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Whitehall Ferry Terminal, 4 South St., nr. Whitehall St. (New York Harbor)
New York, NY
(1) 718-727-2508 | www.siferry.com
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 24 hours
POPULAR TIMESWeekday rush hour; weekend late nights
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION10-60 min.
HIGHLIGHTSViews of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty
SUBWAYBowling Green (4); Whitehall St.-South Ferry (R); South Ferry (1)
Ferries running between Manhattan and Staten Island date back to the 1700s, and this dependable service has been part of that history for over a century. More than 60,000 passengers day make the five-mile trip on weekdays (and thousands more on the weekends). Most of the passengers on the free, 24-hour crafts are commuters, though increasing numbers of tourists have started hopping aboard as a budget-friendly way to scope impressive views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends; photography enthusiasts; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s free, dependable, and offers great views–what’s not to love? If you really want the true NYC experience, take a ride during rush hour and bond with the commuters, or, for a more relaxing trip, hop on later in the afternoon, grab a snack or a beer from the food counter onboard, and then enjoy it as you take in the awesome views and cool breezes.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Rush hour crowds.
GOOD TO KNOW
The ferry runs 24 hours a day, with departures every 15-20 minutes during peak times and every 30-60 minutes at off-peak times. If you want to get the best photo ops, try to sit on the starboard side when leaving Manhattan–you’ll get the best views of the Statue of Liberty on the way out and nice skyline vistas on the way back. History buffs might be interested to know that fares for the ferry were once a whopping 50 cents–it wasn’t until 1997 that it became a free service.
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