18 Scenic Ferry Rides
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Not only is the Staten Island Ferry an inexpensive way to see the skyscrapers of Manhattan, but the commuter ferry gives passengers a great view of the Statue of Liberty from New York Harbor -- for free. Considering that some cruise tickets (which often include a stop at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum) can cost as much as $55 for adults, the Staten Island Ferry is even more of a steal. To get the most out of the experience, plan to leave with just enough daylight to view Lady Liberty before sunset; the Big Apple shines brightest after dark. Ferries leave every 15 to 30 minutes and a snack bar on board sells food and beverages, including beer.