Statue of Liberty

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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?
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    March-May: Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
    June-August: Open daily, 8:30 AM-6:45 PM
    September-October: Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:45 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Statue of Liberty

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,759 reviews

Great when you reserve online that way you don't need to stand on line to get tickets. Be prepared for a security check point just as at the airport but after that, just get on tbe ferry and enjoy the views of both the Manhattan Skyline and Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island. Great photo ops.

Go early because, like everywhere else, they'll screen you and check your bags. Also the ferries only go in a clockwise direction, so even if you just want to see the Statue, the ferry will still go to Ellis Island, then back to Manhattan.

Rob was awesome, it felt I was touring with family, he was patient and super friendly, it was an awesome experience, without them I couldn’t done and see so much

We had an amazing, awesome guide for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island, she was very informative and made it an exciting experience.

It was a beautiful day so the city looked fabulous! They also had a cafe on 2 levels.