Our trip did not allow time to go out to liberty island to see the Statue so we did the next best thing which also happens to be free. We took the Staten Island Ferry over and back. The ride was about 20 mins over and we got off and right back on the next ferry and came back to Manhattan. There were a lot of people on the ferry but they are huge and it had plenty of seats at 5:30 pm on a Sunday. Sit on the right side for a fairly close view of the Statue of Liberty and it was free. Thank you tax payers of New York!!