Statue of Liberty Cruise

Statue of Liberty Cruise. WONDERMENTARY - travel & photography blog

It’s no secret that I’m cheap. Why would I pay to see the Statue of Liberty on a “cruise” when I could ride by it on the Staten Island Ferry for free? Actually, that’s exactly what I did last summer. But for the sake of my aunt who’s never seen it before, I shelled out the moolah for what I thought would be a chance to go up the Statue of Liberty only to be severely disappointed by – yes – a mere boat ride that only passed by the statue. Well, you win some and you lose some.

While it was not the most comfortable boat ride (I was pressed in by fanatic tourists on all sides), I managed to get a few decent shots of New York’s gawgeous skyline along the Hudson River:

New York City from Hudson River

For what it’s worth, I got a nice close-up of Lady Liberty herself, which I could not have done from the Staten Island Ferry.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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And the sight of the Freedom Tower never ceases to delight me:

New York Freedom Tower by Hudson River

New York Freedom Tower by Hudson River

New York Freedom Tower by Hudson River
That classic, yellow NY…water taxi

So here’s the building that I (after a month of living in the city) learned to recognize, the Empire State. In fact, I just went up it that same morning; read the full post (and see the views!) here.

New York Skyline by Hudson River

New York Skyline by Hudson River

My plea to all those who know NYC buildings more than I do still stands: if you recognize a famous/your favorite building here, please share the knowledge!

New York Marine & Aviation Pier 76
I love how rustic and textured this pier looks. Also couldn’t help but include the Tower in the back!

We got to see the U.S.S. Intrepid, which we eventually went on. Now the Intrepid was a monster of a boat, with at least a dozen planes sitting on its top deck. But you’ll have to wait for a later post on all that!

U.S.S. Intrepid

Have you gone up the Statue of Liberty? Do they still let people go up her crown?!


Thanks for reading!

P.S. See her from the Staten Island Ferry (for free): Our Version of Boating

  • I’ve never been inside the Statue of Liberty, but I’ve driven by it on of the tour boats before. It’s so pretty, and I would love to go inside! I’ve heard that they still do tours, but I’m not sure how you get on the list. And you’re totally right, there’s nothing more beautiful than the NYC skyline!

    • What, there’s a list?! Then I think I’ll pass and just admire her from afar (or up close) as I always do.

  • I’ve never been up to the Statue of Liberty, but I’ve taken this ferry and the Staten Island ferry. I would have skipped the dedicated ferry if it wasn’t for my friends who really wanted to take it. It ended up being one of the most fun things we did in NY (just because of the company). Strangely enough I don’t have such nice shots of the statue or the skyline. 🙂

    • That’s true, your company could make all the difference! I had a more relaxing time on the Staten Island Ferry just because I wasn’t surrounded by a crowd of rabid tourists who were clamouring to take a pic of the statue. But at least I came out with a decent shot of her!