July 15 | 12–5pm
Join the Seaport Museum, Waterfront Alliance, The Howard Hughes Corporation, and fellow climate-conscious partners for the 16th annual City of Water Day, which provides programs and activities across the region that champion a climate-resilient New York and New Jersey Harbor.
For this special initiative, the Museum joins dozens of communities across all five boroughs, Westchester and Rockland counties, and northern New Jersey who will host free events on and near the water that celebrate the importance of a resilient and equitably shared waterfront.
From free hands-on workshops to discounted sails on our historic vessels, see the many ways you can join the celebration with the Seaport Museum’s City of Water Day offerings below and come down to the Seaport to engage with your local waterfront.
Please Note This is a Past Program, Event, or Activity
Sail New York Harbor
1pm, 4pm | Pier 16 | $20–$50
Looking for a truly unforgettable adventure on the high seas? Join the Seaport Museum for a thrilling 2-hour daytime sail through the stunning New York Harbor. With an experienced crew at the helm, you’ll watch in awe as the sails of the 1885 schooner Pioneer unfurl and the ship glides effortlessly across the sparkling waters. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll even have the chance to lend a hand and help raise the sails yourself! But don’t worry if you prefer to sit back and simply soak up the breathtaking scenery—you’re welcome to relax on the deck and enjoy the ride.
Advanced registration is encouraged.
Can’t join a schooner sail on City of Water Day? No worries! The Museum offers Pioneer Daytime Sails each weekend through October, at 1pm and 4pm. You can also check out our Sunset Sails, offered Wednesday–Saturday at 7pm.
Get Out On the Water
1pm, 2:30pm | Pier 16 | $15–$30
Celebrate New York’s waterways on a one-of-a-kind adventure on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker, named “Tugboat of the Year” by the prestigious Steamship Historical Society of America! Get your tickets today for a 75-minute ride that promises to be an unforgettable experience that takes you through New York Harbor and gives you a unique experience to take in stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island.
Advanced registration is encouraged.
These rides are particularly popular with tweens, teens, and boat enthusiasts!
Can’t join a tugboat ride on City of Water Day? No worries! The Museum offers W.O. Decker Rides each weekend through October, at 1pm and 2:30pm.
$15 Youth (Ages 10–17)
Resilience Street Fair
12–5pm | Pier 16 | Free
Come to the Seaport Museum’s Pier 16 to check out free kid-friendly booths offering activities and resources for the public on a variety of issues related to climate resilience and our shared waterfront.
At the Museum’s tent, you can listen to informal discussions about how printers select sustainable paper for their work, make your own paper notecard, and participate in an embossing activity using stamps based on 19th century engravings.
No registration needed for this free family-friendly opportunity to learn about the waterfront and the many ways you can support environmental action in your neighborhood, city, and region. The Fair takes place outdoors at Pier 16 and walk-ups are welcome.
July 15 | 1:30pm, 2:30pm | 211 Water Street | Free
After visiting the Seaport Museum’s tent at the Resilience Street Fair, and learning about how printers select sustainable paper for their work, head to Bowne & Co. to enjoy a free printing demonstration using the Museum’s working collection of historical printing equipment.
No registration is required and walk-ups are welcome.
Can’t join a demonstration on City of Water Day? No worries! The Museum offers the Fresh Prints open house and printing demonstration at Bowne & Co. on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.
Extend Your Visit
Looking to explore more that the Museum has to offer? Stop by the red tent at Pier 16 to get a Pay What You Wish General Admission ticket. General Admission includes access to three exhibitions on view at 12 Fulton Street as well as a walk through Wavertree at whatever price is right for you––free in-person admission, the full ticket price, or any amount in between.
Ready for more?
Head over to our Programs and Events page to see what else is happening at the Museum. Sign up for an upcoming talk, learn more about visiting Wavertree, or explore our virtual offerings.