Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. 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.
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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.

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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.

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

How to get there

Ferries set off from Battery Park, Brooklyn.

Is it expensive?

Around $25

Will I need a guide?

No.

What people are saying about Statue of Liberty

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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 are 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 online 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.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour reviewed by Angel

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The most educational tour I’ve experienced
Bonnie was a great tour guide. We had a blast learning about the history related to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Memorial.

Statue of Liberty Pedestal, Ellis Island and Pre-Ferry Tour reviewed by Claudia

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A fantastic tour of all the best sights with an amazing guide
A brilliant way to see New York if you only have a short time as you get to experience all the major sights with a fantastically friendly and knowledgable guide. The observatory entry is a must-see you get the most incredible view of the whole island and beyond. Lynsey our guide was warm, funny and so helpful and gave us the confidence to explore further on our own in the days after her tour.

New York: “Must See” Full-Day Tour with Observatory Entry reviewed by Sharon

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An informative and enjoyable half-day trip.
My wife and I had a brief stopover in New York and decided to use much of the time on this trip. It was a good decision. Our guide, Cherie, was very knowledgeable and imparted a lot of information. She also made the time enjoyable, whilst treating the subject matter with due respect. We felt that our time had been well spent and that we had received good value for money.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour reviewed by Peter

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