New York City’s most iconic landmark is a sight to behold in the summer. Tourists from around the world flock to New York to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty or to climb the stairs to her Crown. The historic monument pays tribute to the immigrant history of our nation, and it’s moving to see the Statue of Liberty and think of those She welcomed into Ellis Island for so many years.
There are many ways to see the Statue of Liberty, from the land and from the sea. The best option for you most likely depends on your family’s travel style. Are you okay with waiting in lines to get the ultimate experience. Would you prefer to see Lady Liberty from a bit further away to avoid the crowds? These are questions to think about before your trip to NYC.
The most traditional and comprehensive way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take the ferry right to it. Your New York Explorer attractions pass includes a Statue of Liberty Ferry ticket, so getting to Liberty Island won’t cost you a thing. Remember, due to large crowds and security lines, you may still be waiting for quite a while at Battery Park before departing for the Island. However, this is the only way to actually set foot on Liberty Island or on the Statue itself, so many tourists think it’s worth the wait. Once on the Island, you’ll have free access to the Pedestal – though be aware that reservations are required. You can also pay a fee and reserve your place in line to climb up the 377 steps from the main lobby to the Crown. If there was ever a view to be envious of, it’s the one you’ll have from the top!
If you’re more interested in the view of the Statue of Liberty than from it, you may be happier taking a cruise around Liberty Island. This gives tourists the opportunity to be on the water, see stunning views of the Statue and the Manhattan skyline, and to snap iconic photos along the way.
Your first option is the Circle Line Lady Liberty Cruise, a narrated 75-minute tour of the most important monuments in the New York Bay, paying special attention, of course, to the Statue of liberty and Ellis Island. Aboard this luxury cruise, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Alternatively, you could opt to hop on board the Statue of Liberty Express Cruise, a fun and speedy way to see the sights and feel the wind in your hair. In addition to the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center Site are highlights of this tour.
If you’ve seen the Statue of Liberty before or you’re just interested in getting the most unique experience, the Statue of Liberty Night Cruise may be just the right choice. The glowing view of Lady Liberty and the sparkling Brooklyn Bridge perfectly encapsulate the magic of New York.
All three of these cruises are available with your New York Explorer attractions pass. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from 50 other top attractions – with one convenient pass!