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Staten Island Ferry

4 South Street, New York City, NY 10004
(718) 727-2508
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Ranked #42 of 859 attractions in New York City
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Type: Ferries/ Boats
Description: Used for sightseeing and transportation for commuters.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Great views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn bridge, Governors Island, Ellis Island and the statue of liberty and it is FREE, popular and busy but less time in a queue than cruises we paid for. Would suggest you take in the view of The Brooklyn bridge and Governors island onee way and Statue of Liberty the other way. You can... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Pros: the right side of the ferry is where you want to sit - lots of photo opps. FREE - including entertainment (donation is appreciated) Cons: not sure if anyone think of an app to explain what we were watching, we were able to identify some distinguish architectures but not all Definitely worth the trip (2 hrs)

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Some friends of our who live in LI suggested we take the FREE Staten Island Ferry (SIF) over and back as an alternative to paying the $80.00 and the 2+ hour line to take a ferry to Liberty Island. The SIF, as I've said is totally free and sails right past Lady Liberty. No waiting. Snacks and drinks available if... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Prepare for craziness "lining up" to get on the ferry. If you want to see Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty on the way to Staten Island make sure you get on the right side ...and on the way back, on the left. Prime spots...line up early! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

One of the best trips in NYC is on the Staten Island Ferry. I love standing on the back of the boat as the ferry leaves Manhattan. The city looks magnificent! Soon you glide past the Statue of Liberty and feel as if you can reach out and touch her. As you pass Ellis Island you can almost see the... More

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Rainsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

As a money saver, we decided to take this ferry instead of actually going to the Statue of Liberty. We were very pleased with our view of the statue and enjoyed being out on the water. We timed our visit to travel to Staten Island a little before sunset, ate dinner, and then got the night view of the statue... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The only advantage I can find Staten Island Ferry is that it is free. Crowded. Sails far from Lady Liberty (understandable as it is free). You spend most of the time going up and down the ferry. However, as a compensation, you get nice views of Lower Manhattan skyline. On boarding the ferry it is advisable to go to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We went at night as we wanted to see the statue and Brooklyn Bridge lit up. We saw both and liked it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I can understand why people board the ferry to go to Staten Island and come right back, it's free and you get a decent view of the statue of liberty. But if I had only a few days in NYC, i wouldn't waste it on this ride. Plus, be mindful of the commuters and don't, under any circumstances, get on... More

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It's free and you get to take pictures of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty....what more can you ask?

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