Half-price sunset cruises in northeast cities

What’s more glamorous than spending the evening drinking, dining and dancing while gliding down a river, watching a city transform from golden sunset to glittering skyline?

No wonder this tradition has lasted more than a century! Moonlit river floats were the rage in many cities by 1900, when an evening steamer ride for 50 on the Schuylkill River cost a dollar a head and covered a five-piece orchestra and fireworks.

River excursions are bit pricier now, but they come in every flavor – from floating happy hours with DJs to elegant dining with live bands. Click on “sign up here” to experience one at half price this summer:

 

BALTIMORE

Sip cocktails as you cruise the Inner Harbor aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. Then enjoy a dinner buffet as the sun drops and the Baltimore skyline lights up, and dance to top 40 hits played by a DJ.

WHERE: Spirit Cruise Ships, Inner Harbor, 561 Light Street, Baltimore

DEAL: Sign up here for $58 tickets (normally $97)

 

BOSTON

Climb aboard the Spirit of Boston for a memorable cruise of the historic Seaport District, a buffet brunch, lunch or dinner. Then dance to music played by one of the city’s best DJs, enjoy Broadway-style entertainment, and take in views of Boston landmarks and glittering skyline as the sun drops and the lights come on.

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. Boston

DEAL: Sign up here for $65 to $73 tickets (normally $109 to $122)

 

NEW YORK CITY

Buffet cruise aboard the Spirit offers a buffet served by singing waitstaff, dancing to a DJ, and views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, and the Financial District.

WHERE: The Spirit of New York, Spirit Cruises New York Dock, Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, NYC

DEAL: Sign up here to get $72 – $76 tickets (normally $120 – $126)

 

PHILADELPHIA

Dinner cruise on the Delaware River aboard the newly-renovated Spirit of Philadelphia lasts three hours and includes a dinner buffet, carving station, singing waitstaff, and views of Philadelphia’s skyline. After dinner, DJs play dance music, the cash bar opens, and you can relax on the largest outdoor deck in the city.

WHERE: Spirit of Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing Dock, 3 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $63 tickets (normally $104)

 

WASHINGTON DC

Cruise the Potomac River as the sun sets, enjoying cocktails on the observation deck, then sit down to a leisurely four-course dinner prepared by a master chef and dance to a live band as those famous monuments light up.

WHERE: Odyssey Cruises, Sixth and Water Street, SW, Washington, DC

DEAL: Sign up here for $82 to $92 tickets (normally $137 to $153)

 

 

Stand-up and improv comedy coast to coast at half price

If you love a good laugh, nothing beats stand-up comedy at its best. When they’re not on Comedy Central or late night talk shows, the funniest comedians are honing their skills – that is, reducing audiences to hysteria – on the comedy circuit. Here’s a chance to see them live in your own city. (Check back for regular updates.)

 

ATLANTA

Improv Comedy at the Basement Theatre (The Basement Theatre, 175 West Wieuca Rd NE, Atlanta) Friday nights at 8 pm you can watch Chicago-style long-form comedy improve. Saturdays nights bring “Down in the Basement” (8 pm) with two shows, two distinct improv styles, and “Improv Blender” (10 pm) a mix of improv styles all based on audience suggestions.

Sign up here for $5 tickets (normally $10) to Friday & Saturday evening shows.

 

BALTIMORE

Baltimore Comedy Factory (Power Plant Live Complex, 6 Market Place, Baltimore) hosts nationally-known stand-up comics seen on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, BET, and the Tonight Show. In July: Trevor Noah, Mickey Cucchiella, and Josh Wolf (Last Comic Standing, My Name is Earl, E!). In August: Deon Cole (Tonight Show, Laffapalooza, Def Comedy Jam) and Ian Bagg (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).

Sign up here for $8.50 tickets (normally $17) for Friday & Saturday evening shows

 

BOSTON

Improv Asylum (216 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113) presents Nostalg-sick on Thursday nights. A troupe of actors and a musician improvise sketches based on audience suggestions, creating an unpredictable and often hilarious live performance.

Sign up here for $10 tickets (normally $20) for Nostalg-sick, 8 pm Thursdays.

 

CHICAGO

As you’d expect from the town that brought us The Second City, Chicago truly is comedy central. Top-rated shows and venues are endless in the Windy City, for both stand-up and improv, but here are a few of the best at half price:

 

Jokes & Notes Comedy Club (4641 South King Drive Chicago)

Sign up here for $5 – $10 tickets (normally $10 – $20) for 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday shows.

 

Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway St Chicago)

Sign up here for $5 tickets (normally $10) for 8 pm shows.

 

Laugh Outloud Theater (601 North Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL)

Sign up here for $9.50 tickets (normally $19) for Weekend Improv comedy shows, Friday & Saturdays evenings.

 

Chemically Imbalanced Theater (1420 West Irving Park Road, Chicago)

Sign up here for $7.50 tickets (normally $15) to Pimprov, 10:30 pm Fridays.

 

UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Avenue, Chicago)

Sign up for $8 tickets (normally $16) to¬†The Second City’s Improv All-Stars, 8 pm Mondays.

Sign up here for $11 tickets (normally $22) to Best of The Second City, 8 pm Tuesdays, 1 pm Sundays.

Sign up here for $15 tickets (normally $30) to see One Nation Under 1%

 

DALLAS

Addison Improv Comedy Club (4980 Belt Line Road #250, Dallas) showcases nationally-known comedians at their evening dinner shows. They also have a family-friendly afternoon show. Here’s your chance to get in half-price:

Sign up here for $6 tickets (normally $12) to Family Comedy & Magic 2 pm, Sundays.

 

NEW YORK CITY

EastVille Comedy Club (85 E. 4th Street, between 2nd Ave and Bowery, NYC) showcases celebrity comedians familiar from film, late night TV, HBO and Comedy Central.

Sign up here for FREE admission (normally $10 – 20) to see Janeane Garofalo (West Wing, The Truth About Cats and Dogs), Gary Gulman, Christian Finnegan, Andrew Schultz, Mike Britt, Ted Alexandro, Mike Yard

 

New York Comedy Club (241 E. 24th Street, New York City) presents Sunday Night Live shows hosted by Jamie Roberts and featuring comedians who appear on Comedy Central, Showtime, and late night shows.

Sign up here for FREE admission (normally $15) for 8 pm Sunday shows

 

PHILADELPHIA

ComedySportz at The Playground, Adrienne Theatre (2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia) is the live theatrical version of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? – improvisational comedic one-upmanship. Comedians engage in a battle of wits with a referee keeping score and audience participation.

Sign up here for $8.50 tickets (normally $17) to Friday & Saturday ComedySportz evening shows

Sign up here for $5 tickets (normally $10) to ComedySports for Kids, 11 am on Sundays

 

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