Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Snapshots: Staten Island Ferry

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

When we went to New York City in July we decided to stay outside of the city in New Jersey. It was much cheaper ($80 per night compared to $200-600 per night in the city) so I felt the extra time spent travelling into the city would be worth it. The easiest way travelling into the city would have been using NJ transit which would have dropped us off at Penn Station but we found a more interesting way to get there.

The Staten Island ferry transports people between Staten Island and Manhattan. It runs 24 hours a day and the best part is that it is free. What better way to travel into the city than a nice ferry ride?

They also have parking nearby for $7 a day. Even with the $12 toll to get to Staten Island it was far cheaper than NJ transit or staying in Manhattan.

You also get a great view of the city skyline from Staten Island before your ferry ride.

A close up view of the Statue of Liberty is included along the way. So no need for an expensive boat tour.

About 20 minutes after departing Staten Island you arrive in Manhattan. The ferry station is close to several subway lines and a short walk from Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade Center and several other attractions.

We loved using the Staten Island ferry to start and finish our day in New York and would definitely do this again on our next trip to New York. Have you ever ridden on the Staten Island Ferry?


  1. I have ridden the Staten Island Ferry! I did a loop trip back when I was a poor student about 20 + years ago. I think it was 10 cents, or maybe 25 cents back then- excellent value for an hour boat tour! I do remember the great views too.

  2. I have visited NYC only once in my 69 1/2 years. It was when I was 18 and with a church group visiting the UN. We didn't get to ride the ferry that day, it was rainy and foggy and they told us the ferry didn't go. Now I am wondering if the adults in our group just didn't want to go in the rain. Hmmmm? Thanks for sharing the closeup of the ferry. Very nice.

  3. I've been to New York City a couple of times and have ridden the Staten Island Ferry once. What a great city to visit! So much to see and do. Sounds like the ferry is the best way to get from New Jersey to the city. I'll remember that if we go again.
    Thank you for visiting my Saturday Snapshot post today.

  4. What a delightful mode of transport! While I've heard of the Staten Island ferry, in books and movies, I had no idea it was free.

    I love traveling by ferry, having enjoyed the ride in Washington state, from the islands back to or near Seattle.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. What a fun trip! I've only been to NYC once and we stayed in the city (right next to the Ed Sullivan Theater) because my father is afraid of public transportation. I am not kidding at all about that.

    I'd love to go back,but my husband hates cities...sigh!

  6. I love the quality of the light in your top photo. I have spent one day in New York, between flights, and we packed in as much as we could, including a trip on the ferry.

  7. These are such wonderful views for me. Never seen them in real yet! May be some day!

  8. I've only had one week in NY, but we didn't travel on the Staten Island ferry...maybe next time. But we did take the Circle Line sunset cruise around Manhattan, which I can highly recommend.
    It's a great skyline.


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