Statue of Liberty

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Key Info

Liberty Island

Price & Hours

$18.50 for adults; $9 for kids 4-12
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 3.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 3:30 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long, disorganized lines and security screenings on top of the $18.50 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip.

To avoid some of the hassle and make the most of your day, travelers offer a few 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, New Jersey (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. Taking a guided tour is another hassle-free way to see the iconic landmark. Several of the city's best boat tours circle the Statue of Liberty, making for some spectacular photos.

The ferry that leaves from Battery Park is accessible from the Bowling Green subway stop; you can take the 4 or 5 train and visit any day except Dec. 25. Check out the official website for more information or go to the Statue Cruises website for boat schedules, information and to purchase tickets online. For more helpful tips on making the most of your visit, check out our list of everything you need to know before you go.

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