The Staten Island Ferry runs across New York Harbor between Whitehall Street next to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and St. George terminal in Staten Island. The free 25-minute ride gives you a view of the Financial District skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
New York Water Taxi, in addition to serving commuters, shuttles tourists to the city's many waterfront attractions between the West and East sides and Lower Manhattan (including the 9/11 Memorial), the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn's waterfront parks.
An all-day pass on the water taxi is $30; a similar pass that also allows passengers to visit the 9/11 Memorial as part of their sightseeing package is $32. Another package includes an eight-hour bike rental for $54.
New York Water Taxi. New York, New York, 212/742–1969; www.nywatertaxi.com.
Staten Island Ferry. www.siferry.com.