NOTE: This area is in recovery as much of it was restored by Hurricane Sandy. The museum is currently closed for repairs.
South Street Seaport is a fun though touristy place to visit. In the early 1800s it was a hub of activity filled with sailors and merchants. The 19th century facades have been restored now and it is a shopping area with a bright and modern museum. At the South Street Seaport Museum you can board a red-hulled 1908 lightship, the Ambrose (closed until spring 2014)- kids love this treat! It's fun to walk inside the officer's cabins. There are also tugboats and fishing schooners to see from a distance. It's fascinating to read the exhibits and find out about the history of this area and how it changed over time. There are some great historical photos, as well as photos about Occupy Wall Street. The building itself has a very interesting history and you can see it through the graffiti on the walls and the uneven floors. Kids will enjoy all the special activities that this area provides, including a chance to try printmaking at the 19th century printshop inside the museum.
For $25 per person you can take a two-hour sail on the 1885 Pioneer schooner, offered April- September. You will be given a chance to raise the sails yourself!
For a more laid-back way to enjoy this area, find a bench and just sit back and enjoy the views of the river.
South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street, call (212) 748-8600. Cost is $8.
Pioneer sail trips, call (212) 748-8600. $25 per person.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.