“Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.”

James Taylor

Ever since I was little, I remember going on the Dutch Apple Cruise (141 Broadway, Albany, NY) for either parties or a tour of Albany from the Hudson. If it’s a beautiful day in Upstate New York, there’s no better place to be than on the water. DutchAppleThough most of us think first to travel to Lake George, there’s a great boat ride right in Albany without the Northway trip. According to their website, the Dutch Apple II was built in 1986 and modeled after the Hudson River Dayliners of a earlier era. With the capacity of holding 150 people, there are three floors to choose from. The top, open floor which allows you the best view of the Hudson and surrounding buildings. The middle level is enclosed and able to be utilized as a dance floor with a small amount of seating available for reserved parties and the downstairs is enclosed as well with more tables and chairs for meals or just for some air conditioning if the weather is a little too hot.

If you want to be a part of the Sunday morning charter, you will enjoy an hour tour of the Hudson, Albany and landmarks you pass and then a calm and relaxing boat ride on the way back. For a  sight-seeing cruise, the price is an affordable $17.95. DutchApple2Sight-seeing Cruises include a cash bar that do have hot dogs and chips available but nothing incredibly substantial so make sure you eat right before so you’re not hungry for the 2 hours cruise. It’s a great, relaxing way to see another view of Albany. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful day! For events, look at the calendar on their website and if you’re interested in a boating safety course, they also host those as well.