The Staten Island Ferry: A City Cruise With Kids


For your next family fun day, give your kids a unique perspective on New York with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. A modern terminal welcomes you on the Manhattan side, and you’ll find plenty of seats once you’re on board the iconic yellow boat. The kids will be headed to the railings, though, anxious to check out all the ships plying the gentle waters of New York Harbor. As the ferry pulls out, you’ll all be treated to stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Have your camera ready, because there are some prime photo ops, with a forest of skyscrapers in the background and maybe a curious seagull flapping past. While the kids enjoy the gentle lapping of the current, get ready for the highlight of your voyage: the Statue of Liberty. The ferry cruises right past this defining icon of New York, and the slow pace of the 25-minute journey will give you plenty of time to admire it. Once you’ve made it to Staten Island, you’ll find another boat waiting to bring you back. Or you could stick around for a baseball game–future major leaguers take the field just a few yards away at the Staten Island Yankees‘ waterfront stadium.

Staten Island Ferry

4 South St New York NY 10004

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