A gift from France to the United States, ‘Lady Liberty’ as she is fondly known, is a beacon of freedom.
Gifted to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence in 1876 (although delivered 10-years late), The Statue of Liberty is among the most recognisable structures in the world and a huge drawcard for tourists.
The city that never sleeps has countless photo opportunities on offer but rarely does any visitor leave New York without a fair collection of photos featuring this copper clad icon.
Here are the best ways to view America’s iconic structure.
1. Dedicated tours
A range of operators package tours to Liberty and Ellis Islands where you can choose ground-only, pedestal and/or crown access tickets. The only way to guarantee entry is to book ahead though as there are limited numbers of tickets available each day. More information on ticket options here and ferry packages here.
2. Staten Island Ferry
The regular commuter ferry operates 24-hours a day. Departing from both Whitehall and St George Terminals in Lower Manhattan, the ferry route to Staten Island slowly passes Lady Liberty before hooking to the east.
3. Battery Park
This popular green space can also be found in Lower Manhattan, with stretching views across the Hudson River towards Ellis Island. Battery Park served as the first foreign entry point to New York City before the Statue of Liberty cast her gaze toward prospective immigrants. Today, the park is adorned with America’s other symbolic totem of freedom, the Bald Eagle.
4. Governors Island
Come for the view but stay for the day with a picnic to explore the offerings of this 172-acre island. Open during the summer months only, Governors Island can be accessed by ferry from Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
5. One World Observatory
For a stunning birds-eye-view, visit level 100 of One World Trade Center, one of the tallest buildings in the world with 360-degree views of New York City. If the floor-to-ceiling windows are not enough for you, take a walk over the glass ‘Sky Portal’ for a look straight down at the 100-storeys to street level!
6. Helicopter flight
What better way to see New York city than by air? Take a scenic helicopter flight over the city and out towards the Statue of Liberty. Follow the Hudson River for unparalleled city views and see New York truly sparkle. Special ‘Liberty Tours’ take just 15 minutes and cost around USD230 per person.
7. Brooklyn Bridge
Taking a stroll over the famous Brooklyn Bridge is a quintessential New York experience. From the famous bridge’s walkway, you can take in sweeping views of Manhattan towards the Statue of Liberty.
8. Red Hook Brooklyn
While exploring the neighbourhoods, make your way to Red Hook, an up and coming gentrified waterfront neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Track your way to Louis Valentino Jr. Pier and Park, where you can catch a lesser-known front view of the statue. Enjoy one of the many popular eateries on the main street of Van Brunt. Hire a bike from Lower Manhattan and ride over the impressive bridge or take one of the free ferries on the weekends.
Published under license from Well Travelled.