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Hidden Harbor Tours® go behind the scenes to places most people never see.

What Are They?   




Hidden Harbor Tours®

What Are They?

The primary activity of WHC is the sponsorship of tours of New York and New Jersey's working waterfront – places that are normally hidden from the eyes of most area residents and visitors. We call them Hidden Harbor Tours®.

We offer these tours throughout the summer, typically from May to October. Tours are narrated by people who know the harbor intimately-- tugboat captains, maritime historians and other experts. We visit places like the tugboat berths in Erie Basin and Kill Van Kull, container, breakbulk, oil and car ports in Brooklyn and New Jersey, Newtown Creek and many other locations.

The world of working maritime vessels and facilities is both fascinating as well as vitally important to the area's economic well being. Want to know where your Toyota came in? How the ingredients for your chocolate bar got here? How your trash is removed? Welcome to the working waterfront.

Photos (c) Mitch Waxman

  • The tours do not take place on a tug.
  • Narration by guests from the maritime industry (names to be announced).






A tug near the Statue of Liberty. Photo by Bernard Ente on a Hidden Harbor Tour.
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