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“Wow - this to me was part of the "New York" experience”

Staten Island Ferry
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$74.00*
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NYC Highlights Small-Group Tour
Ranked #19 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The Ferry operates between the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The trip is about 25 minutes long. The Ferry is free. The St. George Terminal is located at 1 Bay Street, Staten Island. The Whitehall Terminal is located at 4 South Street, Manhattan. Passengers using wheelchairs are encouraged to use lower-level boarding at both the Whitehall and St. George Terminals. All passengers are required to comply with applicable U.S. Coast Guard Security Regulations regardless of which level they board from. The Staten Island Ferry does not carry cars.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Okay, so we looked like total dorks... and tourist dorks none the less! I must admit, I love subways and mass transit, it is a fun escape from my normal day-to-day drive in the car through my home city. So, as I learned, the Staten Island Ferry is a commuter line to people who live on Staten Island but work in New York City and vice-versa. For a tourist, this was GREAT fun and a fabulous way to see an overview of the city skyline of our National Treasure that is 'The Big Apple.' So you arrive to the free Ferry by way of subway or Taxi, enter what looks like a new & modern airport terminal, and wait for giant automatic doors to open. You walk on to the Ferry which has a large center area that is indoors and windows all the way around. There were restrooms and a less than stellar looking mini-cafe on board... but hey, that Hot Cocoa was a welcome treat despite the appearance of said cafe. The tourists had their faces plastered to all the windows and stood at the bow of the ship outside. The commuters, on the other hand, sat at the center of the Ferry sitting, sleeping, reading, you get it: it was quickly apparent who the commuters were and who the tourists were. It was great fun. BEST PART: Seeing the Statue of Liberty from the Ferry, the way I am sure many immigrants saw her. It was amazing. Once you get to Staten island, you pretty much make U-turn, board the Ferry again, and go back to Manhattan. I loved it!

1  Thank Jeremy L
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Gorgeous view, free ride, need I say more? Do this every time and it never gets old. Was disappointed to see the elevator out though - that was hard with a young child.

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Where else can you get a free 20 minute round trip, up close to the Statue of Liberty and a terrific view of the New York harbor and skyline?

Thank Phillip W
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

The ferry runs every 45-minutes or so and takes half an hour to reach staten Island. You get excellent views of Jersey or Brooklyn, depending on which side of the boat you're stood. And the best part is it's free!

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

For the tourist, this ferry is free, dont complain. It will take you to Staten Island & back to Manhattan. It can be very crowded when you are going during rush hour so try going after. Great view of Statue of Liberty & City skyline.

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