Staten Island Ferry - Whitehall Terminal

Financial District, New York
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    "Boat trip with an amazing view on the skyline of Manhattan for free."(14 Tips)
    Earl D.
    "southern tip of Manhattan and a glimpse of Lady Liberty."(9 Tips)
    May ♍.
    "free ferry ride"(10 Tips)
    Melody G.
    "The best and free of care view of NYC and the statue of liberty"(70 Tips)
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  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KApril 22, 2013
    Perfect views of the NYC skyline including the Freedom Tower & the Statue of Liberty. If you schedule your departure just right, you can see (& capture) the sunset over the city skyline!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photographers! Check out this vintage Documerica photo of the Statan Island Ferry in 1973. Take a photo of what the area looks like today and submit it to our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • May ♍.
    May ♍July 18, 2016
    A free ferry ride to see the extensive NYC harbour, one of the great assets that made this city possible. An excursion to cool off on the water, watch the city lights/skyline and sure Lady Liberty🗽
  • Sky L.
    Sky LineSeptember 6, 2012
    The Staten Island Ferry (a free 25-minute trip) provides spectacular views of Manhattan. You'll pass by (though not stop at) the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Rob W.
    Rob WMarch 29, 2013
    When leaving from Manhattan Island sit on the right hand side of the boat and the left for the return trip if you want to see the Statue of Liberty. You should really see both sides however
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 29, 2014
    You don't need to push or make long lines. The ferry is very big with plenty of space for everyone. In every floor there is space for good photos of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Brownstone Living NYCNovember 1, 2015
    Great place for a late night date. Both ends are recently renovated w/a 24hr bar that plays music on the Manhattan side & another restaurant on SI side.. Both w/great views. Great for history buffs 2.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PorterOctober 7, 2014
    A great way to see the Statue of Liberty without the lines. Avoid peak hour and join the line but don't worry, the ferry holds heaps! Get a seat by a window that opens and enjoy the ride.
  • Neha S.
    Neha SinghalJanuary 12, 2015
    Its a pretty comfortable ferry and taking it after a good walk across NY helps you relax. You get to see the NY skyline and also the statue of liberty from the side decks of this ferry.
    DHR.comSeptember 29, 2011
    A must-do when in NYC. This will give you a great view of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the NY Harbour. Runs from Battery Park to Staten Island, and is absolutely free.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJuly 23, 2012
    This is a great alternative for those expensive water taxis and boat tours to enjoy the beautiful skyline of New York City! Check out the great view of the State of Liberty :-))
  • Max R.
    Max RodriguezOctober 31, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Free ride across...if you're a tourist reading this take this tip avoid the crowds at the sides just go the lower level and stay in the back ( outside) no tripping over others 2 get a great shot.
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • Gena M.
    Gena MSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    When you get to Staten Island, don't get right back on the boat! Stop by SI Arts' Culture Lounge - check out their rotating exhibit space and pick up a locally made gift from their artist market.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LuqueSeptember 4, 2011
    Fantastic views of Downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty! (24 hrs/day & 365 days/yr. for free) Feel the breeze and enjoy one of the most scenic sunsets ever (front-left side)!
  • Mario C.
    Mario CormierOctober 14, 2016
    For a free cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and unique views of the New-York City skyline, hop on the Staten Island ferry. Even better if you time it to go at dusk.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    One of the best and cheapest things you can do in NYC is take the FREE Staten Island Ferry to the little-visited fifth borough. You pass Governors Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Read more
  • Lidia S.
    Lidia SutorminaDecember 31, 2012
    Must do when in NYC. Ferry is free,mind that only the right side (and not the left one) gives you the view over the Statue of Liberty. Very impressive on sunset!
  • Katricia C.
    Katricia CunninghamJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Lived on Staten Island all my life. The ferry operates 24 hrs a day/7 days a week. Great views of the Statue of Liberty and sitting on the lower level is a great way to avoid the tourists.
  • Aj S.
    Aj SmithJuly 7, 2013
    Just went on for the first time in 2 years and they have now restricted access to the front of the ferry. Best part was standing out there, great breeze, amazing view. But no more. Very disappointing.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 27, 2012
    It might be the worst kept secret in NYC – but impress out-of-towners with a ride and enjoy the best views of the Statue of Liberty. The ride is free…the beer is cheap.
  • Edward G.
    Edward GregoryFebruary 23, 2014
    If you to enjoy a magic movie moment don't ride late night boats. "Noble" & "Austen" are mini ferries with no outdoor viewing decks. You'll just be packed in with tired locals and dirty windows.
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.February 28, 2015
    Trust me. Take the ferry, drink a few beers (best happy hour deals in all of NYC) and enjoy the sights.
  • NYC Percent for Art
    NYC Percent for ArtSeptember 27, 2012
    Ever sat on one of the windy rows of granite benches inside the terminal? Those are actually artworks by Ming Fay, called "Whitehall Crossing," inspired by Native American travel by canoe. Read more
  • Simar S.
    Simar SinghOctober 6, 2014
    A great way to see the Statue of Liberty for free. Be on the right side on the upper deck to get a vantage point. Prefer standings if you need to click pictures like me.
  • travel42
    travel42August 31, 2011
    The Staten Island Ferry takes about 30 minutes each way and offers excellent views of the city, all bridges and the Statue of Liberty. Best of all: it's free!
  • HBO
    HBOFebruary 12, 2013
    Girls happened here. Adam and Ray had a boys-bonding moment when Ray confessed to turning down a threesome and the guys boarded a Staten Island Ferry to return Adam's "break up dog, 'Dog.'"
  • Kaushal A.
    Kaushal AgrawalSeptember 19, 2012
    The ferry to the staten island is free, so don't spend time looking for ticket counter. The ride offers opportunities for great shots of the statue of liberty and Manhattan downtown. Get your camera!
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesApril 18, 2011
    While taking in the sights on the Staten Island Ferry, have a look at this 1970s photo of a trash barge headed down the East River from our Documerica Collection. Don't forget to recycle! Read more
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesDecember 31, 2013
    Use the bottom deck for unobstructed of the Manhatten skyline. Unless you have a zoom lens on your camera, the statue of liberty is quite far away for decent photos
  • Brette C.
    Brette C. 😎🎶June 16, 2011
    A good place to people watch and check out Miss Liberty. A hustle to get onboard - but once on, sit inside below, and grab a sangria or beer for the ride (yes they serve alcohol).
  • 99U
    99UApril 22, 2014
    A free, authentic way to see the Statue of Liberty. Best to do at sunset. Ferries run around the clock – every 15-30 min.
  • Guru K.
    Guru KiniJuly 14, 2015
    Nice and breezy ride in the summer. Has a beer bar. Manhattan skyline view is worth the 25 min trip!
  • Experiences
    ExperiencesAugust 15, 2012
    Guys! It's free, and it's BYOB! Just bring something you can seal up or finish quickly — might not get through a while bottle of vino between Whitehall Terminal and the Isle of Staten ...
  • Dainis
    DainisNovember 9, 2014
    It's free and departuring 24/7. Offer scenic views to the city and Statue of Liberty as well.
  • Nolo Z.
    Nolo ZitaMay 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a margarita, piña colada, daiquiri or a Miami Vice at the bar downstairs during Happy Hour for only $5!!
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyMarch 14, 2013
    Free way to take a ride through NY Harbor with decent views of the Statue of Liberty without the throngs of tourists on the normal tour boats
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MusgroveDecember 17, 2014
    You can't get much better than free! And they views are well worth the ride.
  • LaDawn P.
    LaDawn Penigar-MitchellSeptember 17, 2016
    If you want stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower for FREE, this is what you're looking for!
  • Dustin R.
    Dustin RyenNovember 7, 2011
    Going on the ferry is an easier less broing way to take ion the statue of liberty. NY locals I know have all recommended this ferry over the tour.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyAugust 12, 2011
    take the boat at sunset (it's free!) and get a free view of the statue of liberty while you sip on a tall boy.
  • Mr. Spotlight
    Mr. SpotlightNovember 17, 2014
    Stay at the upper deck on the right back corner to have the best views of NY skyline and the liberty statue ...
  • Clarisel G.
    Clarisel GonzalezJune 30, 2010
    The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best deals in town. You can ride the ferry for free any day and get a beautiful view of the city and Lady Liberty. When you are on Staten Island, explore a little
  • Skelwell
    SkelwellJune 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want to avoid the crowds, ride on the side of the boat facing the Verrazano. Anytime of day or night tourists will be crowding the other side to see the Statue of Liberty.
  • Rodrigo B.
    Rodrigo BarbosaJune 22, 2010
    When riding from Staten Island to Manhattan at the of the day, enjoy the beautiful sunset on the left side of the ferry, preferably in the front. Nice view of the Statue of Liberty.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkApril 10, 2013
    NYC Greenmarket: Located at 4 South Street, inside ferry terminal building, Manhattan. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, year-round. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Louis C.
    Louis CoutureAugust 10, 2013
    Wanna see the Brooklyn bridge ? Go at right. For the liberty statue, go at left
  • Staten Island Yankees
    The best kept secret in NYC! Be able to see the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge and get a ride to watch affordable baseball in the summer all for free!
  • Nathan
    NathanMay 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Not only is the trip free, so are the characters and behaviors you'd normally have to pay a stand-up comedian to experience!
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BorockJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ferry runs free 24/7. Weekdays after 1230am its one every hour (130, 230, etc.) Til the morning rush again. Weekends and holidays different too!
    WeatherZombie.comMay 24, 2011
    Enjoy the ferry on a nice summer day. Enjoy the ferry even more when there are hordes of zombies that are stuck on land and can't reach you since, gasp, "YOU'RE ON A BOAT!"
  • Douglas S.
    Douglas SouzaOctober 19, 2014
    To get nice photos of the statue, go upstairs and then to the right side of the ferry. But you can easily change the side through the trip .
  • Brandy B.
    Brandy BentleySeptember 20, 2012
    FREE way to see downtown Manhattan skyline with a Coast Guard escort! Perfect on those hot summer days.
  • NYU
    NYUMay 1, 2013
    There’s always something to do on Staten Island! Stop by and take a ferry ride to check out one of their exhibits or events!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 2, 2011
    The 25-minute ride offers great views of New York Harbor, Ellis Island and Lady Liberty. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the boat.
  • Katricia C.
    Katricia CunninghamAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    On the weekends - at night make sure to make the boat the next one won't arrive till a hour later. Manhattan to Staten Island boat comes every half hour on the hour.
  • Rodney G.
    Rodney G.October 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There are outlets on the JFK to plug your phone or laptop, they are by the pillars on the second floor they are covered by rusted caps but they work, if you see me on this boat I'm using one already.
  • Kamsicle
    KamsicleFebruary 7, 2015
    Great views of miss liberty and city. Free too
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursAugust 31, 2011
    Services are offered 24 hrs/day & 365 days/yr. Some 70K passengers a day and 21MM annually take advantage of this mode of transportation with an on-time performance of 96%. Read more via our blog. Read more
  • David L.
    David LongNovember 15, 2011
    For better views of Liberty, go to the right side of the boat when leaving Manhattan and the left side when leaving Staten Island.
  • TheillKittyKat
    TheillKittyKatSeptember 6, 2013
    Get as close to the doors to board as you can so you can get first dibs on seating/standing on the ferry!
  • Trish R.
    Trish Rollins 🍀January 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Sit on the Statue of Liberty side and see the faces of people seeing her for the first time. It always makes me appreciate being a New Yorker.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 22, 2011
    Native New Yorkers love the Staten Island Ferry for its views of downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Will L.
    Will Longhini1 week ago
    Great FREE view of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan
  • Arik F.
    Arik FraimovichOctober 18, 2012
    There are power sockets to the left of the doors to the boarding area. In case you need to charge your phone...
  • Renate L.
    Renate LyseNovember 14, 2013
    Staten Island Ferry is great to get a full view of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Statue of Liberty. Best part it's free. Enjoy.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkApril 5, 2013
    4 South Street, inside ferry terminal building, Manhattan. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, year-round. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlsonJuly 15, 2011
    for out of towners...ferry is free and every time we went there was plenty of space,even for kids. Runs 24 hours a day. Staff was more frindly than other places we visited as dumb lost tourists.
  • DeeJay B.
    DeeJay ButlerMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bro, seriously...get your beer before you get on the ferry. You can get a tall boy at Duane Reade for less than half of what they're charging for them in the terminal now. Also, watch out for tourists
  • Ernest B.
    Ernest BarteldesApril 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Now with a variety of places to eat and drink... Including a full bar...
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PimentelAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Occasionally live music will be played here. Very nice while waiting on your boat.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JohnsonApril 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I always go on last to avoid the "ferry shuffle". That slow zombie walk. And I usually sit towards the rear of the ferry.
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best and free of care view of NYC and the statue of liberty
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherNovember 21, 2015
    Great views of the Statue of Liberty! Just don't stay in Staten Island....get right back on. Read more
  • Desmond C.
    Desmond ChowFebruary 2, 2010
    Staten Island is a nice place to ride your bicycle esp along the beaches during the summer time. So bring your bike on the ferry and explore! Read more
  • Earl D.
    Earl DaxAugust 22, 2009
    Can't beat a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Absolutely FREE trip provides sweeping views of the southern tip of Manhattan and a glimpse of Lady Liberty. Hot dog & beer optional.
  • Hartje U.
    Hartje UtrechtNovember 4, 2012
    While everybody is looking at Lady Liberty, turn to the right and see how lovely the Manhattan skyline looks from the water.
  • Antoine M.
    Antoine MeilletMarch 17, 2013
    The ferry is free, you have a great view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Jamaal B.
    Jamaal BrownJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The view of Staten Island Ferry is beautiful when the summer sunny shines upon them.
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.October 9, 2013
    Free trip. Perfect place to take pictures of Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan.
  • Hizay C.
    Hizay C. De la RochaOctober 20, 2014
    You can take the FREE FERRY at 1 train final destination upstairs the station and watch a beautiful view of the hole city and Lady Liberty
  • Kira L.
    Kira LiebJuly 8, 2016
    For a free ride that gives you a view of the statue of liberty and takes you to Staten island, it's not at all bad.
  • Erika N.
    Erika NagamineApril 11, 2012
    Visit the Staten and immigrant museam, if you like history take some time at museam!
  • Tara B.
    Tara BarnesJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to take visiting family and friends. Great views, cheap beer, and the ride is free!
  • Antonio B.
    Antonio BerrymanMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    For the Staten Island residents: Never take the 4:30 AM boat on a weekend if you want a quiet ride back to the Island. It isn't going to happen...EVER.
  • Tay O.
    Tay OduwaiyeAugust 20, 2014
    Beautiful scene of Manhattan especially at sunrise and sunset.
  • Joan K.
    Joan KellMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Why is it so impossible for the Ferry deckhands to coordinate with the subway conductors? Having the doors close on 3 dozen or so R passengers at 09:59 pm is not my idea of a great NYC.
  • Alan-Arthur A.
    Alan-Arthur AureliaJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything inside is overpriced and a tourist trap eat at the Halal stand at the end of the outdoor plaza.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CApril 25
    Been here 10+ times
    Bird noises, dogs at the entrance, green market on Tuesdays
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareMay 15, 2014
    When you get on the ferry keep walking to the end to the ropes, great view!
  • Sony
    SonyDecember 28, 2010
    The ferry is a terrific vantage point for panoramic photographs of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. – Sony Cyber-shot®
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RussoJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    In the fall buy apple cider donuts from the farmer's market. They are cheap and delicious!
  • christina m.
    christina mcleodApril 22, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Still hasn't been repaired since Sandy, no elevators or escalators and all the food is cash only.
  • André
    AndréAugust 25, 2012
    Boat trip with an amazing view on the skyline of Manhattan for free.
  • Arul S.
    Arul SundaramSeptember 21, 2009
    The new ferries (new to me: arrived between 2004 - 2005) are fantastic. Plus, there's a bar on board. It's like a free sunset cruise by the Statue of Liberty.
  • Tom V.
    Tom VandenbogaerdeSeptember 12, 2016
    Great option to have a great view of the Statue of Liberty. It's free!
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 23, 2010
    The best free boat ride in town! See if your kids can guess how many passengers ride every weekday. Answer: 65,000 people!Powered by
  • Jacques R.
    Jacques RavooOctober 11, 2011
    Take your place on the right side for the best pictures of the Statue of LIberty. Read more
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Avoid rush hour times & always make room for locals! #POI It's a boat, everyone arrives at same time, no need to push.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthSeptember 14, 2016
    Come here for a free ferry that goes past the Statue of Liberty
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony KaneJune 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Lots of tourist for some reason and the cops don't like it when you go near there k-9 dogs
  • Ana R.
    Se encuentra a unos metros de la estación Whitehall St. En dirección a Staten Island puedes observar la Estatua de la libertad, dirección Manhattan (de regreso) puedes admirar las luces de la ciudad
    Upvoted May 14
  • Olesya
    OlesyaNovember 6, 2014
    Обязательная программа для туриста, который не хочет платить за кораблик к статуе свободы,в хорошую погоду приятно и просто покататься👍да и вид на статую со стороны дает представить первых мигрантов
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoNovember 5, 2014
    GRATIS!!! Dura 25 minutos y tienes muy buenas vistas, incluyendo la estatua de la libertad. Al bajar del ferry pueden ver el pequeño memorial del 9/11 a 3 minutos de la estación.
  • Natalia K.
    Natalia KrestyaninovaOctober 22, 2014
    Говорят, что с парома на Staten Island самый лучший вид на город. Если вы плавали к Статуе Свободы, то вид точно такой же. А ночной вид, на мой взгляд, гораздо лучше с набережной Бруклина))
  • natalex
    natalexOctober 22, 2011
    Бесплатный паром везет всех желающих на Стейтен Айленд, по дороге видно остров Либерти и статую на нём — редкая возможность сфотографироваться на фоне :) Обратный паром тоже есть и тоже бесплатный.
  • Ульяна О.
    Отлично все сделали для ожидающих паром и не только. Здесь можно перекусить, зарядить телефон, воспользоваться бесплатным вай-фай, здесь есть туалет и питьевая вода.)
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 10, 2014
    Es gratis. El viaje brinda excelentes vistas de los rascacielos de Mahattan, la estatua de la libertad, Ellis island y el puente Verrazano. Esta disponible los 365 días del año y dura 25 minutos.
  • Sergey D.
    Sergey DikJuly 21, 2015
    Чтобы полюбоваться на статую Свободы и сделать несколько хороших снимков, занимайте место на верхней палубе по правому борту, когда плывете в сторону Стейтенд-Айленда.
    Upvoted Apr 2
  • Alejandro
    AlejandroNovember 26, 2014
    Decen que no es necesario ir hasta la isla de la estatua de la libertad u pueden tomar el ferry a Staten Island. El ferry pasa muy lejos de la estatua y la contraLuz no deja tomar buenas fotos
  • Claude I.
    Claude IsnardApril 16, 2014
    Ferry pour Staten Island gratuit, superbe vue sur le statue de la Liberté et la skyline au coucher du soleil
  • Lili O.
    Lili OliveiraApril 20, 2014
    Acho que é a melhor opção para fotografar a Estátua da Liberdade - e o melhor de tudo: é de graça!
  • Sílvio L.
    Sílvio LemosNovember 30, 2014
    Um dos melhores passeios. $18 com direito ao fone de ouvido falando da estátua e sua construção. Aproveite para as ótimas fotos da ilha de Manhattan.
  • Inna M.
    Inna MNovember 16, 2013
    Прямо при выходе из метро причал с бесплатным паромом вокруг Манхетен для всех) паром через каждые 30 минут) паром проплавает мимо статуи свободы))) вид на "скайлайн" с парома👍
  • Florent
    FlorentNovember 6, 2011
    Une super manière d'admirer la Statue de la Liberté de près, sans s'arrêter sur son île (mettez vous sur la droite du bateau à l'aller).
  • Rafael Freitas S.
    Rafael Freitas SantosAugust 25, 2015
    Ótima opção para se ter uma boa vista da cidade e da estátua. O ferry é free.
  • Ale v.
    Ale van BeeckJanuary 9, 2011
    Faça um passeio rápido no Ferry até Staten Island no final da tarde. O por do sol rende lindas fotos. Passeio gratuito.
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