Staten Island Ferry

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Staten Island Ferry

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The price of a harbor crossing between Staten Island and lower Manhattan may be the only activity in New York City that’s cheaper today than it was in 1817. Back then, it was 25 cents; today, it’s free. This 24-hour ferry is a lifeline for commuters making their way from NYC’s southernmost borough, but it’s also a boat trip affording some of the finest views in the world. Keep your eyes peeled for Governors Island to the east and Ellis Island and Lady Liberty to the west as the Manhattan skyline recedes in the vessel’s wake.

Venue name: Staten Island Ferry
Address: South St
New York
Cross street: at Whitehall St
Transport: Subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4, 5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall St
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Ashleigh B

This is definitely one of the best free things to do in the city and a perfect way to see the Statue of Liberty. The view of Manhattan slowly getting smaller is strangely calming as it begins to look more and more like toy lego. Stand at the back of the ferry outside for the best experience, it just wouldn’t be right without some salty sea spray. A big bonus is the shop in the middle of the boat where you can stock up on pretzels and beers (or soda if you prefer) to make the journey that little bit more enjoyable. Taking a ride at sunset was particularly beautiful.

Evelyn D

One of the best free views you can get of the city (that's right, this ferry is FREE.) You'll cruise right by Lady Liberty too, and there are tons of skyline photo ops. Worth it just to say you've rode the ferry too.