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The Staten Island Ferry Is Free to Ride
Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com
The commuter ferry that runs from Battery Park to Staten Island may not be fancy, but it offers riders a chance to experience amazing views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York Harbor for free.

The Staten Island Ferry runs 24 hours a day and each leg of the journey takes about 30 minutes and covers 6.2 miles. Of course, this isn't a "sightseeing cruise" so you'll need to consult your map (or ask a friendly New Yorker) if you want to identify some of the less obvious landmarks.

More: Staten Island Ferry Visitors Guide

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