Boat Tours on Cayuga Lake


Ithaca Boat Tours offers a wide variety of narrated boat tours and relaxing cruises that depart from Ithaca, New York. Enjoy the sunset, learn about the history of the area, or enjoy a glass wine with friends or family during any number of special event cruises we offer.



With over 200 vendors just steps away from the boat, everyone will discover a variety of amazing prepared meals, wines and cheeses to bring onboard and enjoy during an afternoon or evening tour.

Pay-as-you-board | CC Payments Welcome | No Reservations Accepted For These Cruises | Departing from Steamboat Landing at 545 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Click Address For Map)

Simply Follow Market Boardwalk to the Dock, Boat will Be Present at least 15 Minutes Prior to Departure Time | Line Begins Beneath Dock Gazebo 

1-Hr Weekend Farmers Market Cruise $25

May through October

Come enjoy Cayuga Lake in a way that you can only experience from a boat. Learn about the geology that carved the lake from glaciers and the communities that have made homes on the water for hundreds of years.  

Additional Market Information :  Ithaca Farmers' Market Website

Ithaca Farmers Market Departures, 2019 Schedule

Tours and Cruises by reservation and descriptions

Fall Season Reservation Policy

Reservations are required for all Home Dock Departures during September and October. Tours and Cruises which do not meet our minimum passenger requirements 2 hrs prior to the scheduled departure time are subject to cancelation. Passengers booked on any canceled cruise will receive a full refund and be notified by email, phone, and text 2 hrs prior to departure time. We kindly request reservations be made at least 2.5 hrs ahead of time so we may accurately assess the expected passenger attendance.

Be sure to book your cruise 2.5 hrs prior to help ensure that it will run !


Autumn Afternoon & Leaf Lover's Cruise

Reservations Requested 2.5Hrs Prior to Departure Time | Departing From 416 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca NY 

Join us this autumn for an afternoon cruise, scheduled around the warmest and most beautifully lit time of day. This 2 hour excursion will delight your senses as cooler weather begins to turn our Cayuga Lakeshore greenery into a beautiful blazing landscape! Blankets and our heated cabin will provide warmth as needed. Tours denoted with "Leaf Lover's" within the title will appear once we see the foliage colors beginning, so check back frequently if seeking the colors of fall.


CHILDREN (2-12) $24

INFANTS (Under 2) $0



Reservations Requested 2.5Hrs Prior to Departure Time | Departing From 416 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca NY (Click Address for Directions)

Pack a picnic lunch for this wonderful afternoon cruise, or bring a bottle of wine ! Enjoy your meal while cruising up the lake taking in the sights. Discover architectural wonders nestled under lush forest, dramatic rock outcroppings and hidden waterfalls on this relaxing 2 hour tour.  We recommend Greenstar Co-op just a few blocks away from our home dock, they have a wonderful hot bar and salad bar with a wide selection of to-go lunch options. Greenstar Google Map Link


CHILDREN (2-12) $25

INFANTS (Under 2) $0

Cruise Dates & Booking
Picnic Lunch Cruise Ithaca Boat Tours Night Time


Reservations Requested 2.5Hrs Prior to Departure Time | Departing From 416 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca NY (Click Address for Directions)

Begins Approximately 1-Hr Before Sunset, Check Calendar For Exact Time

A more laid-back narrated tour where we encourage you to bring your beverages and celebrate the end of a great day- Cayuga Lake style. Blankets and Heated Cabin Available For this Autumn Sunset Series. This cruise captures the sunset as we make our way back to our home dock


CHILDREN (2-12) $18

INFANTS (Under 2) $0

Cruise Dates & Booking
Autumn Sunset Cruise Ithaca Boat Tours


Reservations Requested 2.5Hrs Prior to Departure Time | Departing From 416 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca NY (Click Address for Directions)

Begin your happy-hour aboard the M/V Haendel. Choose from our well curated selection of complimentary wines that includes Dry Roses, White and Red Wines. Our late afternoon 90-minute cruise is lightly narrated- instead, our crew focuses on maintaining a glass of wine in your hand as you relax. Take in lakefront sights, meet travelers, or reminisce with old friends alike. We welcome passengers to bring along hors d'oeuvres or other beverages, but we’ve got the wine the covered. 


Wine on the Water Ithaca Boat Tours


Reservations Requested 2.5Hrs Prior to Departure Time | Departure Location May Vary

This 1.5 hour cruise provides our passengers a chance to see the lake delicately illuminated by the light of the moon. Regarded by many as the most beautiful time to see Cayuga Lake and the Lights of the City. BYOB welcome, please no glass beer bottles, wine bottles okay. Limited narration, enjoy our on-board music selection and the company of your friends or special other half.


Cruise Dates & Booking
Moonlight Cruise Ithaca Boat Tours Night Time

Schedule by Day


The M/V Haendel was built in 1965 for the Army Corp of Engineers for use on New York Harbor and the Hudson River as a survey ship. She’s just as charming and unique as the geology surrounding us— a boat lovers' dream. Solidly constructed of steel, and built for coastal use, the M/V Haendel is quite stable and effected minimally by our lake waves.


Learn how our glacial lakes were formed, see historic lake homes, and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Our narrator will regale you with legends, and the lore of the lake once know as Tiohero. Experience the vistas upward in every direction when viewed from the center of lake, a vantage only possible by boat.


Did you smell french fries? The M/V Haendel is fueled with upwards to 50% filtered used restaurant vegetable oil during the warmer parts of the season!


Ithaca Boat Tours now offers Gift Cards ! Our Gift Cards / Gift Certificates are redeemable throughout the season and can be applied towards multiple ticket purchases until the balance reaches zero. A Gift Card code will be emailed that is available for immediate use. You will also have the option to mail (1st Class USPS) a beautifully printed Gift Card directly to the recipient or to yourself. Please allow 3 business days for shipping.

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