This is undoubtedly New York City's best free ride. The 25-minute trip across New York Harbor should give you ample ... More
Staten Island Ferry
This is undoubtedly New York City's best free ride. The 25-minute trip across New York Harbor should give you ample opportunity to see such nearby sites as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and lower Manhattan's skyscrapers. The ferry is free and departs from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. During rush hour, it is filled with Staten Island residents going to or from work in Manhattan. Cars and motorcycles are not allowed on the ferry.
you do realize this is not a tourist attraction but it is a way for commuters to get back and forth from the city to home. Its interesting if you want to take photos why you're on the water but, the majority of riders are using it as transportation not a trip around the harbor. One of the good qualities, if you were to use it for "sight seeing" is it is free and you can hop back on when you get to staten island to go back to the city, or walk down to the ball park on the staten island side (right outside the terminal doors) and see the 9/11 memorial
This is just another part of the Ferry place. grand in it's own right. They do take you on some great view's of the city. Skyline and just all around atmosphere. Everyone can kinda guess what they will see when they load up. Has to be one of the places and attractions to go see.
We loved the Staten Island Ferry. It goes directly in front of the Statue of Liberty with beautiful views of Ellis Island and the Manhatten skyline. I intend to take the trip again at night, I can only imagine how beautiful it would be. They trip is only 25 minutes each way and best of all FREE. You can't find a better sightseeing deal than that!
I enjoy the relaxing ride, enjoy the sights from the front deck. Don't go during rush hour and don't eat the food. I was born and raised on Staten Island and I always plan a trip on the train from Tottenville to St. George and then the Feryy ride.
Beautiful view of the downtown skyline.......
The statue of liberty, Ellis and Governor's Islands, the Verrazano and Goethals Bridges
and of course the Jersey city and Brooklyn skylines as well.
Take a ferry at sunset from manhattan to staten island so that you can see the skyline at day time and then return back at night so that you can see the skyline of manhattan at night..........
You cannot miss this..............its simply awesome........
The Staten Island Ferry is an excellent way to end a busy day of sightseeing in NYC. You can sit back on the ferry and enjoy spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and lower Manhattan. If your feet are aching and looking for a nice place to rest, this is the place to go!
Okay, so it's not the Plaza -- it's not even the Observatory deck of the Empire State Building. However, the Staten Island Ferry is free ... and, if you take it at night in my opinion you'll catch the best view of the city and of the Statue of Liberty. It's worth your time! ... on a cool summer night --Beautiful!
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