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Does anyone have advice on how to take a day trip into New York City?  We will be driving to the port and staying in a hotel nearby.  We might go a day early to try and see some of the city.  I particularly want to see the Statue of Liberty.  Thanks!

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Statue of Liberty is only accessed though Liberty State Park on the Jersey side of the Hudson River. https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html . Kinda near the Bayonne port

As far a heading into NYC. grab a bus to take you to the Port Authority bus terminal on 41st Street. It is a few blocks from Time sq, the theater district, Rockefeller Center and Central park starts at 59th St. Don't be afraid to take the subway to the World Trade Center. It's no big deal.  @Matt grew up in the are too and may have more insight to offer.

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Pinging @TheHobbys, as they just did this not that long ago and can probably give some recommendations.

You may want to see if your hotel is close to one of the PATH trains; if it is, that's by far your easiest and fastest way into the city. You can take it to the World Trade Center stop, and from there you have relatively easy walking access to Battery Park, Wall Street, Rockefeller Center, and a few other areas of interest. Not to mention the World Trade Center Memorial right there as you exit.

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3 hours ago, MotleyCruiser said:

Statue of Liberty is only accessed though Liberty State Park on the Jersey side of the Hudson River. https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html . Kinda near the Bayonne port

As far a heading into NYC. grab a bus to take you to the Port Authority bus terminal on 41st Street. It is a few blocks from Time sq, the theater district, Rockefeller Center and Central park starts at 59th St. Don't be afraid to take the subway to the World Trade Center. It's no big deal.  @Matt grew up in the are too and may have more insight to offer.

 

Statue of Liberty is not only accessed through Liberty State Park. You can absolutely get to Statue of Liberty from Manhattan (usually Battery Park), and in fact that's the way most tourists get there as most stay in the city, not Jersey.

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I was in NYC last month and visited the Statue of Liberty. You have to book through Liberty State Park site - they are the only official ticket providers - but you can choose to get a ferry from either Battery Park in NYC or from a location in Jersey (not sure of the name but info is available on the website). 

Whichever departure point you choose, you don't have to return to it so it would be entirely possible for you to leave from Jersey, visit Ellis Island, Statue and then get the ferry to Battery Park to sight see in Manhattan before getting the bus or train back to your hotel. Or you could do that itinerary in reverse. 

Also, although you have to book for a certain timeslot, we found that they weren't taking much/any notice of this. We had a 2pm ferry booked but arrived at Battery Park at 12:30 and were just told to get into the queue. It was pretty busy (it was Memorial Day) but the queue moved really fast and we were on a ferry by about 1pm. 

We had started the day at the WTC Memorial and museum then walked down to Battery Park via Wall Street so can confirm that that's a very do-able option. 

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12 hours ago, Zacharius said:

 

Statue of Liberty is not only accessed through Liberty State Park. You can absolutely get to Statue of Liberty from Manhattan (usually Battery Park), and in fact that's the way most tourists get there as most stay in the city, not Jersey.

Cool, I had no idea.

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7 hours ago, hayley_bopp said:

Also, although you have to book for a certain timeslot, we found that they weren't taking much/any notice of this. We had a 2pm ferry booked but arrived at Battery Park at 12:30 and were just told to get into the queue. It was pretty busy (it was Memorial Day) but the queue moved really fast and we were on a ferry by about 1pm.

Last time I did it about 18 months ago, they were definitely not letting us in until the time on our ticket, or at least within about 15 minutes of it. We tried, they said no, so we watched the (usually) Korean and Chinese tourists play with squirrels like they were house pets for 30 minutes.

 

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@SweetHomeLady, we stayed right across the Hudson at Hyatt Regency on the Hudson.  This has a excellent view of the NY skyline.  Plus, the PATH station is right next door.  As @JLMoran said, it's a great way to get into the city.  If you get a chance, around page 4 on my last blog link below, you an read through how we navigated NY.  We didn't take an 'actual' tour of the statue - but went the 'free' route and rode the ferry and took pictures with our phones.  Of course, if you want to take an actual tour to get a little close that would be pretty awesome as well.

 

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On 6/27/2019 at 2:29 PM, SweetHomeLady said:

Does anyone have advice on how to take a day trip into New York City?

If you have a lot of energy, try the tour that @Lovetocruise2002 just did. From her pictures, they covered just about every important place from downtown to uptown. You can see great pictures about half way down page 5 of her live blog here. She said the tour company is Viator.

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