7 ways to view the Statue of Liberty

Written by Places We Love, Travel Guide, Travel Tips

Statue of Liberty

A gift from France to America, ‘Lady Liberty’ as she is fondly referred is a beacon of freedom to all that pass their gaze on the national treasure.

Gifted to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence in 1876, although delivered 10-years late, there are many ways to glimpse the structure.

Try these Statue of Liberty vantage points on your next visit to New York City.

1. Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry operates 24-hours per day, allowing for viewing by day or night. Departing from both Whitehall Terminal and St George Terminal in lower Manhattan, the commuter ferry motors her way to Staten Island, slowly breezing past Lady Liberty, before hooking to the east.

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

2. Battery Park

This green space can be found in lower Manhattan, with stretching views across the Hudson River towards the Ellis Island beacon. Battery Park served as the first immigrant depot in New York City, before the Statue of Liberty cast her gaze towards incoming immigrants. Today, the park is now memorialised with America’s other statue of freedom, the bald eagle.

3. Governors Island

Come for the view, but stay for the day with an outdoors 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.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

4. One World Observatory

For a true birds-eye-view, visit level 100 of One World Trade Centre, one of the tallest buildings in the world with 360-degree views of New York State. If the floor-to-ceiling windows are not enough scenic vista for you, take a walk over the glass ‘Sky Portal’ in the floor for a look straight down the 100-stories to the streets below!

5. Helicopter and scenic 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 witness the city that never sleeps truly sparkle.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

6. Brooklyn Bridge

Taking a stroll over the famous Brooklyn Bridge is a quintessential New York experience. As you admire this engineering feat, glance across for sweeping views of Manhattan towards the Statue of Liberty.

7. Red Hook Brooklyn

While exploring the neighborhoods, make your way to Red Hook, an up and coming gentrified waterfront neighborhood of Brooklyn. Track your way to Louis Valentino Jr. Pier and Park, where you can catch a rarer front-on 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.




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