Staten Island Ferry Free And EnjoyableNYC is such an expensive place for locals and tourist alike. Usually when you hear the word free there are strings attached but in the case of The Staten Island Ferry it really is free. It’s a short trip to the other side and you get to spend some time on the water with great views of lower Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. If you are just doing the round trip you still need to disembark on the other side. There are few stores at the terminal on the Staten Island side. There is even a Dairy Queen where you can eat very cheaply and delude yourself that you did a dinner cruise.
I have not really explored Staten Island too much but plan to do so soon. http://www.visitstatenisland.com/
This is a panorama I did from the ferry pre 9-11.