Best fall foliage cruises for kids and families

Get tickets for one of these fall foliage cruises and enjoy the views—cup of cider not required, but highly encouraged

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By Lee Magill and Danielle Valente |
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What better way to welcome autumn than with beautiful hues of red, gold and orange? Make the most of the New York scenery with a few fall foliage cruises. Kiddies—and adults—will love photo ops amongst the trees while sporting cozy cardigans. (We highly suggest bringing a few apple cider-inspired treats along for the ride, too.)  

Why not catch Mother Nature in all her glory with falling leaves, crisp breeze and bright skies from a different vantage point? These fall foliage cruises for kids and families up the ante on a favorite seasonal activity. 

We'll see you on board (and save you some cider, too). 

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Best fall foliage cruises

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Circle Line Annual Bear Mountain Day Cruise

Start the season on a high note with the behemoth of NYC cruises. This particular journey takes passengers up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park, and the best part of all is that once the cruise docks, you'll be able to enjoy the festivities of Onboard Oktoberfest. Kiddies will love a ride on the carousel and a quick trip to the local petting zoo. 

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Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

Let's face it: You're going to head to plenty of autumn brunches. Spice things up by taking in a few gorgeous views along the way. With this cruise, you'll catch glimpses of the beautiful leaves while aboard a '20s-style yacht munching on the breakfast buffet. Which way to the pastries? 

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Scenic Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

Munch on a creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole, bust a few moves on the dance floor, enjoy interactive games and finish up the experience with a bite of the caramel apple bread pudding. Spirit Cruises lets you enjoy the best of the season, while taking in the season's best views. 

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Fall Foliage Schooner Sail

Catch your ride aboard the schooner sail for a trip from the Hudson River to the Palisades as the leaves change colors and the air gets a bit cooler. Compilmentary beverages (hot coco for the young and young at heart, plus beer, wine and champagne for mom and dad) are the perfect way to set sail into autumnal bliss. Passengers are encouraged to dress in layers and bring their own picnic. 

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