Statue of Liberty: Tours & Tickets
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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
With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.
Tight security before getting to the ferry is good and a necessity. Even if you’re scheduled at a certain time, its not being followed as long as you have guaranteed tickets. If works for my group since some came late and got lost. Only problem, they don’t provide parking garage. Extra expense to pay parking especially if the tour takes like 2 to 3 hours.
Cesar is the best guide Ever! My experience wouldn't be the same without him. He is very knowledgeable and his energy was spectacular. The quality of his service was fabulous. Please recognized Cesar! HE IS AMAZING!
Love it, the only thing is that I miss the boat at 11 but catch it at 12, and it was because of missing info. Y’all have to notice people that they should go to the Clinton Castle.
Get there at least 15 minutes before for checking in and to go thru the check up point & be ready to wait at least 15 minutes before the ferry arrives.