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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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Ferry departures vary throughout the year. Check the website in order to plan properly.
  • Is it expensive?
    Around $25
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    Ferries set off from Battery Park, Brooklyn.
  • Additional information

    • Bring snacks.

    • Put on sunscreen in the summer.

What people are saying about Statue of Liberty

Everything went perfectly, I didn't have any problem.

I booked the ticket at night for the next morning when everything went perfectly. I've found the woman with the tickets immediately with the application who gave me the tickets quickly and I could also enter the boat immediately. Many ships leave throughout the day so you can choose from many options, you can take your time and enjoy the journey.

Priority Statue of Liberty Ticket with Optional Pedestal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 16/09/2018

FANTASTIC statue of liberty and Ellis Island tour and guide (Zach)

Zach was an amazing tour guide. I will recommend him to any and everyone. The tour was well worth the money spent.

This tour was awesome. Jen was very informative and fun tour guide.

Tour was excellent. Jen, our tour guide was great and fun. Kept things interesting. Suggest going to the 8:30 a.m. tour is less crowded. Tight security at the State of Liberty. Back packs with 2-straps must be placed in a locker for $2. Cross body type packs or purses are fine. Lockers can be confusing and take too much time to check-in and check-out. That area gets congested and can be frustrating. Only regret. . we were limited on time due to return flight and had to miss parts of the Ellis Island tour. Would go again and plan for all-day.

Incredible to see this beautiful icon up close and in person!

Everyone knows Lady Liberty... But nothing prepared me for what a work of art she really is, when you get to "meet" her in person. She's stunning! Book well in advance for pedestal access, it's absolutely worth it! Ellis Island is thought-provoking, the staff very helpful and knowledgeable. We were looking for an ancestor but unfortunately did not find him in the archives, but the staff gave us tips on where else we might try. The process of getting tickets from the Get Your Guide ladies was seamless. There were short waits here and there, but because we went early, they really were short! We were on the boat heading for Liberty Island by 10am, but by the time we headed on to Ellis Island at about midday, we could see the queues building up.

Priority Statue of Liberty Ticket with Optional Pedestal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/09/2018

Owen was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour a memorable experie

We believe that we had the best tour guide possible. Owen was fantastic. He shared so many facts with us and made the tour a true experience that we will never forget!!

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