Sail New York Harbor | May–October | Pier 16 | $20–$70
Please Note this is a Past Activity. Public Sailing will Return in 2024.
Experience New York City like never before with the Seaport Museum’s thrilling sail aboard the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer! From May through October, this exclusive opportunity offers you the chance to take in the breathtaking views of the Big Apple from the deck of a National Register-listed vessel.
As you set sail on this unforgettable journey, you’ll witness some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan’s architectural treasures, Governors Island, Ellis Island, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned New Yorker or a first-time visitor, this adventure promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.
But that’s not all––as a guest on board, you’ll have the chance to get hands-on and help raise a sail or simply sit back and relax as you soak up the stunning scenery. And, for the perfect al fresco dining experience, bring along your favorite meal or snack, along with your preferred beverages or even a bottle of wine to sip on deck.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to celebrate history at sea and see the city from a new perspective. Book your sail on Pioneer with the Seaport Museum today!
2023 Offerings to Sail on Pioneer:
Know Before You Go
Tour routes are subject to change due to unpredictable boat traffic in the harbor and weather, though captains will do their best to include the sites listed. Read the full FAQ for more details on sailing with the Seaport Museum.
About the Schooner Pioneer
Pioneer was built in Pennsylvania in 1885 to carry sand and heavy cargoes along the Delaware River. Unlike almost all American cargo sloops and schooners that were made of wood, Pioneer was constructed with a wrought iron hull because she was built in what was then the nation’s center for iron shipbuilding. Today, she is the sole American merchant sailing vessel with an iron hull.
Charter This Historic Vessel
Looking for a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion or impress your clients with an exciting corporate outing? Look no further than the Seaport Museum’s private charters on the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker.
Get a Taste of Sailing on Pioneer
Education Programs on Pioneer
Sail New York Harbor aboard the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer. Students help raise sails, see the Statue of Liberty and other Harbor landmarks, observe a variety of ships and waterborne commerce, and engage in exciting hands-on activities.