from Poughkeepsie on Select Dates

Sightseeing cruise departures made easy for commuters from New York City.

Enjoy a two-hour, narrated cruise highlighted by the breathtaking natural scenery, beautiful estates, lighthouses, and landmarks along the route. These cruises depart from Victor C. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY.


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A TOP THING TO DO IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

The Top-Rated Sightseeing Experience on the Hudson River

Looking for the most relaxing, fun way to spend an afternoon in the Hudson Valley?
Grab your friends and family and come aboard the Rip Van Winkle II for the ultimate sightseeing experience.

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SUNSET CRUISE!

Come Aboard and Enjoy a Sunset Sightseeing Cruise as we cruise past the Rondout and Espous Lighthouses!

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Elevate Your Next Event with a Private Charter


Make your next private event or special occasion unique and memorable with a cruise on the Rip Van Winkle II.
From corporate events to weddings and everything in between — a Hudson River Cruise is sure to exceed the expectations of any group gathering.

Unique Private Events

With room for up to 300 passengers and views unlike any other, the Rip Van Winkle II is the ultimate event venue in the Hudson Valley. From weddings and rehearsal dinners to birthdays and anniversaries, a private cruise on the Hudson will make your next event unforgettable!

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Unforgettable Group Tours

From educational school field trips to tourism excursions, a Hudson River Cruises group tour is the best way to experience the Hudson Valley. Bring your group aboard the Rip Van Winkle II for an afternoon or evening of fun!

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Our Special Hotel Packages


We've partnered with some of the top hotels in the Hudson River Valley to offer you exclusive savings on premium lodging accommodations.

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Gift the experience of a day or evening cruise on the Hudson River aboard the Rip Van Winkle II. Hudson River Cruises’ gift certificates
are the perfect solution for making any special event or occassion a truly unique and memorable experience.

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