Visit Our Historic Vessels and Pier 16
The South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today: the story of the ships, the people who sailed them, the cargoes they carried, and the businesses that served them. Dockside programs combine indoor and outdoor hands-on activities to show how the stories and science of the harbor affect how we live. Students experience all this and more, without ever leaving the dock.
Dockside Experiences are currently paused because of COVID restrictions. Please contact us below to be the first to receive updates on our schedule.
Explorers, Crew and Cargo
90 minutes | Grades 9–adult
Returning Summer 2021
Board the cargo ship Wavertree and experience the world of transatlantic sailors through hands-on activities:
- Tour the ship from bow to stern.
- Haul on ropes to raise sail without leaving the dock, and walk the capstan ’round.
- Learn how sailors and officers slept, ate, worked, and played.
- Learn about the importance of ships, cargo, and commerce from the time of the European explorers until today.
Tall Ship Wavertree
Wavertree, built in 1885 was operated for many years as a cargo ship sailing around the world.
The lightship Ambrose was built in 1907 and served as a floating lighthouse in lower New York Bay.
All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones). We do not recommend combining small classes into a large group.
Contact Us to Learn More
Reservations and payment required in advance. To book a program or for more information on details, pricing, and reservation process, please contact us below or call us at (212) 748-8568.