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BEAST Speedboat Ride: Circle Line Sightseeing tickets

Gate Prices Adult $29.00
Child (3-12) $24.00

Don’t miss the chance to ride the Beast. Visitors rave about this high-speed, high-energy “sightseeing” speedboat ride around New York City’s harbor and the Hudson River (How fast is it? Blink and you might miss the sights!) Equipped with two 2,600 horsepower engines, and 90 speakers, this is a loud, whirlwind of a ride that you’ll never forget.

Do you have the courage to board the Beast? New York City’s Circle Line Sightseeing at 42nd Street brings you the rare opportunity to embark on a real thrill ride, right in the waters off Manhattan. Your captain will take you on a high-speed, 30-minute ride through the city’s world-famous harbor, past iconic sights like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all while treating you to a roller coaster of a boat ride that is guaranteed to get your heart pounding and bring you to the edge.

The Beast, Manhattan’s fastest and largest speedboat, is “awakened” between October and May of each year (due to temperatures, it is not in operation during the winter season). During this high season, the cruise operates between 10:00am and 6:00pm, with a special schedule operating on July 4th. Please note that passengers must be at least 40” or 100cm tall to ride the Beast, and expectant mothers are not allowed on board. This cruise does not operate when it rains, due to high speeds….while getting a little wet may be expected, no one wants you to go home drenched, cold and miserable!

This impressively-large boat (70 feet long, to be precise) truly is a beast, with sharp teeth, scary green eyes, and rocket speeds that would send even the fastest great white shark swimming off in shame. The Beast has become something of a New York icon—recognizable from a distance for its shark-like appearance, and the boatloads of screaming passengers it regularly whips past such monuments as Ellis Island and the Seaport. The Beast reaches speeds of up to 40 knots, or 45 miles per hour, and blasts over waves, while also blasting high-energy music, comedy, and info about the NYC sights on its high-tech sound system.

This tour includes a close-up stop at the Statue of Liberty, where passengers can take advantage of a photo opportunity. Don’t forget your camera and your sense of adventure!

The New York Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for BEAST Speedboat Ride: Circle Line Sightseeing tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Getting In

Present your Pass at any Circle Line ticket window and receive a voucher. It is not necessary to select a time or date when you receive your voucher. Cruise vouchers are valid for any date and time within 1 year. Please bring your voucher to the ticket window and exchange it for a boarding pass. Allow yourself 45 minutes for ample ticketing and boarding time.


April 29–September 24: Daily, 10:00 am–6:00 pm every hour on the hour.


September 26-April 29


Children must be 40”/100 cm tall to ride, and must be able to sit in their own seat without assistance. The BEAST does not operate in the rain and has limited seating capacity.

Download the FREE Circle Line Skyline Navigator app before your cruise for the best way to enhance your experience! The app translates your cruise content into any of seven languages. Choose to follow along via GPS or take your time discovering on your own. Get it from the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store​ today.​


Pier 83, West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Driving Directions

From George Washington Bridge, Westchester or Connecticut: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), go south to West 43rd Street. Make a right at 43rd Street to Pier 83.

Public Transportation

By Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, Q, or R trains to Times Square/42nd Street. From there, walk or take the M42 bus to 12th Avenue.

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