I have some very different opinions from most people about classic tourist places in New York. Do you want an example? Usually, the Empire State Building is not my first observation deck recommendation. I think the view from Top of the Rock is better. I also have a different opinion from the majority about one of the main symbols of New York, the Statue of Liberty. When I was here visiting the city in 2013 seeing the statue was my dream – I could not leave without a picture with it. I read about the Water Taxi on the internet and I got a ticket to see Lady Liberty. I do not regret a bit about having not gone to Liberty Island – and I know that a lot of the tourists choose to go. Today, I rescued the 2013 photos to show a little bit of the Water Taxi tour.
Before deciding to buy any tickets to see the Statue of Liberty – to go to the island or to make this tour I’m showing today – it worths thinking about your priorities and what you want to see. And that’s because there is a free tour that provides a nice view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline – the ferry that makes the path between Manhattan and Staten Island. As I said, it’s totally free and I showed it here. I have several friends who were happy with this free tour – and ended up saving a few dollars. Again, it depends on the priority of each person. When I came here in 2013 I took the Staten Island Ferry ride – but as my dream was a picture with the Statue, I ended up buying tickets for the Water Taxi too.
For me, the great advantage of the Water Taxi is how close it comes to the Statue of Liberty – a distance that, to me, is perfect in every way, both to enjoy it and to take nice pictures. Nothing against it, but I don’t like those photos taken on the island, from the bottom up. When you are very close to something you want to photograph, it is difficult to have a nice shot. But this is my opinion, okay?
Talking about the tour itself, the ride takes 90 minutes, and passes by, among other places, Brooklyn Bridge and the southern region of Manhattan. All narrated by a guide. Water Taxi has six piers and you can choose between doing the complete ride in 90-minutes or go at your own pace, getting on and off as many times as you like at any of the piers. The boat has an outdoor and indoor area. What I recommend is: check the weather forecast – a ride like this will only be perfect on a beautiful day! You can buy the tickets at any of the piers – one is at Battery Park – or online. Water Taxi operates from 10 am to 6 pm. Note: this tour in question is the All-Day Access Pass – and costs $ 31 – Water Taxi offers other tours, including one to see the Statue at night. On the Water Taxi website, you can check out all the available tours – and attention: Water Taxi doesn’t offer boats that landed on Liberty Island, ok?
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