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The Frying Pan, New York City
Now here’s a treat: soaking up water views from a boat, without leaving Manhattan. This 1929 lightship sunk in the Chesapeake Bay before being salvaged and sailed in 1989 to New York, where it’s docked on a railroad car barge at Pier 66 Maritime on the Hudson River. It made the New York State and federal Registers of Historic Places because only 13 of 100 total floating lighthouses remain. The exterior was restored to its original appearance, with umbrellas and café tables added to the top deck, while the boat’s barnacle-covered interior solidifies the dive vibe. So in dive fashion, take up a stranger in a foosball or a Ping-Pong game, domestic light beer in hand.