The Statue of Liberty is one of the the most recognizable landmarks in the world and is a universal symbol of political freedom and democracy. Between 1892 and 1924 she welcomed generations of immigrants to the United States as they passed through nearby Ellis Island. In 1984 the Statue of Liberty was recognized as a masterpiece of the human spirit and added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you’re looking for a photo op of the Statue of Liberty here are our favorite options.
Staten Island Ferry
This is the most economical option for a close view of Our Lady Liberty. For no charge, visitors can hop on the ferry and take a journey across the New York Harbor. The boat runs 24/7 and no reservation is required. You might want to avoid normal rush hour traffic times though because the boat tends to get crowded with people commuting for work.
Statue Cruises to Liberty Island
The official boat service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum is Statute Cruises. Two departure points are offered, either from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey. You can purchase a variety of ticket types that will give you access to everything from just the ferry to Ellis Island and the ability to wander around on the grounds to tickets that let you walk up into the crown. It’s recommended to buy your tickets in advance for this excursion.
Visit the Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood
If you aren’t keen to step off dry land, head over to Brooklyn’s quirkiest neighborhood, Red Hook. It offers beautiful cobblestone streets, New York’s only IKEA, and great South American food. To get the best view of Lady Liberty, meander down Valentino Pier where you will see her almost directly facing you. The best part of this view is – it’s free! This view is from a distance however, so the photographers out there should bring a zoom lens to get the best shot. This neighborhood is easy to get to with New York’s MTA. You can easily make a day out of hanging out in this area. Spend the afternoon exploring quaint bookstores, admiring the architecture, relaxing in a coffee shop and stumbling upon many other hidden treasures.
Get a bird’s-eye of the Statue of Liberty with a helicopter ride! Not only will you come face-to-face with this iconic monument but you will also get awesome views of the rest of Manhattan. As expected, this experience is on the more expensive side but it’s a must for any visitor to New York City.
Lower Manhattan and the Battery
Another option for those who would like to stay on land is to head to the southern tip of Manhattan, known as the Battery. No other New York neighborhood has more historical significance than Lower Manhattan. Battery Park, located at the very end of Manhattan, is a hub of outdoor activity. You can get excellent long-distance views from here and avoid the lines for the ferry.