A historic trading port that dates back to the 1600s, is now home to over 120 shops, restaurants, and pushcarts filled with souvenirs of New York City. There’s always some interesting street performance or music going on. This renovated American landmark is right on Manhattans historic waterfront. Since its restoration in the late ’60s, the South Street Seaport has gone through a period of intense growth.
At the Maritime Crafts Center (Pier 15) youll find craftspeople demonstrating traditional seafaring skills such as woodcarving and model making.
Location: Water St & East River between Fulton St and South St
Telephone: (212) 748-8600
Hours: Open to the public everyday at 10:00am, except Sundays at 11:00am. Restaurants and Bars are open for extended hours.
South Street Seaport Museum
207-213 Front St
Apr 1-Sep 30 Daily 10am-6pm
Oct 1-Mar 31 Sun-Wed and Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Exhibits include a permanent collection of ship models, vintage posters and matchbooks depicting the grand cargo and passenger vessels that sailed into Manhattan’s once-bustling port. There’s also an authentic 19th-century print shop offering free demonstrations; a boat-building program allows volunteers to actually restore old ships.
Walk the cobblestone streets down to the piers where the museum’s fleet of historic ships is docked. The massive Peking and red-hulled Ambrose feature historical displays and preserved officer’s cabins. Other vessels include tugboats, fishing schooners and the 1885 Pioneer, which offers two-hour public voyages daily from April through September during which passengers get to raise the sails themselves
Historic Ships at South Street Seaport
- Ambrose 1908 lightship
- W.O. Decker 1930 Tugboat
- Lettie G. Howard 1893 Schooner
- Peking 1911 Four-masted bark
- Pioneer 1885 Schooner
- Wavetree 1885 3-masted bark
Nearby Places of Interest
- Brooklyn Bridge
- City Hall & City Hall Park
- St. Pauls Chapel
- Woolworth Building
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Wall Street/Financial District
- Federal Hall National Memorial
- New York Stock Exchange
- Staten Island Ferry
- Trinity Church
- Ground Zero
- Fraunces Tavern Museum
- National Museum of the American Indian (Custom House)
- Battery Park
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- Chinatown & Little Italy
Allow a minimum of 2 hours. For a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge, go up to the northeast corner of the outside deck of the third level of Pier 17. Youll see three bridges crossing the East River. An easy way to remember the order of these bridges think of the BMW automobile. B=Brooklyn Bridge. M=Manhattan Bridge. W=Williamsburg Bridge. Restrooms are located on the second level of Pier 17.