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Statue of Liberty Pedestal, Ellis Island and Pre-Ferry Tour

Duration: 4 hours – 6 hours
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Take a 30-minute guided tour of Battery Park and then get guaranteed access to the Statue of Liberty pedestal & Ellis Island with this GetYourGuide…

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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

Our guide was Sara and she was informative and knowledgeable.

Having a tour was very helpful in allowing me to see these sites efficiently. Sara knew the ropes when it came to the ferries, and was able to provide us with key information. I had a busy day planned and I was thankful for the guidance.

onderful experience I would recommend to everyone.

Our guide, Alice, was well versed in the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. She provided us with a plethora of interesting facts during the tour. I would recommend this to anyone planning on visiting the sites. Alice was not only knowledgeable of the facts, she provided facts and tidbits we would have never gleaned just visiting the museums.

My family and i had a great time experience

Indeed its a great experience for me and my family for this tour at Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We've learned a lot from Robert thru the history and great stories in this tour.. He's been always there assisting the group for whatever our needs, concerns, questions specially to my mom which she has a knee problem... Given a chance again to have a tour in NY my family and i we'll be looking for Robert to have another great experience...

Mike is a fount of knowledge, organized, and interesting, great tour!

We met at 9:15 am for the Statue/Pedestal/Ellis Island tour. Mike rounded up everyone, explained what we were going to do and led the way. He had tons of information presented in a way that made it interesting and kept both my wife & I and our two teenage sons engaged. What you get from this tour is beyond just information about the Statue & Ellis, which are amazing, you also get the seamless logistics of moving through large crowded spaces, where to go for the best view, where to be to get on & off the ferry boats, what vantage points give you the most impact, plus a great sense of humor. Way more than we expected, we were commenting to each other how much more difficult it would be if we had to navigate and pay attention to where to be. With Mike we could concentrate on the purpose of the visit & maximize our time looking at & understanding how the SOL came to be, the vision of the creators, and what it stands for today & what happened at Ellis. Highly recommended, we had a blast!

I did not expexted that... it was awesome

I was planing to take my nephew to see Statue of Liberty as I have showed my other relatives before - boring old style slow boats that you must stay in longest line in universe - we talking hours!!! some time twice if you forgot to by tickets online few days before trip - like I did yesterday... so I start searching for alternative ways to go and see Mrs. Liberty and I stumble upon this speed boat ride... I decided to give a trial and ... oh man oh man - I am definitely coming back - big times

Beast Speedboat Ride Reviewed by Erik, 08/20/2017

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