New York City Sights

Staten Island Ferry

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/26/2015

Fodor's Review

Every day, some 70,000 people ride the free ferry to Staten Island, one of the city's outer boroughs, and you should be one of them. Without paying a cent, you get phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island during the 25-minute boat ride across New York Harbor. Youalso pass tugboats, freighters, and cruise ships—a reminder that this is very much still a working harbor. The boat embarks every 15 to 30 minutes from the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall and South streets, near the east end of Battery Park. You must disembark once you reach the opposite terminal, but you can just get back in line to board again if you don't plan to stay.

  • Boat, Staten Island Ferry, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Libery, New York Harbour, Financial District, New York City, New York, USA, North America

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Battery Park, New York, New York, USA




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  • Free

Published 06/26/2015


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