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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

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

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

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

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

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?
    No.
  • 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

My second visit to Ellis Island was even more inspiring than my first.

My second visit, after many years, was more informative & inspiring than my first. The photo & caption displays on the second floor were enthralling as they captured the essence of the times & feelings of America & Americans, who are among the most generous people on earth.. I would have loved to have interviewed the very diverse group of visitors & asked them, many of whom are (or were LEGAL ) immigrants. Of course, my question to them would be what difference do they see between then & now between the determination of immigrants then who were then deemed L.P.C. ( Likely to become Public Charges) & the illegals that are overwhelmingly & predominately at our southern border today?

NYC: Priority or Flexible Statue of Liberty Ticket Reviewed by Matthew, 04/13/2019

Outstanding! Nicola, our guide is one of the best guides I ever had.

It was an excellent tour, Nicola our guide was one of the best tour guides I have ever had, and I travel quite often. Very knowledgeable and witty. Did the tour as part of spring break vacations with my grandson and he kept his attention throughout the four hours. I highly recommend this tour. Janet Pesquera

Tour guide was energetic and full of great stories

Was worried the tour would be too long, but the time was perfect! Enough time to explore on our own with great facts and stories told by tour guide!

Great day and our guide Jacob was brilliant.

I would really recommend this tour. It was a great informative day. Went early morning so everything was easy. Our guide Jacob was fab, knew loads, kept us all upbeat and was a pleasure to hang out with!! Really enjoyable day!

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour Reviewed by Angelina, 03/04/2019

Miss the Lines! Get your tickets at GetYourGuide

On a recent trip to NYC, we wanted to make another trip to Ellis Island. the concierge at our hotel could not get us boat tickets. But I found GETYour Guide by Mistake...bought the tickets, went to Battery Park and found the hostess. Got the tickets, enjoyed the day at our leisure and got a bonus trip to Statue of Liberty! I HIGHLY recommend them. Easy, convenient, NO LINES.

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