Staten Island Ferry is a lot of fun
Sure, you’ll find the Staten Island Ferry on almost every New York City tourist guide, but there’s a reason. This free ferry provides breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor, and the 25-minute, one-way trip is just long enough to hold your child’s attention.
Staten Island Ferry heading to Manhattan from Staten Island. Photo: @lucascompan
Since the beginning of this joyful trip, you will see dozens of seagulls welcoming you, and some of them escorting the ferry almost all your way to Staten Island. Kids LOVE it! This five-mile (eight-kilometer) sail is one of the world’s best free rides with unbeatable views of New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan – One WTC, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Verrazzano Bridge.
Watch a beautiful sunset from the Staten Island Ferry
It feels like you’re on the Ferry approaching Manhattan
At the Whitehall Terminal at the tip of Manhattan, a 75-foot-high entry hall greets riders with panoramic views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. On beautiful days a rooftop viewing deck with benches is an excellent place to go while waiting for the next boat. The closest subway station is South Ferry, served by the 1 and 9 lines. The ferry is basic transportation to Manhattan for residents of Staten Island so avoid morning and evening rush hours when commuters crowd the terminal. This is one city attraction that is quieter on weekends. Also, avoid rush hours in the morning and in the evening. Afternoons are perfect to take this fun ride. Enjoy!
Take the R or W trains to Whitehall Terminal
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