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Top sights in New York City
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 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
I'm glad that I booked this tour instead visiting the Statue of Liberty by myself. It's easy to find the gathering place, the staffs there will arrange everything for you after showing them the QR-code or booking confirmation. As for my experience, our tour guide (07/16 morning guy) is passionate, telling us the stories in an intriguing way and helping us take some nice pictures on the island. The time was a little bit hurry due to the schedule but didn't influence so much. Highly recommend.
It was a great day for my family. As I Said before we just walked in collected out tickets. The staff were polite and helpful. We were able to start our tour straight away. We all preferred the audio speakers rather than following a guide as we had children with us and they wanted to explore in a different order to us. I would recommend this to anyone thinking of coming to the Statue of Liberty.
Obviously a popular destination, with the tickets we purchased ($27 pp) this was a solid deal. Instructions were easy. You can get the guided tour but not needed since you get the little audio things for free once you're on liberty island. Ellis island was great also (and air conditioned). If you're a go-at-your-pace person, get this deal. Great time!!
What a professional tour service! Our tour guide, Jenn, turned a 4 hour tour into a wonderful and touching journey! She was courteous and knowledgeable, and so enthusiastic, we were sad when it was over. One of my favorite parts of the tour was when Jenn recited The Great Colossus by Emma Lazarus. I was in tears!
Book a guide every time. Our guide Nina filled our minds with so much information. My son and I are still talking about our first day in New York. Without Nina, it would of been impossible to take in all that Liberty and Ellis Island had to tell us.