10. Staten Island Ferry
Of the 22 million annual riders, roughly 1.5 million of the Staten Island Ferry passengers are tourists wanting to enjoy the view from this free ferry running between Manhattan to Staten Island. Commuters and tourists can get a view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty during the ride between lower Manhattan and St. George, Staten Island. Although it’s not a terribly elegant affair, the round-trip free ride allows you an hour-long trip through the New York Harbor.
Alternative Idea: If your budget allows it, try Circle Line’s Full Island Cruise, which offers a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty, as well as the opportunity to circumnavigate Manhattan with a tour guide providing narration throughout.