Saturday, May 28, 2011

Staten Island Ferry or How to see the Statue of Liberty with 4 kids.

The kids only asked to do 2 things while in NYC one was the Met and the other was visit the Statue of Liberty.  Yesterday we went to see the Statue of Liberty.  We started off going over to the ferry that takes you out to the island.  It was spendy, but since we were already in NYC we didn't want to miss it.  The line was long, there was a 1 1/2 hour wait to get through the security check point just to get on the ferry.  With our 4 kids waiting in line that long sounded like torture.
Then the best thing happened, we got an insider tip.  It wasn't extremely important to the kids to get out on the actual island, so we found out about the Staten Island Ferry.
A free ferry service that runs between Staten Island and South Ferry.  The ferry ran every 30 min and we were able to walk on and take a short 30 min ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty.  When we arrived at Staten Island we had to disembark the ferry but were able to get right back on one to ride back to South Ferry. 
I really liked the ferry service it was clean and quick.  Plus most important we avoided the long security check points that were at the actual Statue of Liberty Ferry.  With older kids it might be fun to get out and hike around the statue, but this was perfect for our family.  


Nancy said...

That is cool that the kids wanted to go there. Aunt Lee wanted you to know that Grandma Morse and Great Grandma Lamborn both rode the Ferry.
Can't wait for pictures from the Morse get together!

C said...

You got to go to NY after all! What a great idea to just do the Staten Island ferry. We did the hike around the Statue of Liberty and through Ellis Island. It was great but tiring. The security wait was awful! Great idea.