It is often said that the best things in life are free, and the Staten Island Ferry in New York seems to me like an excellent example.
If you’ve been to New York, you’ll know what an exhilarating, almost to the point of dizzying, destination it is. There are so many things to do it’s hard to prioritise, especially if time or money are an issue; and they usually are.
One of the great things about New York, though, is that some of its best attractions are free and won’t make a dent in your budget. The Staten Island Ferry is one of those. The ferry’s website describes it as a vestige of the extensive ferry system that once connected Manhattan with its future boroughs (as you probably know, Staten Island is one of New York’s five boroughs, along with Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx).
The Staten Island Ferry runs an impressive 24/7 between South Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan and Staten Island and it’s free to ride. That’s right, even if you’re a tourist, it’ll cost you nothing. The ride takes 25 minutes one way, and it provides some of the most stunning views of the lower Manhattan skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
I didn’t have the time to check out Staten Island, so I simply made a straight return trip and shot pictures to my heart’s content along the way. I believe I took this photo while I was waiting for my ferry to head back for Manhattan.
It was a dull, cloudy day, but the light was pretty good, and there weren’t many people on the decks. Just make sure you to avoid rush hours, because many New Yorkers use the ferry to commute to and from work, and it’ll be crowded. You’ll find more info and useful tips at the ferry’s website.
What do you think? Have you ever taken a trip on the Staten Island Ferry? Let me know in the comments!