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 Itinerary

See Lady Liberty in the flesh!

  • 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.

Ellis Island Immigration Hall

Enter the historic Ellis Island Immigrarion Hall

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.

Ferry view of Statue of Liberty

View of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry

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!

Staten Island Ferry

Take the Staten Island Ferry & see the Statue of Liberty for free

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!

Me with Charging Bull

Take a selfie with the Charging Bull & from the back too…

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!

New York Stock Exchange

The American Flag draped on the New York Stock Exchange

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!

Cemetery at Trinity Church

Cemetery at Trinity Church

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!

St Paul's Chapel in 2008

St Paul’s Chapel in 2008

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!

Inside The Met New York

The Met is waiting for you on our Thursday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

Free / Pay What You Wish on Wednesday

Plan your own Wednesday in New York City around these museums:

For a complete list of museums & attractions with Free or Pay What You Wish admissions, see our post Every Free Museum New York!

 

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Not recommended DIY travel; take a tour instead