Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty

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This symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is one of the most famous statues in the world.

Few buildings conjure up as many emotions as New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty, an awe-inspiring symbol of freedom, hope and democracy standing proud on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

One of the world’s most recognizable monuments, the 305-foot (92 meters) tall Statue of Liberty greeted weary immigrants travelling by boat to a better life during the 19th century. A gift to the United States from France in 1886 to commemorate the American Declaration of Independence, it has made countless appearances on television and in Hollywood films.

For those visiting today, a ferry trip to the island includes breathtaking views of the Manhattan harbor, city skyline and the statue. Ferries frequently depart at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

Guided tours, run by the National Park Service, clock in at just under an hour — perfect for tourists with packed schedules — and provide a general overview of the island and the statue’s long history. Self-guided audio tours are also available for the more autonomous. Whichever you choose, be sure to join the line to ascend to the statue’s crown. Closed to the public following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and again for renovations in 2011, the platform is now up and running. There are 25 glass windows serving up 360-degree views of New York that are well worth the slow-winding line up to the top.

Less than a mile north of Liberty Island is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, a worthy stop for those intrigued by New York’s immigration history. Until 1954, Ellis Island was a processing center for millions of people seeking asylum or a new start in the United States. The museum, housed in the island’s historic main building, has self-guided exhibits crammed with fascinating photographs, artifacts, prints, videos and interactive displays that capture the hopes and struggles of the city’s immigrant population.

The Statue of Liberty is located in the New York Harbor, between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Catch a ferry at Battery Park, on many bus and subway lines.

Top Hotels Close to Statue of Liberty

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
99 Washington St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $132 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,227 reviews)
"The staff was exceptional and responsive and fast. The room was nice with a nice view. The stoppers in the sink and tub did not work properly. The sink was too shallow. The location was excellent if you want to see the 9/11 memorial or the Statue of Liberty. Both are within an easy walking ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
3 out of 5
133 Greenwich St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $200 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions One World Trade Center and Wall Street ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (39 reviews)
"Everything was fine. Only problem was all the lounge and waiting areas were closed. That was pretty unfortunate."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
Collective Governors Island
Collective Governors Island
3.5 out of 5
Craig Road North, New York, NY, 11231
The price is $709 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the bar and the bathrooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
"The Collective is unique and comfortable. The yoga class was a bonus. Unfortunately, my dinner (tuna) was overcooked and expensive."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Collective Governors Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Statue of Liberty

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

You can bring a regular sized backpack...even if the website says otherwise. Security thoroughly checks it either way.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

The statue is always packed so if you don’t mind the view just book a liberty cruise for $14 and it’ll take you right up to it

4/5 - Good

ML

Feb 18, 2020

Take the Staten Island Ferry up & down!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Don't pay anyone offering you a ticket. Only buy from the state parks of America. Or just take the Staten Island Ferry for free and pass by the statue. Only pay if you want to get closer to the statue.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

do not do the deluxe ferry rides not worth the cash

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Make reservations ahead of time if you want to go up in the crown.

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Best Lodging Options Near Statue of Liberty

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
99 Washington St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $132 per night from May 30 to May 31
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
3 out of 5
133 Greenwich St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $200 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hotel NY Downtown Manhattan
Collective Governors Island
Collective Governors Island
3.5 out of 5
Craig Road North, New York, NY, 11231
The price is $709 per night from May 19 to May 20
Collective Governors Island
Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown
3 out of 5
6 Water St, New York, NY, 10004
The price is $174 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown
The Washington
The Washington
4.5 out of 5
8 Albany Street, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $206 per night from May 30 to May 31
The Washington
Indigo NYC Downtown Wall Street, an IHG Hotel
Indigo NYC Downtown Wall Street, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
120-122 Water Street, New York, NY, 10005
The price is $154 per night from May 29 to May 30
Indigo NYC Downtown Wall Street, an IHG Hotel
Millennium Downtown New York
Millennium Downtown New York
4 out of 5
55 Church Street, New York, NY, 10007
The price is $219 per night from May 30 to May 31
Millennium Downtown New York
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
4 out of 5
140 Washington St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $134 per night from May 30 to May 31
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
World Center Hotel
World Center Hotel
4 out of 5
144 Washington St, New York, NY, 10006
The price is $149 per night from May 30 to May 31
World Center Hotel
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