A free trip encompassing some of New York's best sights

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by alanmack37 on October 13, 2010

For all you budding photographers and tourists out there, you simply have to take the Staten Island ferry. The ferry encircles the Hudson, connecting Staten Island to Manhattan. What is great about this tour is that it is free and you will get to see famous sites, up close and personal.

The ferry leaves from Whitehall and Water Street and leaves frequently. In fact you can get a ferry between the hours of 6am to midnight without having to wait more than half an hour. The subway stations to use the ferry in Manhattan areJ or Z to Broad Street; 1 or 9 to South Ferry; 4 or 5 to Bowling Green. In Staten Island, Staten Island Railway to St. George. An all day ticket for the subway costs $9 at present.

If you come in at the Manhattan side take a quick look at Battery Park where you will see Liberty Island in the distance and theres a great atmosphere in the summer months, with street vendors, entertainers and tourists flocking. I went there on St Patrick's day and there was a great melting pot of people. I spent several minutes taking photos of the beautiful monuments in the Park, buying a real New York hot dog from a food vendor and constantly walking around the area, admiring the great views. Battery Park houses some large buildings at the end of the financial district of New York also.

The ferry offers a wonderful view of the harbor of New York. Among the sights to take in from either side of the vessel, are Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, lower Manhattan and Wall Street's skyscrapers, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn. You will get up close and personal to these sights, so bring your camera to take breathtaking photographs, especially of Liberty Island where i was able to get a nice full figure view of the statue. The Brooklyn bridge with the backdrop of Manhattan's skyscrapers on a sunset night is breathtaking. If you have a professional camera this would make a stunning picture.

The boat itself is nice, but can fill up very quickly and you may get stuck for space. I would recommend to make it to the back of the boat which is the open air part and get to one of the rails at the side. Take care to hang on because the boat gets very rocky on a windy day.

If you simply come for the photographs and views you will need to leave the ferry and reboard in order to make the return journey. However if you decide to explore Staten Island ensure you go to the Staten Island Yankees stadium.

All in all its a great trip, whats more its free. I gasped in awe at the amazing views of Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge in the backdrop. Also If youre interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island without paying the visiting fees you can get good photographs. Totally amazing tourist sites for free. Well recommended.

Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, New York, 10004
(718) 390-5253


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