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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- When to visitFerry departures vary throughout the year. Check the website in order to plan properly.
- What is the price?Around $25
- Will I need a guide?No.
- How to get thereFerries set off from Battery Park, Brooklyn.
- Additional tips
- Bring snacks.
- Put on sunscreen in the summer.
What People Are Saying About Statue of Liberty
Well organised tour. David the guide, good sense of humour and full of knowledge. We went over New Year and it was freezing, on the outer deck, do wrap up, well worth the cold though! Came home with some great photos.
Awesome, so glad we spent extra money for the guide. Dianna was FABULOUS. She brought our attention to the most important and interesting things and she had additional information. Highly recommend.
In addition to singing beautifully, reciting a sonnet, and telling corny jokes, Matthew proved a knowledgeable guide. He did a great job putting me in the mind of the immigrants passing through Ellis Island.
It was a place I had flown over many times, but never had the opportunity to see it up close with a tour. This trip made that possible. It was amazing going into the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and seeing the making of that great piece of artwork. Our guide, Cody, covering every bit of information he could share with us, did so in an interesting manner, he made learning history fun. He did the same for The Ellis Island Tour. What a building, and what it stood for , once inside, I had such an emotional feeling of all the vibrations left by the ancestors. Passing through there after a long journey, not knowing what awaits you, the uncertainty of their future and the courage and stamina it took to get there. They are the foundation of this great country. Thank God for them.
An absolute highlight for us and would thoroughly recommend a guided tour. Rachel, our tour guide, was superb - funny, organised and very knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend this trip but make sure you catch the early ferry - later ferries to the island looked extremely busy. You will want to add another 1.5 hours to the trip atleast, to get the most out of Ellis Island.