Now, walk across the park to the
shoreline, and enjoy the wonderful views. This will be one of the
highlights of your NYC visit.
For even better views, board the Staten
Island Ferry at the park, whose route takes you through the
heart of New York Harbour. You'll see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis
Island, and the New York skyline.
When you reach Staten Island, immediately come
back, as largely residential Staten Island (which is a part of New
York City) holds little interest for a first time visitor to New
NOTE: Avoid this ferry inbound to Manhattan during the morning rush hour and outbound in the afternoon one. Packed—packed—packed with commuters.
Instead of or in addition to the Staten Island
Ferry, from Battery Park you may take one of the smaller boats that
travel to Ellis Island,
adjacent to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour.
These are not the bargain of the Staten Island
Ferry, but the Ellis Island trip is worthwhile for those who want
to walk in the footsteps of the millions of people—more than
12 million via this processing centre alone—who came to the
U.S., often almost penniless, to give their children and themselves
a better life.
Amazingly, more than 40 percent of all living
Americans trace their roots to someone who landed at Ellis Island.
The boats to the Statue of Liberty, on the other
hand, are not recommended.
The statue was never designed to serve the hordes of tourists who want to climb its oppressively narrow stairway and its queues are horrific.