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The Best Views of the Statue of Liberty

A symbol of freedom in the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty will give you a thrill the first time you spot her, whether you catch a glimpse from land, hop on a cruise, or get up close and personal on Liberty Island. Enjoy the view!

From the Staten Island Ferry

You can’t miss the ferry terminal next to Battery Park. Free, running every 30 minutes, and offering perfect views of the Statue as it passes, this is a 25-minute iconic boat ride.

Cruises to Liberty Island

Visit the lady herself. Boat tours take you to Liberty Island, where you can climb inside the Statue of Liberty. There’s also a chance to stop at Ellis Island on the same trip.

Sightseeing Cruises around New York Harbor

Cruises tour New York’s harbor, offering the best views as they sail past. The best way to see the Statue of Liberty at night is on a fancy dinner cruise.

From Red Hook, Brooklyn

If you want to stay on land, head to Red Hook - a great neighborhood with views of Lady Liberty from the end of Van Brunt Street or from Louis Valentino Jr. Pier and Park.

From Battery Park and Lower Manhattan

If you want to stay on land, and in Manhattan, enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty from the southern tip of Manhattan while strolling along the harbor through Battery Park.

Statue of Liberty: Our Tips

The Best Time to Visit the Statue of Liberty

The best time to see the Statue of Liberty is on a sunny day. A rainy foggy day on the harbor isn’t ideal, but the good news is that the sun shines bright in New York all four seasons of the year. A brisk sunny winter day with a bright blue sky is as New York as a hot steamy summer evening.

Where to Get the Ferry

Ferries leave directly from Battery Park ferry terminals if you’re headed to Liberty Island. If you want to cruise around the Statue of Liberty instead, you can find boats that board at any number of stops along the Hudson River in Midtown, Downtown, or in Battery Park.

How Long Is the Tour?

Cruises can be as short as an hour, or you can book some of the best Statue of Liberty boat tours in the evening, with a three-hour dinner cruise along the waterways. Seeing New York City’s lights and the Statue of Liberty at night is pretty majestic. Alternatively, you can easily see both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in one 3-hour tour.

Where to Buy Tickets

Buy tickets online to avoid the hassle of lines. Keep in mind that if you are going to Liberty Island, take only a small bag. You will be screened by security during admission and backpacks and other large items are not allowed. Pack a snack too!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Ferry departures vary throughout the year. Check the website in order to plan properly.
  • What is the price?
    Around $25
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    Ferries set off from Battery Park, Brooklyn.
  • Additional tips
    • Bring snacks.
    • Put on sunscreen in the summer.

What People Are Saying About Statue of Liberty

My husband had never been up in the building. It was a new experience

The rain did not give us good visibility but the experience of being there and going up was still fun and interesting. The people working there told us the situation and they were honest. That I appreciated.
Empire State Building Ticket Reviewed by Raymond, 10/13/2016

We want to go back to Ellis Island as so very interesting.

The constant rain that day did not damper the excitement of Ellis Island. We had already been to the Statue of Liberty which the rain felt more like a hurricane walking around it. But the exhibits and material at Ellis Island can take days to go around. What an interesting and informative place!

absolutely fanstatic view from the empire

fantastic view. very friendly people. entry not possible without passport! get the ticket anyway with the voucher
Empire State Building Ticket Reviewed by Michele, 10/13/2016

The bus tours were great-guides fun and helpful.

Busses were good, but some of the headphones/audio didn't work. Guides fun and informative.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 10/06/2016

Liberty island Ellis island early access tour

Amanda was our guide and did N outstanding job. She was knowlegeable, articulate , and personable. Highly recommend

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