Welcome to… The Statue of Liberty, on the cheap

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous attractions in New York, and one of the most famous landmarks of the US in general.   A trip to the Statue will cost you around $28, and is well worth the cost if you have never been to the Statue of Liberty before.  After 9/11, there was a time when visitors were not allowed to climb the inside of the statue, or even go to the island.  This has since changed, and you can now climb up to the crown again!  If you want to climb up, definitely reserve tickets in advance as only 240 people are allowed to go up per day (3 groups of 10 people each per hour).

On the other hand, New York City is a very expensive place to visit.  Some people just want to see the Statue and take a picture, not necessarily visit the island.  The easiest and cheapest way to do that is to take the Staten Island Ferry.

The Staten Island Ferry is part of the New York City public transportation system and connects Manhattan and Staten Island.  It runs every 30 minutes, and gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty.  Best of all, it is free!

The ferry leaves Manhattan from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, located at the southern most tip of Manhattan.  You can get there by the 1 train (at South Ferry), R train (at Whitehall Street) or 4 & 5 train (at Bowling Green)

Although the ferry is known for its great view of the Statue of Liberty, it also provides a great view of lower Manhattan as well.

The best pictures can be taken from the rear end of the ferry.  Because many tourists crowd around to take good pictures, I try to quickly take some pictures and then move out of the way for others.  Also, there are a lot of normal commuters on this ferry as well.

Hope you enjoyed this trip on the Staten Island Ferry, to see the Statue of Liberty for free!

xoxo, K

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