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All the cool (and free) ferry rides available in New York


Much of New York City’s beauty can be found in its skyline, parks, and diverse cultural communities. But some of the most gorgeous parts of the city stem from the fact that it’s surrounded by water. To enjoy the true beauty of NYC, take an awesome ferry ride, offering photo-ops of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Bridge, and more. These five ferry rides are sure to be a blast.

  • Staten Island Ferry

  • The Staten Island Ferry is totally free. This ferry runs 24 hours a day and transports people from the suburbs to Manhattan in 25 minutes. While still a commuter necessity, more and more sightseers are taking it to get off the streets and see the stunning panoramas of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

  • East River Ferry

  • This ferry ticket only costs $2.75, the same as the city’s subway fare. The East River Ferry connects lower and midtown Manhattan, and makes stops in Brooklyn and Queens. This tour gives you views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and more.

  • Water Taxi Ikea Ferry

  • This ferry service runs from the Wall Street Terminal to Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tickets are free on weekends and $5 on weekdays. If you make a minimum purchase of $10 at IKEA, your weekday ride is free. It’s a great way to get to Red Hook Brooklyn and back to the city without taking the subway.

  • New York Harbor Hop On Hop Off Cruise

  • These cruise boats are hard to miss at the pier, as they look just like New York taxis: bright and yellow. At $37 a ticket, this cruise leaves New York Harbor daily, offering views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. The entire loop can be done in 70 minutes, or you can hop on and off to explore the city and its great eats and attractions.

  • Hornblower Rock the Yacht New York Party Cruise

  • This 3-hour party cruise leaves the city’s pier and offers live DJ entertainment with an open bar and bar food. The cruise has photo-ops of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and beautiful views of the city skyline. The tour starts in April and ends in October, Thursday through Saturday. Tickets range from $35 and up.

    Summer is on the way, and good times wait for no one. Common members in New York can take advantage of any of these ferries and tour the city by way of water. Find our homes near these fun cruises, ferries, and other boats. Take a free tour today.

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