The number one recommendation I have for friends or family visiting is to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It's free and it offers a great view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty. And it's FREE!
The Staten Island Ferry is another MUST when in New York. And the best part... aside from the views and the cool air of the harbor is... it's FREE!! Although some who use it are tourists, most are commuters to Staten Island, and it's hard to believe that even they are out there enjoying the views. It's a terrific way to see the city from a different perspective.
Hoping on board a ferry to Staten island... is something u don't want to miss especially if the ride is absolutely FOC !!! Staten island transportation and sightseeing treasures is actually the municipal service since 1905, and meant for commuter route between Staten Island and lower Manhattan. The ferry ride covers a glorious, 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and lower Manhattan….at no cost...
About the Operator:
New York City Department of Transportation
Staten Island Division
St. George Ferry Terminal,
Staten Island, New York 10301
Departs the St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.
Arrives at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan.
ATTN: People with disabilities should use the upper level. Elevator available at the Whitehall Terminal
Arrival and departure times are subject to change. Because of security concerns, there are no vehicles allowed on the ferry until further notice. For updates, call 311. A piece of advise, the terminal is really packed on weekends so u might want to schedules ur ride on weekdays if possible.
How to get to the terminal??
Public Transportation Connections
The Staten Island Terminal is served by the Staten Island Railway and the S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S67, S74, S76, S78, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 bus routes.
Passengers arriving at the Whitehall Terminal are within a short walking distance from the 1, 9, 4, 5, N, R subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines.
If you take this free ferry, which leaves New York every half hour, to Staten Island, it takes you in good proximity to the Statue of Liberty, with a zoom lens you get some good pictures.
Best of all, its completely free!
We took a ferry out and the next one straight back again.
The Staten Island ferry is a great way to get close to the Statue of Liberty without having to pay.
All you have to do is get onto the ferry at Battery Park, get yourself a seat (maybe grab a hot dog!!) and enjoy the views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
Skip the Circle Line tour and opt instead for a quick jaunt on the Staten Island Ferry. One of the best attractions in the city is completely free.
The 30 minute trip (each way) provides a fantastic views of the lower manhattan skyline, the brooklyn bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
Grab a lunch to-go at a nearby shop and enjoy on board for a relaxing mid-day break.
Take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall St. in Manhattan by taking N, R, or W train. Its a cheap ride under a dollar but you can see the beautiful skyline of Manhattan. Nothing much to see in staten Island but its definitely worth to take a round trip with this ferry !!
That ferry is on a 30 minute interval.
This is a great tour to see the South Manhattan landscape, the Liberty Statue, Ellis Island... all without paying a penny! Since Giuliani, this ferry service is free (before, it was 50 cents, so still worthy), and takes you for about an hour to go and back. A nice time break while visiting downtown, so you can focus your sights a little far away after the narrow streets and skywrappers!
Everyone who ever comes to NYC probably rides on the Staten Island Ferry. It's probably the only decent thing that's free in the whole town and you do get an impressive view of the skyline and the harbour area. This is definatley better than paying to go on one of those tour boats if you only want to take a few pics.
You will read in all the guidebooks to take the free trip onboard the Staten Island ferry and you should really try and do so, firstly it lets you get as near to the Statue of Liberty as i believe is required and also gives you a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.
I would advise that you make your way to the opposite end of the ferry you board from quite sharpish in order to get a good vantage point in the open air deck. This area became a bitty crowded as the ferry filled up but we had managed to park ourselves in prime position.
You pass closer to the statue of Liberty on the return journey from Staten Island to Manhattan. We did not hang about for anytime in Staten Island so i could not say wether it would be worth a look around, we decided just to hop right back on the next departing ferry.
We actaully arrived in New York the same week that the Staten Island Ferry crashed into the pier at the Staten Island end, when unfortuantely there were a number of casualties.
A return trip on the Staten Island Ferry is a must and is an ideal way to start any trip to NYC. I strongly recommend taking both a day and a night trip on the ferry, it's really worth it!
The ferry is frequent throughout most of the day and completely free of charge. There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Of course as a tourist you'll want to be outside with a camera whatever the weather!
Take the Staten island ferry at night for a gorgeous view of Manhattan and lady liberty.
The staten island ferry is free!!!!!!
Take the 1 downtown to south ferry and make sure your are in one the first five cars.
Another one I want to propose is to take ferry to Staten Island . The ferry just pass the Statue of Liberty island. You can have a view to the statue,
*Statue of Liberty info:
This is the Statue of Liberty. It was given to the US from France. When I went to Paris, I saw the small model of the statue. It is on the Sienne River.
I took a ferry ride, which is free and it takes you pretty close to the statue. You can click on the picture to enlarge it. The statue was closed to go up to observe the city, so I took the ferry boat.
This makes 3 times that I could not go up the Statue of Liberty. In June, there was a raised terror alert, so it was also closed. Maybe next visit!!
If you want a great (and totaly free) view on the skyline of Manhattan you have to take the ferry to Staten Island. You will have magnificent views if you take the ferry at sunset. Not only that, but you can also take a good look at the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. She is very beautiful at sunset ☺