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Staten Island Ferry
Type: Free Attractions, Tours and Excursions
Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of Liberty, ahead on the right and the sleek Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating the left. Then you realize that... Read More
Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of Liberty, ahead on the right and the sleek Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating the left. Then you realize that skyscrapers are assuming postcard dimensions of grandeur behind you. It is New York, even America, at its best, a truly thrilling experience. The magnificence of the Brooklyn Bridge soon completes the view behind you on the right. And best of all, it's free! Once at the terminal on the Staten Island side, grab a departing boat (or stay for dinner), then enjoy the dramatic view in reverse. Hint: avoid the newer, faster craft with no outside deck.
New York, NY 10004
- Free Things to Do: "On the other side, check out Enoteca Maria, a casual joint that features different nonnas from around the world cooking in the kitchen."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "If you're hungry on the Staten Island side, there's an Italian joint within walking distance of the ferry. It's called Enoteca Maria and a different Italian nonna cooks dinner there every night."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: It's the best way to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for free.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: It's a free, unobstructed view of the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan skyline. What could be better?
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