Just like that, summer is almost out the door, and autumn will be here before you can longingly whisper "pumpkin spice latte." Don't get sad! Fall means decorative gourds, body-engulfing scarves and Oktoberfest. This year, there's a plethora of Oktoberfest events in NYC to choose from, but the chill Oktoberfest party cruise New Yorkers can take upstate is perhaps the most unique.
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Brought to beer lovers by Circle Line Sightseeing as an upgrade to the usual Dayliner route to Bear Mountain, the two-and-a-half hour Oktoberfest cruise up the Hudson gives gorgeous views of New York's natural beauty through sightseeing windows while guests dine on classic German food and beer. All the staples are covered, with traditional Bavarian pretzels and choice of two plates: a Schaller & Weber bratwurst or thin-pounded pork schnitzel, both served with sauerkraut and warm potato salad. Diners can supplement the meal in the cafe, stocked with salads, sandwiches, snacks and a full bar serving beer, wine and cocktails.
While aboard, German oom-pah and polka bands will serenade party cruisers. Docking at Bear Mountain for three hours, those revelers can then walk off all that wurst at more than 50 of the park's hike and bike trails, paddle around the lake or visit the zoo. Get your tickets here—the cruise series operates on Saturdays and Sundays from September 17 through November 6.