Staten Island Ferry - Whitehall Terminal

Financial District, New York
  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and New York Habitat recommend this place
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  • André
    "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
    Upvoted Jul 26
  • 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.
  • 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 :-))
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.'"
  • 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!
  • Dainis
    DainisNovember 9, 2014
    It's free and departuring 24/7. Offer scenic views to the city and Statue of Liberty as well.
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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 .
  • 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!
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