Are you looking for the best way to see Statue of Liberty? Keep reading!
Finding the best way to see Statue of Liberty is so important! She’s one of the main sights to see in NYC, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right tour, ferry or guide! NYC is full of tour options, and you’ll want to make sure you pick the right one. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic sights to see in the city, and one of the best photo opportunities in the world – so of course you want to make sure you’re finding the best way to see Statue of Liberty.
Luckily, there are lots of great ways you can see The Statue of Liberty – so get your cameras ready! In my list of best ways to see the statue of liberty, I’ve tried to include a variety of free and paid ways (some of us have a big budget, some of us don’t!).
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Here are my favourite ways to see, and (what some would argue) is the best way to see Statue of Liberty…
Take the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island
Cost: about $20 per adult
One of the classic ways to see the Statue of Liberty is by doing the boat crossing over to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Liberty Island is where the Statue of Liberty is, so taking the ferry over there means you get great views on the approach, and also from the island itself (looking right up at Lady Liberty from the ground!). During the cruise over to Liberty Island and Ellis island, you will also be able to see the Manhattan skyline too – which is a big bonus! Included in the ticket price is:
- Entry to Liberty Island (where the Statue of Liberty is)
- Entry to the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum
- Entry to the Statue of Liberty Museum
- Multilingual audio tour headsets for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
- Ferry tickets (there and back)
- The Pedestal Access option includes access Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty National Monument with entry to the Pedestal Museum and Viewing platform.
The boats leave really often from Battery Park, and honestly for the small price tag you get so much included in the ticket. It’s a great option, and gets you as close as you can be!
See the Statue of Liberty from a boat tour
Cost: $25 – $75 (depending on which tour you choose!)
Next on my list of the best way to see Statue of Liberty, it’s a boat tour. The ferry above will take you to the Statue of Liberty island, but it’s not a ‘tour’ it’s more a public transit over to the Statue of Liberty. One of the best ways to see the Statue of Liberty is from the water around it, and taking an actual ‘tour’ is a great way to get amazing views (without having to disembark at Liberty Island). The nice thing about booking a boat tour (over the ferry) is that you’ll get to see other parts of the NYC skyline too such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.
There are many boat tours that will take you out to the Statue of Liberty as part of their tour, and booking one is definitely a must-do while in the city. It’s a great way to see the Statue of Liberty, but it’s also a great way to see the city skyline too.
Budget friendly boat tour: A simple 60 minute cruise around Manhattan
This tour is perfect if you want to see the Statue of Liberty up close, but don’t need to get off at Ellis Island. This tour also takes you under the Brooklyn Bridge, so it’s a great budget option. There are loads of great photo opportunities during this tour, and you’ll get to learn a thing or two!
A little bit of luxury: A luxury yacht tour around the Statue of Liberty
This unique tour around the Statue of Liberty is something a little bit different. This boat tour lets you soak in the views of the Statue of Liberty in a luxury 1920s style yacht, whilst you sip champagne! It’s a lovely laid back tour option on a really comfortable boat, and perfect for spring or summer time when the weather is nice.
Romantic and scenic: 60 min Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Sunset Cruise
Next on my list of the best ways to see Statue of Liberty, it’s this romantic boat tour. This tour departs at what is probably the most romantic time of day to see The Statue of Liberty, it heads off at sunset! This boat tour lets you see Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline under the sparkle of sunset, and it’s a perfect option for couples!
Unique and special: 2 hour Clipper City Tall Ship Sunset Sail
This unique boat tour is on a traditional clipper tall ship – so it’s a bit different and quirky and a really memorable way to see the Statue of Liberty! I LOVE this tour, it’s a real show-stopper and it’d make a lovely surprise for people. It also an amazing opportunity for some cute NYC photos – how often do you get to see the Statue of Liberty from a clipper tall ship!
Unique and special: Champagne Brunch aboard the Classic Schooner Shearwater
Another unique option for seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water – this tour is really something special – and it includes a champagne brunch (I’m sold!). Choose from a plentiful buffet, while you take in close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Ellis Island. It’s a great all-rounder, with a bit of food and romance added in for good measure.
See the Statue of Liberty from Lower Manhattan and Battery Park
Next on my list of the best way to see Statue of Liberty, visit Battery Park! This view of the Statue of Liberty does not require the use of a boat, great for anyone who suffers from sea-sickness! By going to Battery Park, an area situated in Lower Manhattan, you can quite clearly take in the stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. You won’t be able to get up close to the Statue of Liberty, but it’s a great option for soaking in some of the best views of Statue of Liberty without actually leaving dry land!
I recommend getting off at either South Ferry Subway, or Whitehall Street Subway. But any of the subway stations on the map below (look for the blue M sign) will be in easy walking distance. You won’t get close-up views from here, but it’s still a great choice!
Take a New York City Dinner Cruise
Cost: Around $80 – $120
For a really special, and one of the best way to see Statue of Liberty, this definitely is an incredible experience (and a romantic one too!). This is a dinner cruise, but the dinner boat does pass close by to the Statue of Liberty giving you access to fabulous views and photo opportunities. If you’re planning a date night in the city during your vacation – this is a great choice.
If you want to combine a trip to see the Statue while having a romantic dinner, then this is the perfect option. If you’re wanting to plan something a little bit luxurious and a little bit special – then this is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty.
Take a helicopter tour
Cost: From $180 per person
If you want to see the Statue of Liberty from the sky, instead of the sea – then you simply have to book a helicopter tour that will take you soaring over the Statue of Liberty (and lots of other amazing attractions too). The views are literally breathtaking – it’s a magical angle to see the city from – and in my opinion, the best way to see Statue of Liberty.
It’s once-in-a-lifetime for most people, and you’ll never forget it, it’s probably one of the most amazing things I have ever done…
One World Observatory
Cost: From $25 per person
From NYC’s tallest building, there are the most beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty framed by the other skyscrapers in downtown and wall st. They may not be close-up views like some of the tours above, but the views are amazing and you’ll be able to see the whole city from up there too. Definitely something not to miss – but make sure you book ahead as it does get busy!
I recommend booking ahead, especially as you can choose skip-the-line options (which save you so much time!
Staten Island Ferry
Next on my list of the best way to see Statue of Liberty in NYC… The Staten Island Ferry! It’s great because it’s free, and you don’t need to book ahead or anything – just turn up and get in the queue!
It’s honestly one of the best free things to do in the city anyway (considering it’s free!) which definitely means you should visit! One disadvantage to the Staten Island Ferry is that you don’t get up-close and personal with the Statue of Liberty, so you won’t get to see the Statue of Liberty in as much detail as you can from the boat tours above.
To take the ferry, you simply take the subway to South Ferry and then take the free ferry ride across the harbour. As you take the crossing, you’ll get amazing views of The Statue of Liberty, and whilst you don’t get as close as some of the paid tours, it’s still an incredible outlook! The Staten Island Ferry operates 24 hours a day and you are allowed to take bicycles on board.
Book an early access ticket to the Statue of Liberty
Cost: $50-$60 per person
Next on my list of best way to see Statue of Liberty, is to book an early access ticket.
The early access ticket is amazing for people who want a bit of extra time and space to see the beautiful Statue of Liberty, as you’ll get to be there before everyone else and have some time to truly soak it all in. It includes the boat over to the Statue of Liberty, as well as the museums and tours, but you’re paying a bit extra to see her before all the tours and crowds arrive. Being able to see the Statue of Liberty without the crowds is a really amazing and unique experience.
It feels a bit more special and private, and if you’re into photography – this is the perfect way to ensure you get loads of gorgeous photos before everyone else arrives later in the morning.
Circle Line, Liberty Cruise
Cost: Adult $29 Senior $28 Child $23
Next on my list of the best places to see the Statue of Liberty, it’s the Circle Line Cruise. The Circle Line Liberty Cruise allows you to sail just 100 feet from the Statue of Liberty, giving you the perfect opportunity to take stunning photographs. Which definitely qualifies it for this list of best way to see Statue of Liberty! A narrated guide is also given, which is nice if you want to learn a little more about the history of the Statue of Liberty.
Onboard facilities include a café and bar, deck space and air-conditioned indoor seating. As one of the most popular Harbour cruises, it is highly recommended that you make an early booking.
Take a private guided tour
Last on my list of the best place to see the Statue of Liberty, it’s a private guided tour. If you really want to learn everything you can about the Statue of Liberty, then booking a private guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island is what you’ll want to do!
This particular tour means that you can skip all the lines, included a timed entrance (no queuing!) onto the ferry, a skip the line ticket, entrance to the Statue of Liberty, entrance to the Pedestal, entrance to the Statue of Liberty Museum and entrance to Ellis Island Museum too. Plus your tour guide will ensure you’re filled with all the facts and information you need!
I hope this list of the best place to see the Statue of Liberty has been helpful. Let me know if you have any questions – I’ll try and answer them below!