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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Statue of Liberty: Tours & Tickets

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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.

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When should I visit?

Ferry departures vary throughout the year. Check the website in order to plan properly.

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’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 .

★★★★★ 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 9/11 Memorial.

★★★★★ 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.

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