Sail Along the Hudson, Bike New York Harbor with Ritz-Carlton Battery Park

Author: Noelle Yeager

Tags : Baby, City Break, Couples, Family-Friendly Hotels, Flee Market, Kids, Luxury Options, Multigen, Museums & Culture, New York, North America, Spa & Wellness, Teens, USA

For families looking for a great New York City harbor vacation, the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park has the perfect package for you. And, while you could book a hotel in Midtown and see New York by taxi this summer, why not experience the city by bike and boat?

Designed for couples, but easily able to accommodate a family of four, this minimum two-night stay package includes a luxury room, a continental breakfast at the hotel’s 2West Restaurant, a full-day bike rental (and gourmet picnic!), and a 90-minute sailboat ride along the New York City waterfront. 

For a family of four staying in a double room with two queen-sized beds, prices begin at $395 per night and connecting rooms are available. A basic room at the Ritz offers families 425 square-feet of luxury. With plush furniture and comfortable sleeping arrangements, the in-room amenities are almost as nice as the hotel’s harbor views. But, for families looking for a bit more room than that, the 39 suites at the Ritz are a spacious upgrade and definitely worth the price if you can afford it.

Beginning at 800 square-feet, each of the four styles of suites at the Ritz includes spectacular harbor views and plush marble baths to enjoy. The two larger styles, the Liberty Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, also include a kitchenette and dining areas -- perfect for families looking to dine in. Another perk: From these rooms’ corner windows there’s a great panoramic view of the New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The view is so great, the Ritz even provides telescopes to enhance the experience. 

While the full-day bike rental is also part of a package offered at the midtown Ritz-Carlton by Central Park, the 90-minute sailboat experience with Manhattan by Sail is unique a Battery Park experience.
Enjoy the breeze and the beautiful cityscape of Downtown Manhattan as you cruise along the Hudson River. Save yourselves the wear and tear of trying to book a Statue of Liberty ferry boat tour or catching the Staten Island Ferry.  Of course, don’t forget to take some pictures of the family in front of iconic Lady Liberty as you sail by. 

For families with younger kids, the Ritz is more than happy to provide bike seats or tow wagons for the little ones who want to participate in the outdoor journey. Babysitting services are also available upon request, allowing mom and dad to escape for a couple of hours and enjoy a night on the New York City town. 

Starting at just under $400 a night, the price for this excursion is too good to pass up. So grab your helmet and your sailing hats, and prepare to see New York from a different perspective. 

Photos courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park.