"Best Cheap Date: Highly recommended" Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry Tip by davequ
Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry, New York City: 86 reviews and 142 photos
Staten Island Ferry is free and imho one of the best "cheap dates" in the city.
Board on the right side or the front of the boat for departure from Manhattan so you get a good look when you pass the Statue of Liberty, then get in the front or front-left side on the return to Manhattan to see Liberty again and the bridges & South Manhattan.
Ferry leaves each terminal every half hour on the half hour, departing from the new ferry terminal on the east river just south of the Fulton market.
Ride takes a little under 30 minutes, and there is actually time (if you are not planning to sightsee on Staten Island) when you arrive (if you hurry) to hustle off the ferry and go around to hop right back on the same boat for the return to Manhattan so you don't end up waiting around half an hour for the next boat.
Bring your camera. The view of the bridges and the Statue of Liberty is unforgettable.
Bring your own refreshments. Lots of people do, from snacks / sandwiches to beers and cokes, & the crew doesn't seem to mind.
Bottom line: I think the Staten Island ferry is great and I'll probably do it every time I go to NYC if weather / visibility is decent.
The price is right.
Address: trains N, R, Q & W to Whitehall St.
Directions: leave from South Manhattan Ferry terminal a little north of Fulton Landing
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