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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.



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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In a city where very few things are free, Staten Island Ferry is a true tourist find. It connects the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, offers pretty much the same views as paid Statue of Liberty boat tours (that also depart nearby) and it’s free! Additional life hack? Look to your right when traveling from Manhattan, try to take 

the ferry before the 5 pm rush hour kicks in and take the ferry right back (will take an hour all in all).


The Staten Island Ferry. I think I've only been on the staten island ferry once. Other times I've been driven into the island. And I only rode it for fun! My boyfriend said he likes to just go on the deck during the summer time and ride it to think. So one summer day, I went along. It is really nice. You get to see a great view of the city, the weather was perfect, with just a little bit of wind. I don't like seeing things through a window, so I would suggest going upstairs for the best view. However, you kinda gotta try to be one of the first people on the boat. On the way there, we were outside but stuck behind some people. On the way back, we were one of the first boarders and were able to snag a seat upstairs. The ride itself is maybe 20 minutes. We didn't have anything to do in staten island so I'm not sure how you commute from that point (probably the bus). We just rode it to the dock and then came right back haha. Overall, I nice, free way to see some scenic New York.

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.

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.