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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?
    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

Very educational and got to see all the main sights.

We got to see all the things we wanted to see and more. Our tour guide Bonnie was GREAT and full of knowledge about the area and its history. Bonnie also got us through the lines quickly so we weren't wasting our time standing in lines.

Wonderful tour, with an end on the Top of the rock. Beautiful view!

Lots of seen and learned. Good guide, good explanation in Harlem and around Central park. Beautiful ambience in High line Chelsea and Market.

Manhattan Comprehensive Full Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Fabienne, 04/16/2018

Very entertaining and an overall excellent value.

The excursion in New York Harbor was comfortable and enjoyable. The tour guide was savvy, smart and entertaining. The extra touches were quite nice. The only minor points I would bring up are: 1)that when we booked the tickets, they said there would be headphones for an audio Spanish, but there was not and 2) although we had our mobile voucher on our cell phone, we were not allowed to board the watercraft with such-rather we had to go back to the booth and get printed tickets anyway. Other than that, overall, this was an excellent experience and value.

This ticket is very worthwhile, queue busting and great visit to lady

This ticket is great value for money, very easy to locate get your guide rep inside castle Clinton, queue busting, access to pedestal area really worthwhile. It was a wet cloudy day but we still got great photos and enjoyed our visit.

Informative and funny guide lifted the gloom of a winters day.

Despite the winter weather putting a damper on the tour Zach managed to lift the groups spirits with enthusiasm and expert knowledge of the history of the Statue and Ellis Island Immigration - the tour was littered with real facts and information with the addition of amusing Zach facts.

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