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Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour
"This 2-hour tour takes you up in the air above New York City! The entire New York Harbor will be visible including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Staten Island the port of Brooklyn and several miles of the New Jersey coastline. Descend into Brooklyn seeing NYC’s Financial District from across the river followed by historic houses of Brooklyn Heights. You will return over the bridge
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour and Harbor Cruise
"Your experience will begin by boarding a state-of-the-art luxury vehicle. You will be greeted by a licensed professional NYC tour guide and start your adventure to get to know the city of New York.During the tour you will find out information abo the Metropolitan Museum of Art Grand Central Terminal Madison Square Park Wall Street the 9/11 Memorial and more. Continue your experience on a 1-hour guided sightseeing cruise of New York Harbor. Take in the city's most amazing views as you admire the famous Manhattan skyline passing iconic New York attractions including the Statue of Liberty
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Viator VIP: NYC Night Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise
"Your adventure begins at the Downtown Heliport at Pier 6 when you board a luxury helicopter for a 15-minute helicopter flight. Your helicopter flight takes place after dark offering you views of the magnificent New York skyline lit up at night. Listen to your friendly pilot share fascinating facts and anecdotes as you spot some of the city's most famous sights. Marvel at sensational views of the Brooklyn Bridge and World Financial Center Chelsea Piers Time Warner Center and Ground Zero as well as New Jersey attractions such as the Goldman Sachs Tower Colgate Clock and Liberty State Park. After your helicopter ride
From $249.00

Statue of Liberty Tips (40)

Even though you will probably...

Even though you will probably want to see it once, if only for the sake of its Las Vegasesque display of lights, I find Times Square a bit much just about always! Good place to find cheap postcards though: 10 for $1.
If you go to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island I highly suggest you arriving early as lines can be monstrous. Especially on the return!

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fatfrednotte
Aug 26, 2002

The Statue of Liberty is a...

The Statue of Liberty is a waste of time. Look at it from Battery Park but don't spend the time taking the ferry to Liberty Island only to wait for hours to climb to the torch. If you want a view of the skyline, try the Brooklyn Promenade on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Trotsky
Aug 26, 2002

Teh worst thing to do is to...

Teh worst thing to do is to take a tour of anything. I saw a bunch of tourguides leading around people with cameras at every store, TV station, and historial site. It's more fun to look at things at your own pace and you won't have to pay.

Jenna_00
Aug 26, 2002

If you wnat to take the ferry...

If you wnat to take the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, be aware that you will have to wait very looong. Besides, since september last year you are no longer allowed to go inside. I do not think the long lines are worth while.

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DanielF
Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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Statue of Liberty - It was...

Statue of Liberty - It was cool going all the way up to the crown and all, but would not do it ever again. Humongous queue and a less-than-comfortable climb for not even a minute in the tiny tiny room at the top. Instead, for a close look at the statue without paying to go on the island, take the free ferry for Staten Island.

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VTShounen
Aug 26, 2002

Circle Line boat tour around...

Circle Line boat tour around Manhattan. My husband and I decided to do this a few years ago. Big Mistake! Boring. Boat was smelly and crowded and we were trapped for an hour on it. Unless you're a huge boat fan, wouldn't recommend this activity.

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feline01
Aug 26, 2002

hey, everybody loves the...

hey, everybody loves the statue of liberty. next to the flag, it's america's most famous symbol for freedom. but the truth is that the statue of liberty is the epitome of a tourist trap. it takes all day to visit...first you wait in line for the ferry, then you wait in line at the island, then you wait in line to go inside the statue, then you wait in line to go back...


my advice? skip it and say you did it...

technomad
Aug 25, 2002

The Statue of Liberty.
The...

The Statue of Liberty.
The ferry trip to the island is definately worth it but beware, there is only one boat load of people who are allowed up to the crown. This is the first boat out at 8.00am. Everyone else is allowed to the base. I queued for 3 hours to get to the base! It was not worth it, the view was just as good at ground level, save some time and avoid the queues!!!

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Tara2001
Aug 25, 2002

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Statue of Liberty! I always...

Statue of Liberty! I always heard it was fascinating and one should go and see it and climb up to the crown. Well i´ve done it the first i went to New York. I paid my $$$ and took the ferry to Liberty Island, stood in line for about three hours and when it finally was me standing on the platform and looking out of the window i was pretty disappointed. The platform s actually only big enough for two persons and all you get to see is the bridge between New York and New Jersey. But nothing else. Quite unspectacular!!!! It´s not even possible to stay on that platform for a while (if you feel like doing so???) as it´s just too small and you get pushed forward from the following people.
I´d rather recommend taking the Staten Island Ferry on a weekend day. First of all it´s free and second you also get to see the statue.

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hokeypokey
Aug 25, 2002

Well, if you and your...

Well, if you and your friends/family decide that you want to go see the Statue of Liberty, be prepared for crowds. I always have traveled from Liberty State Park (on the Jersey side) by ferry. I would like to let you in on a secret...the food at Liberty State Park is greasy and expensive. If you have the time, pack a picnic basket and take advantage of the park. It gives way to a beautiful view of the New York skyline!!

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ppotts
Aug 24, 2002

If you just want to see the...

If you just want to see the Statue of Liberty and don't want to climb up into her head :) , then don't take the ferry to Liberty Island. Take the ferry to Staten Island. The ferry to Liberty Island cost too much, for the ferry to Staten Island you only pay 1$ for 2 ways. You can take from this ferry also very nice picture of Miss Liberty.

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evilboomer
Aug 24, 2002

C'mon! You know you've got to go!

It's the Statue of Liberty, for gosh sake! You know you have to be able to tell people you've been there.

Unique Suggestions Reserve a few days in advance so you can go up closer.

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Stargazer1
Dec 24, 2006

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City Tours - CityPass

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African Burial Ground National Monument

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Manhattan Municipal Building

Located near the Brooklyn Bridge as a gateway to the financial district, The Muni, as it is often called by New Yorkers, was one of the first skyscrapers built in Manhattan and the first to...
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Tribeca

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Ground Zero - World Trade Center

We walked over here and sat for a while after walking around the 9/11 Memorial. It was a gorgeous and warm afternoon and the breeze off the water was welcoming and refreshing. Directly across from us...
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National September 11 Memorial

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