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Last updated: 01 May, 2023

A gift from the French to the Americans in 1886 to mark the centenary of American independence, ‘The Lady’ has become New York’s most iconic symbol. Standing 151ft high, 1 mile off Manhattan’s southern tip, she also became a symbol of freedom and opportunity to millions of arriving immigrants fleeing persecution or poverty elsewhere – and the embodiment of the American spirit.

Also on site is the fascinating former immigrant processing office at Ellis Island, now museum, that explains why the city invited mass migrations in the 19th century, how they were settled, and the impacts on life today.

Price from: £22
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Statue of Liberty tour ferries depart from Battery Park. You take a specified time of ferry out, but once on the island you can linger and take any ferry back. On the way back, ferries stop at the fascinating former immigrant processing office at Ellis Island, now a museum; you can choose to get off or not.

You can also take the free Staten Island Ferry (to Staten Island and back). You won’t get so close, or get to the island itself, but the views are still great.

Frequent city boat tours along the Hudson River will also get you up close to the statue. Or, for a more high-octane approach, hop on the BEAST, a 70-foot offshore racing powerboat that will whiz you down the Hudson, past the Statue and back again, in a thrilling hold-on-tight, wind-in-your-face 30-minute ride. Departs from Pier 83.

A final way to view the statue – without the crowds – is by helicopter. Liberty and New York Helicopters both offer flights that get you eye-to-eye with the Lady herself.

When to do it

Ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, and Hudson River boat turs, run all year round, seven days a week. The Jetboat thrill ride runs May to September only.

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is also open all year round, seven days a week.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

New York City Statue of Liberty Super Express Cruise

New York City Statue of Liberty Super Express Cruise

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

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Statue of Liberty Tour: Museum, Statue Grounds & Battery Park

Statue of Liberty Tour: Museum, Statue Grounds & Battery Park

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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sail aboard Clipper City

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sail aboard Clipper City

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Step aboard a historic sailing ship and cruise around New York Harbor, taking in magnificent views of this grand city by day. You will enjoy...

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Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

The Greenwich Hotel

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[4.5 miles]

Robert DeNiro’s eclectic sanctuary of individual character with old-school traditional luxury, in trendy Tribeca. Exquisite interiors and intimate atmosphere make it feel like a private club.

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Crosby Street Hotel

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[5.5 miles]

Art-inspired, funky boutique hotel nicely tucked away but close to the best downtown suburbs – a proverbial ‘hidden gem’.

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Mercer New York

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[5.5 miles]

The original loft hotel with searing-hot A-list credentials and superb luxury in fashionable, central SoHo. Perfect for shoppers, foodies and partiers who love being in the heart of the buzz.

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Bowery Hotel

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[6.1 miles]

A stylish, distinctive and happening luxury boutique hotel in a pivotal location between downtown’s best neighbourhoods.

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Great value 1-3 hour sightseeing cruises around Manhattan, offering the chance to appreciate the city skyline and its key landmarks – including the Statue of Liberty – from the relative tranquillity of the Hudson River.

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