Get out of Hoboken: Fall Foliage Cruise

Looking for something different to do?

Well now through November 12th, the New York Waterway is offering the “Shades of Autumn River Cruise“.

Depending on the weather, it’s a great way to get out of Hoboken, smell some fresh air, and see some beautiful sights.

We went on this cruise this past weekend, and despite some annoying issues that happened as a result of NY Waterway over-booking the boat, we still enjoyed it tremendously. Even without the promised hot cider and donuts or even a place to sit, it was still a refreshing thing to do.

Learn more about our trip, see more pictures, and read the description from the NY Waterway..


The trip started at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, NJ. They just finished remodeling it this year. A big upgrade over the previous out-dated location.


The total trip time is a bit over 3 1/2 hours. During that time you can either soak in the views, have some food or drink (provided my the NY Milkshake Company), or catch the football games on the two flat-screen TV’s they have on the lower deck (even though they weren’t working when we rode).

Here’s a portion of what we took in.

Before the GW Bridge was the Riverside Church located on Riverside Drive and 119th St. in Manhattan.

Then we got to see the fabulous George Washington Bridge, peering out of the Palisades and across the Hudson.

Other landmarks and bridges to follow on our way up the river. Our tour guide announcer happened to be overly loquacious and mentioned quite a few dreary stories about people dying. I think we lost count after 20.

Other than the death stories, he was also helpful with fun facts and trivia regarding landmarks and the Hudson River, the Indians and Dutch settlers. He did promise not to talk on the way back, but he broke that promise with another gloomy story of death.

Here’s the Tappan Zee Bridge!


Once we got further north, it was quite nice to be on the open waters of the Hudson and to actually see many trees at once, as opposed to new condo developments rising in Hoboken. Seeing this just renewed our beliefs that Hoboken needs more parks!


Overall, it was a great way to get out of Hoboken even though the conditions could have been less windy and a bit warmer. Some helpful hints that might make your trip better if you decide to go:

– Bring your own beer or alcohol. (I’d suggest bringing clear plastic cups, since that is what they use).
– May want to also bring your own food to save money and time (the lines were long and slow).
– If you do order food, be reminded that they have things not listed, such as grilled cheese and waffles.
– Dress appropriately
– Get some rest. Many people fell asleep on the ride (as you can see from the photo below)

After people got too cold and went inside, some seats finally started opening up.

Below is what the NY Waterway has displayed on their website. I wouldn’t recommend paying extra for their “gourmet box lunch”, because from what I saw it was just a wrap and a banana. Ripoff at $15.

Let us know if you decide to go, and send us some pictures of your experience!

From the NY Waterway:


By Popular Demand, Two Additional Weekends have been Added to the Shades of Autumn Schedule:
November 4th/5th & 11th/12th

Experience the Lovely Shades of Autumn with NY Waterway Tours!

Football Fans Also Can Keep Up With the Action on Flat Screen TVs

Kicking off on Saturday, October 7th, NY Waterway Tour’s newest cruise, Shades of Autumn, celebrates the arrival of the fall season with fun and enjoyment for cruise goers of all ages. Shades of Autumn is a non-stop, four-hour cruise offering views of the exquisite fall foliage along the Hudson River that has inspired writers and artists for 200 years. While passengers enjoy spectacular views of one of the nation’s most scenic foliage routes, an experienced Tour Guide will point out historical sites along the route and share local folklore about one of the nation’s most picturesque regions.

In keeping with another fall tradition, Shades of Autumn will offer football fans a chance to keep up with their favorite teams with live satellite coverage. Modern flat screen televisions on the ship’s lower level will tune into college football on Saturdays, while NFL games will be shown on Sundays.

On every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, Shades of Autumn cruises will depart Manhattan from West 38th Street in the Hudson River Park at 11am and from Port Imperial in Weehawken, NJ, at 11:30am. Passengers who wish to breathe in the brisk fall air are welcome to ride top side, while those who wish to enjoy the views from indoors can cruise in style on the ferry’s lower level

Cruise passengers will be welcomed aboard with a free fresh apple cider and donuts. Cruises will return to West 38th Street at 3pm and Port Imperial at 3:30pm.

Note: on Sunday, October 15th, the Shades of Autumn Cruise will allow passengers to bring on their own lunches and picnic baskets- this so that passengers can take full advantage of the nice weather!

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, and $25 for seniors. For an extra fee, a gourmet box lunch is included with the price of the cruise: Adults- $15, Children- $10. In addition, a fully stocked refreshment stand will offer snacks, beverages, and top-shelf bar drinks for sale.

Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before departure to reserve their seats. For sample lunch menus, more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-533-3779

Cruise departs Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29
November 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th

* Departs Pier 78 (New York) @ 11:00
* Departs Port Imperial (Weehawken, NJ) @ 11:30

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great pics!


I was on this cruise last week. The Waterway could get their act together a little better, but was still nice to escape hoboken for a few hours.

My friends and I took some herb with us which made the trip more surreal and fun 🙂

Great pictures. Looks like you picked a good day to go.