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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

Very nice and interesting tour with Rachel!

Rachel was a great and well-prepared guide, so enthusiastic and helpful. The trip around the Statue of Liberty was amazing, as the visit inside the statue very interesting. The museum of the immigration in Ellis Island is very interesting and fascinating as well. The view of the Manhatttan skyline?BREATH-TAKING!! Highly recommended tour!!

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Francesca, 01/31/2018

Very imformative and lots of fun. Great if you are 16 or 66

Brian went out of his way to show us a great time and reveal the multi-storied history of Manhattan.

Manhattan: 3-Hour Tenements, Tastings & Tales Tour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 01/23/2018

The tour was very informational and fun!

Kevin Seifried did an amazing job and was upbeat and very informational. He made the tour very enjoyable and he was obviously very knowledgeable!

Fantastic! Our guide went above and beyond

We were blown away with how good this cruise was! We had our nearly 2 year old daughter with us which always makes it difficult to be able to take in the sites, but our guide (I wish I got her name!) came and got us and brought us to a corner which she had set up for all the children with colouring books and popcorn and water. She also allowed the families with children to go in the VIP section when we were passing the Statue of Liberty and get a special photo. The children were then given free liberty headbands. It was amazing and so unexpected. We were also on our honeymoon and it was a wonderful experience to have been taken care of so that we could relax! Highly recommend if you have children!

Fantastic informative tour with Mike our brilliant guide

We had a mixture of ages in our group 2 teenagers & 3 adults and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Mike our tour guide was excellent and engaged everyone with his enthusiasm and interesting facts. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. Booking was easy too and instructions on where to meet etc were very clear - we’d definitely recommend to all!!

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