Staten Island, NY

New York's Fleet Week Is Back For Its 35th Year

Anne Spollen

It's back and open for tours: New York's Fleet Week that runs from May 24 through May 30. Fleet Week combines the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard recently deployed, active military ships that conduct overseas operations. The ships dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. Currently, it is New York's turn. Tours of the ships are available from Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 88 (except for Sunday), and Pier 90 in Manhattan, and the Homeport Pier in Staten Island. All tours are open to the public and free.

2023 marks Fleet Week New York's 35th year of offering city residents a chance to meet U.S. Navy sailors, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard members, as well as learn about the latest maritime capabilities of the United States.

Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and clothing. As the ships are an industrial environment, avoid high heels, scarves, necklaces, and open toed shoes, or any accessory or object that could get caught.

There is no age requirement to tour USN, USNA, USCG, and Royal Navy ships during FWNY, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federally issued picture ID.

Baby carriages and strollers are allowed on the pier, but not on the ships.

The pier facilities and the exhibit area in Manhattan and Staten Island are handicap accessible, but the ships are not.

Some photography is permitted aboard the ships; however, photos of security personnel or procedures are prohibited.

The following are also prohibited: animals; vapes, or any electronic smoking devices; bottles, water bottles, cans, or glass containers of any type; banners, posters, or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals. The military services reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed here.

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