New York City Attraction Statue of Liberty

The most popular option is to take the ferry to Liberty Island departing regularly from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.  The ferry ride takes roughly 15, and offers passengers direct access to the island and the Statue itself, and the option of stopping on the way back at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum through which 17 million immigrants once passed.   Please note that tickets for access to the statue’s crown can sell out quickly, so advance reservations are recommended, especially during peak season.

Another option, for visitors or families staying in Jersey City and Hoboken is to take a somewhat shorter ferry ride from Liberty State Park in Jersey City which stops first at Ellis Island then continues to Liberty Island.  If they wish to then visit Lower and the September 11 Memorial and One World Observatory, those families can then board the ferry that returns to Battery Park, bypassing the Ellis Island museum, and eventually return to New Jersey by PATH train or water taxi. 

A third option is that some city sightseeing tours include tickets to the ferries.The first departure time for the Statue of Liberty ferries to Liberty Island, from both Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey, typically vary depending on the season and the specific ferry operator. However, ferries usually begin operating around 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. And the last departure time is usually around 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, again depending on the season and operator.

Please note that visitors should expect to wait in line to board the ferries during holidays and peak summer months, and that  tickets for access to the statue’s crown can sell out quickly, so advance reservations are recommended, especially during peak season

For those who are short on time, there are numerous sightseeing cruises that pass directly past Liberty Island that depart from various locations around New York City, including Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. These cruises of varying duration offer a variety of themes, allowing visitors to combine their Statue of Liberty experience with other interests, including sunset cruises (pictured at right) or historical harbor tours.