Statue of Liberty (New York): tips and best time for visiting

How to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York? In order to get to the island of Liberty where the statue is located, you have to take a ferry. You can take the tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty which include the ferry and entrances to the Immigration Museum. Or alternatively, simply take a cruise around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Here are the different possible options: here we go!

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  3. Taking a cruise ๐ŸŒ‡
  4. Flying by the Statue of Liberty ๐Ÿš
  5. Best time ๐Ÿ‘
  6. How long to plan ๐Ÿ•˜
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1. Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Must-see. Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must-see on a trip to New York. Many travelers choose to go to Liberty Island in order to see the statue up close and then visit the Immigration Museum.

National Museum of Immigration. The National Museum of Immigration is on Ellis Island, just off Liberty Island. Full of history and emotion, this museum is very interesting to visit to better understand the United States.

How to visit? The most popular tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty include the return ferry ticket, but also the entrance tickets to the Immigration Museum. Some give access to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, others do not. Here is an example of combined tickets: return ferry tickets + Liberty Island tour + Immigration Museum.

Leave with the first ferry of the day. If you take the first ferry of the day, you will visit the Statue of Liberty and the Immigration Museum avoiding the crowds (see prices).

CityPass! The New York City Pass is a good option if you are going to visit at least 5 major New York must-sees: find out about the benefits of the pass here.

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2. See the Statue of Liberty from a ferry

Another possible option! You can also choose not to go to Liberty Island at all, and see the Statue of Liberty from a boat without going down to the island. This is a good option if you’re short on time, or if you’ve already visited the interior of the Statue of Liberty on a previous trip. The cruise might take you just an hour. For example, here is an example of a cruise around the Statue of Liberty.

Good to know. There are free ferries that run between Staten Island and New York every 30 minutes, and sometimes every 15 minutes. On the other hand, the ferries do not pass very close to the Statue of Liberty. The single journey takes 25 minutes.

3. Taking a cruise around Manhattan

By night. If you want to experience the Statue of Liberty but want to see the beautiful lights of New York City after dark, you can book this 2-hour Statue of Liberty cruise.

Brunch. Enjoy New York from a nice luxury yacht! It’s a nice activity to do in New York as a couple: brunch on a yacht.

Dinner. If you are looking for an activity to do in Nez York in the evening, taking a dinner cruise is a very good option! You will see Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty at dusk (find out more about the dinner cruise).

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4. Flying by the Statue of Liberty in a helicopter

An experience to live! Yet another way to visit New York, and discover its Statue of Liberty. It is an activity that will clearly make your trip to New York unforgettable. From the helicopter, you will discover all the beauty of New York. Fares vary depending on flight time (find out more here).

5. Best time to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York

Days to avoid. Saturday is the busiest day. It is therefore not the best day to visit the Statue of Liberty. The second most visited day is Sunday (with a little less crowd in the morning). If you can choose the day of your visit, avoid Saturday and Sunday after 11am.

At what time? It is in the middle of the day that visitors are the most numerous, that is to say approximately from 11 am to 2 pm. In the morning before 11 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3 p.m., there are fewer people (except Saturday which is the busiest day). It is for this reason that the prices for the first ferries of the day are higher (book tickets here).

Good to know. It is from April to September, and for the New Year celebrations, that there are the most people who wish to visit the Statue of Liberty. If you are going to New York during this time of year, book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting.

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6. How long to visit the Statue of Liberty?

Plan 3-4 hours to visit the Statue of Liberty. This is the time needed to go to Liberty Island by ferry, visit the island, and then go to Ellis Island.

If you are going to visit the interior of the Statue of Liberty, as well as the Immigration Museum which is on Ellis Island, add 1 or 2 hours more. You can vary the duration of the visit, according to your wishes.

Generally, first-time travelers to New York plan a good half-day to visit the Statue of Liberty. This monument is one of the great things to do in New York. Read our blog post so you don’t miss a thing: TOP 40 to visit in New York.

In summary:

Here are the different options available to you to visit the Statue of Liberty during your trip to New York.

  • Go to Liberty Island (without visiting the interior of the Statue of Liberty, or the pedestal), then go to Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum (see photos, reviews and prices)
  • Go to Liberty Island to visit the interior of the Statue of Liberty, then go to Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum (see prices)
  • Fly over New York and in particular the Statue of Liberty in a helicopter (book here)

Good to know. The New York City Pass is a good option if you are going to visit at least 5 major New York must-sees: find out about the benefits of the pass here.

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To visit the Statue of Liberty in New York is to visit one of the most emblematic monuments of the city, but also of the United States. This visit is often accompanied by a visit to the Immigration Museum, which allows you to better understand the history of New York and America (find out more).

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