DIY: Statue of Liberty cruise vs Staten Island ferry

Statue of liberty cruise
The Lady Liberty (Pic from www.wikimedia.org)

The Lady Liberty is one of New York City’s top sights and each year hundreds flock to see her. The best way to visit is via a Statue of Liberty cruise, run by Circle Line Cruises. The cruise takes you to Liberty Island itself, where you can get off and explore the Statue for $29. However, if you are simply interested in viewing the Statue of Liberty from the water, another option is to make up your own Statue of Liberty cruise via the ferry to Staten Island.

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Statue of liberty cruise
Whitehall Terminal (Pic from www.tishmanconstruction.tishman.com)

Step 1: Get to the ferry terminal

From Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry departs from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan, located at 4 South Street. The nearest subway stop is South Ferry on the 1 train, but the N, R, W, 4, 5 and J, M, Z trains also stop nearby. The ferry runs throughout the day, every day. Scheduled times are usually every 15 minutes in peak times, then every half hour or hour at night and on weekends. The Staten Island Ferry Schedule gives exact times.

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Statue of liberty cruise
Staten Island Ferry (Pic from www.cbsnewyork.com)

Step 2: Get onboard

The best part is that if you arrive at Whitehall Terminal via subway or a local bus, the Staten Island Ferry is completely free – as long as you have a Metrocard. The best seats are on the benches along the sides of the ferry. The ride takes about 30 minutes each way and you’ll be able to spot Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown Manhattan and Ellis Island along the way.

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  1. 2wisemonkeys says:

    We went on Staten Island Ferry – definitely gives a great view of the statue 🙂

    1. I love the Staten Island ferry! Though I’ve heard that it costs the travel authorities about $4.50 per person, so it’s not really free!

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