Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island and take in the views of Manhattan from the water. On return, explore Wall Street & the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.
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Check out our budget itinerary below, including a list of all the Free or Pay What You Wish museums!
Visiting the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
You can visit both the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island in 1 day – allow approximately 6 hours for the return trip to Battery Park.
There are no entrance fees for either island but they can only be accessed by ferries offered by State Cruises – tickets range from $18.00 to $21.00.
- Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a female figure in robes, representing the Roman goddess Libertas. She bears a torch & a table inscribed with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1977. A broken chain lies at her feet.
The Statue of Liberty is made of copper & was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same man who conceived the Eiffel Tower in Paris.It was a gift from France (in 1886) & has since become an icon of the United States & a symbol of freedom.
- Ellis Island
Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954. Over 12 million immigrants have passed through its gates.
Ferry information for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
There are 3 different types of tickets available:
- Reserve Ticket is the base ticket – $18.00
- Pedestal Reserve Ticket includes access up to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty –$18.00
- Crown Reserve Ticket includes access up to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty – $21.00
All tickets also include access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, audio Tours of both sites & Priority entry into the Boarding Queue
Ferries depart from Battery Park to/from Liberty Island & Ellis Island regularly from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
For Crown Reserve Tickets & in peak seasons, it’s recommended to book online in advance.
Tickets are also available at the ticket booth & pier at Battery Park for same day sales.
Staten Island Ferry *
The Staten Island Ferry is a free service running between Manhattan & Staten Island. It operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.
We recommending visiting both Liberty Island & Ellis Island but if you’re short on time or on a tight budget, you can take the free ferry ride for excellent views of the Lower Manhattan skyline & the Statue of Liberty
* Free service!
Charging Bull *
On return to Manhattan, you should still have time to explore Wall Street & the attractions around the Financial District.
One of New York City’s most iconic sculptures is the Charging Bull.
Made of bronze, it’s 3.4 meters tall & 4.9 meters long – the bull’s testicles weigh 48 kg each.
The Charging Bull stands in Bowling Green Park, in the heart of the Financial District, as a symbol of aggressive financial optimism & prosperity.
* Free attraction!
Wall Street *
Wall Street is the financial hub of New York, the leading financial centre in the world. Be sure to check out:
- New York Stock Exchange
- Federal Hall (where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the USA)
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Trump Building at 40 Wall Street
* Free attractions!
Trinity Church *
Take a look inside the impressive Gothic Revival architecture of Trinity Church.
It also features 23 bells, three sets of bronze doors & a cemetery.
* Free attraction!
St Paul’s Chapel *
St Paul’s Chapel is known as “The Little Chapel that Stood” after surviving the attacks of September 11, 2001 without a broken window. It’s also the oldest church in Manhattan.
St Paul’s Church became a refuge centre for recovery workers at the World Trade Centre.
For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked around the clock: serving meals, making beds & counselling fire fighters, police & others.
Mourners placed memorials around the church fences.
St Paul’s Chapel is currently closed for restoration.
* Free attraction!
Wednesday in New York Wrap-Up
*** Tip of the Day: Save money & bring a packed lunch for the trip to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island ***
You can follow this itinerary on any free day you have in New York.
Are you interested in seeing a Broadway production? Check out our post How to Score Cheap Tickets on Broadway Rush.
This Wednesday itinerary is day 3 of our ultimate guide, 7 Days in New York: Top Budget Itinerary! – find out how to visit all the major attractions & museums in the Big Apple in 1 week for less than $50.00!
And keep reading to find out what you can do on Day 4 – Thursday in New York City: Top Budget Itinerary!
Free / Pay What You Wish on Wednesday
Plan your own Wednesday in New York City around these museums:
- Bronx Zoo – Free (regular admission $19.95)
- Museum of Jewish Heritage – Free (regular admission $12.00), 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- New York Botanical Garden – Free (regular admission $13.00)
- Yeshiva University Museum – Free (regular admission $8.00), 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Queens Botanical Garden – Free (regular admission $6.00), 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in April to October, everyday in November to March
- Staten Island Zoo – Free (regular admission $10.00), 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm
For a complete list of museums & attractions with Free or Pay What You Wish admissions, see our post Every Free Museum New York!
Not recommended DIY travel; take a tour instead