The Staten Island Ferry is a free service and goes past the Statue of Liberty. On the way to Staten Island out sit on right side and on the way back the left. Before the boat docks try and get to the front and race through to the entrance. Turn immediately to your right and try and catch the ferry back or you will be waiting half an hour. The JFK ferry has a place where you can sit at the back whereas the older Staten Island ferries don’t. In winter the windows are shut so you won’t get perfect photos. Better to sit in the cold to get a clear view.
Probably the best views of Lower Manhatten. And it's free for the round trip. It does get packed with tourists all vying for the best spot to take pics, but worth it. We did get off on Staten Island for a bit of a wander, but unless you have some time to get on a bus and away from the ferry port, there isn't a lot there. Most people, I think, just stay on the ferry over and back.
You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Statue Of Liberty from the ferryboat to Staten Island.
Go to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and take Staten Island Ferry.
*free of charge
*service available every 15 to 30 minutes
*Takes 25 minutes to Staten Island
*Get off at Staten Island, and get on board another ferry to come back to Manhattan.
The Staten Island Ferry is one of my favorite ways to get into the City. The ride back and forth is about 1/2hr each way. You will get great views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island if you ride on the right side going to SI, or to the left going into NYC. I would suggest you explore this area of the city, a quick walk through from Seaport to Canal Street, (Chinatown, Little Italy)would take you approximately 1 1/2 hrs (not stopping anywhere); however there are many sights to see on the way. You can easily spend an entire day in this area.
Mayor Giuliani made this boat trip from Whitehall Terminal to Staten Island free for everybody. Intended for commuters, but often used by tourists, this is an excellent and cheap way to have a peak at the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of Lower Manhattan (picture: 17 State Street). The boat trip takes about 30 minutes each way.
If you wanna see the Statue of Liberty but don't necessarily need to visit it, then hop on the FREE Staten Island Ferry. You need to hurry to the deck when you get in because you won't be the only one to have thought of this, but it is most definitely worth it.
Riding for free on the ferry was one of my favorite things to do in NYC. We didn't have time to visit Staten Island itself, but the ride was worth it. Classic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, and you can re-live your favorite scene of the movie "Working Girl" from the 1980's :) The trip also provides some time to write those postcards you've put off writing and provides you with a great ambiance to complete them in. The trip is approx 20-30 minutes one way. Once in Staten Island you MUST step off the ship and enter again through the terminal. Don't be alarmed when they require you to get off and get back on for the round trip, we were able to get right back on the ferry.
The Staten Island Ferry, like the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, is one of New York's great _free_ attractions. Going out, you get a striking view of the Statue of Liberty. Coming back, standing at the rail and the ferry steams toward the towers of Lower Manhattan, you feel just like Barbra Steisand in "Funny Girl."
Unfortunately, my camera was having "issues" that day, and this is the only one of my Ferry pictures that turned out.
If your time is as limited as mine was, and money is tight, take the Staten Island Ferry. Not to see Staten Island, but to take in New York's fabled skyline. This is my first choice of things to do in New York.
Its free and you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return.
This is a great way to get a sense of New York City, if you don't have time to go to the statue of Liberty or the Ellis Island. I took the Staten Island ferry just for taking pictures of the surrounding area as well as a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island. I didn't have to do anything else, just sit down, or walk around taking pictures while the ferry cruised to the Staten Island. If you want, you can also go to the Staten Island and go around there, but since I didn't know anybody there, I just stayed in the ferry. But I think it was well worth the trip because I took some great and memorable pictures while I was on the ferry.
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.
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 don't care about lining up for the ferry to Statue of liberty, you could take the free Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island. And enjoy the view of Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty from a distance.
Staten Island Ferry - This ferry runs every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The journey takes about 25 minutes and it is FREE!!!!
This day was not very good and therefore the photo is not that great.