The AIA Architectural Boat Tour around Manhattan may be the most interesting thing to do in New York when the weather is good.
Our tour was narrated by a native NYC AIA Architect with a thorough knowledge of the city's history, buildings and its famous people / events. The perspective from the water is beautiful, unique and scenic. This boat is no clunky tourist bus on the water, it is an elegant motor yacht with teak (and mahogany?) rails and deck trim.
At $76 per person for a 3 hour tour, it isn't the cheapest game in town but completely satisfied. High quality finger foods were offered and one complimentary adult beverage. Additional premium beer was available for $6 a bottle - cheaper than on land!
On our warm afternoon, sitting on the bow with the cool breeze off the water was relaxing and refreshing. You get a close up view of every bridge connecting Manhattan to the other boroughs. Not a single draw bridge but several cable suspended structures and swing bridges that open to allow passage into and down the Harlem River. Almost pitied the innumerable drivers stuck in rush hour gridlock while we gently cruised down the rivers enjoying a cold one!
You also learn about the lesser known parks, buildings and properties on the northern tip of Manhattan island.
Our experience was a 9.5 out of 10. Highly recommend!