NYC Boat Trip Destinations: Governor's Island, Red Hook, And Randall's Island

07/12/2012 11:28 am ET

MANHATTAN — Why worry about traffic jams or overcrowded parking lots when you can head to the waterfront to catch a boat and a cool breeze — making the trip outta town part of the weekend fun?

New York City may no longer be the thriving maritime hub it was back when vessels clogged the harbor at the turn of the century, but there are still plenty of options for boat travel.