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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

Remy was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly!

Remy was the very best guide! Friendly, personable, knowledgeable! Highly recommend him! We had a great time!!!

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Stephanie, 12/07/2018

A great tour with a super friendly guide

I took the tour early in the morning with Jessica and as sleepy and unenthusiastic as I was due to the early hour, Jessica made it very easy to cheer up and enjoy every minute of the tour. Got lots of insights and facts about both the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis island with quick and easy access to the pedestals. Loved how Jessica decided to lie down on the ground to take all of our pictures with the Statue of Liberty. Thank you for making it my most memorable tour of New York! :)

Staff was exceptional, in particular our Ranger giving the tour,

Having never been to Liberty Island and only viewing the Statue of Liberty from afar, the tour and overall experience was incredible. The information given to us from the Ranger was noteworthy, His presentation was better than any history lesson I received in school. My grandchildren told me that they couldn't wait to tell their teacher that the same man who designed the Eiffel Tower was also the same one who designed the statue. I definitely will return some later date when I have more time to visit the pedestal and the crown. I also can't wait to visit the museum currently under construction. Ellis Island was also very impressive and from $7.00, to review the records is incredible. The National Park Service and its Rangers should be commended for their devotion to our history and most famous landmark. Thank you.

The tour was great , the tour guide made it even greater !

The tour was great , even though the tour is 4 hours long and there’s endless stairs you have to go up in lady liberty it was a great experience. The tour guide (from Chile) made the whole experience fun, exciting. The only problem I encounter was not being able to locate the meeting point , I called the emergency number provided and was on line for 15 mins with no answer and the time was just a few mins before the tour started . Luckily I figured it out myself , service contact should be more reliable .

Great, no-hassle option for Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

This was a no-hassle option for seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Not a glitch and a great experience. Reserve line access to the ferry is a must. Definitely get the Statue of Liberty pedestal upgrade -- it's worth it!

Priority Statue of Liberty Ticket with Optional Pedestal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/22/2018

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