Experience the wonders of New York’s famous harbor at sunset—and visit some of the harbor’s best kept secrets and proudest conservation stories on NYC Audubon’s Sunset Ecocruises to the Harbor Heron Islands. Get up close and personal with some of the 3,000 herons, egrets, and ibis nesting on these lush islands right here in the City’s harbor. Sailing from South Street Seaport Pier 16, Sundays from June 7 to August 16, the tours explore three different routes: Sail up the East River to the fascinating Brother Islands, under the Verrazano Bridge to the egret rookeries of Hoffman and Swinburne Islands—or out to the wild expanses of Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Your guide on this urban adventure, naturalist Gabriel Willow, will help spot exquisitely plumed egrets, curious night-herons, and more—and recount the fascinating history of these abandoned islands, where wilderness has taken over the ruins of insane asylums and quarantine hospitals, including the residence of the infamous “Typhoid Mary.” Along the way, you’ll pass under soaring bridges and by world-famous landmarks aboard a comfortable, eco-friendly New York Water Taxi vessel. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the City’s skyline at sunset.