Statue of Liberty
- Type: Sightseeing, Tours
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 8:30 a.m., the last boat leaves around 6 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long queues and security screenings on top of the $13 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip.
To avoid some of the hassle and make the most of your day, travelers offer a couple of tips. One, get in line extra early so that you can get on one of the first boats. Two, purchase a ticket and catch the ferry at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ (you'll get the same tour but face shorter lines). If you're short on time, have no fear: You can still view the monument from Battery Park or the High Line.
The Statue of Liberty is accessible from the Bowling Green subway stop; you can take the 4 or 5 train and visit any day except Dec. 25. Visit her official website for more information, or go to the Ferry Cruises website for boat schedules.