Take a ferry boat in New York City on the East River from Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn or the Rockaways for the price of a metro ride!
New York City East River Ferry boats are a wonderful way to see the spectacular city skyline and visit different neighborhoods. The ferry service has 6 routes!
You can go from Astoria to Wall Street, Roosevelt Island to Wall Street and on to Dumbo, Williamsburg to Governors Island, and Wall Street to the Rockaways. BUT those are just a few options – you can transfer to another route within 90 minutes of activating your ticket.
Suggested ferry route:
1 – Take the tram to Roosevelt Island (also the price of a metro ride, just $2.75 as of June 2018). The tram offers wonderful views of the city from above and runs parallel to the Queensborough Bridge
2 – Take the ferry to Long Island City. After you get off of the tram, the ferry stop is a 5-minute walk away. Once in Long Island City, walk through the park, admire the views, look at the Pepsi Cola sign and make your way to the Southern end of the park to Hunters Point South.
3 – Take the ferry from Hunters Point South (This is a different ferry route, and remember transfers are free within 90 minutes!) and get off at Dumbo. This route takes you along the East side of the river where you will see Williamsburg.
4 – Dumbo – get off at Dumbo and explore Brooklyn. Start at Brooklyn Bridge Park and make your way to the Squibb Park and Bridge which leads up to Brooklyn Heights. OR as an alternative route you can go under the Brooklyn Bridge and visit Dumbo!
And the easiest way to purchase tickets is via the app – easy to use, activate and it’s fast if you are running to catch a ferry! For all of the info about the NYC Ferry app, click here for the official website: https://www.ferry.nyc/appguide/
Since the ferry routes opened up in the summer of 2017, I have taken many boat rides. Click here to see travel photos of NYC from the East River Ferry and elsewhere in the city!