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Best Places to See the Statue of Liberty

Is the Statue of Liberty your favorite New York landmark? Don't miss these 10 enclaves with the best views of "Lady Liberty".

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

9 min read

Best Places to See the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty seen from afar | ©Partha Narasimhan

The Statue of Liberty is the emblem of the United States and its most iconic landmark. If it's not on your list of things to see and do in New York, it should be! Therefore, it is not surprising that in New York there are so many places to contemplate it to the delight of New Yorkers and tourists eager to immortalize it with their camera from every possible corner of the city.

If you are one of them, in this post I show you 10 fantastic places where you will have the best views of the Statue of Liberty. In addition, you will be able to contemplate it in an almost unique way from several points of the city, not only from Manhattan or Brooklyn. You won't be able to stop taking pictures!

1. See it from the mighty Brooklyn Bridge

View of the Statue of Liberty from the Brooklyn Bridge| ©Jon Niola
View of the Statue of Liberty from the Brooklyn Bridge| ©Jon Niola

From the pedestrian walkway of the famous Brooklyn Bridge you will have one of the most beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty without spending a dime.

Early in the morning is a good time to cross it and take some pictures of the bridge and the statue without too many tourists around you. However, sunset is one of my favorite times to view "Lady Liberty" from here as the contrast between the color of the sky and the water will give you some great pictures.

When crossing the Brooklyn Bridge I recommend you to do it in the direction of Manhattan because you will enjoy the views of its skyline during the whole journey, which will take you about 45 minutes but if you stop to take pictures of these two iconic tourist attractions, you will surely be there much longer.

  • Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York,
  • Directions: By subway, City Hall (N, R), Chambers Street (J, Z) and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (4, 5, 6) stations.

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2. Stroll through Battery Park and enjoy unobstructed views

View of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park| ©David McSpadden
View of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park| ©David McSpadden

Another of the best places to see the Statue of Liberty for free is from the Battery Park boardwalk.

If you sit on one of its waterfront benches you can enjoy unobstructed views of New York Harbor and "Lady Liberty," as well as other sites of interest such as Ellis Island, the Verrazano Bridge, Governor's Island and the New Jersey shore, Brooklyn, among others.

You will be left with some magnificent photos and as in the case of the Brooklyn Bridge, I also recommend you to contemplate it at sunset while the sun sets, a very special moment.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the best viewpoints to the Statue of Liberty that New York has. And if you are not satisfied with seeing it from afar, you can always take one of the ferries that sail from Battery Park to Liberty Island to see it up close, inside and in detail. It is an experience you will not forget!

  • Address: Lower Manhattan
  • How To Get There: By subway, Bowling Green Station (4.5)

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3. Take the free ferry to Staten Island, passing close by!

View of the Ferry passing near the Statue of Liberty.| ©Jeffrey Zeldman
View of the Ferry passing near the Statue of Liberty.| ©Jeffrey Zeldman

In case you want to see the Statue of Liberty up close but without disembarking at Liberty Island, another interesting option is to take the Staten Island Ferry, which is free and connects this borough with Manhattan.

On its route, the Staten Island Ferry sails very close to the Statue of Liberty so you will have great views of the monument and the Manhattan skyline.

The trip between the two shores takes about half an hour, so you'll have plenty of time to zoom your camera and take lots of pictures of "Lady Liberty" from the deck of the boat.

Remember that the Staten Island Ferry runs every day, 24 hours a day. The frequency is every 30 minutes but I advise you to check the schedule before boarding. Here is a guide to using the New York ferry.

But if you are a hopeless romantic, the view from the water that will make you fall in love with the Statue of Liberty.

  • Address: Lower Manhattan
  • How to get there: By subway, Bowling Green station (4.5)

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4. Get a bird's eye view from the One World Observatory or from a helicopter!

Flying over the Statue of Liberty| ©HelloTickets
Flying over the Statue of Liberty| ©HelloTickets

At 541 meters high, One World Trade Center has one of the most spectacular observation decks in New York today and is the closest to the Statue of Liberty as it is located in Lower Manhattan, giving you the most beautiful and intimate views of "Lady Liberty" from Manhattan.

As the tallest skyscraper in the Big Apple, you will be able to see the city expand for miles and miles in the distance. Get your camera ready because from the One World Observatory you will see some other popular tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hudson River, the Manhattan Bridge, the East River, Ground Zero or the Financial District.

In case you want to see New York from the One World Observatory, to know what budget you will need I advise you to take a look at the post Ticket prices and discounts for the One World Observatory.

If instead, you prefer (literally) to fly over the city and see the Crown of the Statue from the top, you can always join a helicopter ride over New York, I assure you it's an amazing experience!

  • Address: 117 West St, New York
  • Directions: By subway World Trade Center (1, E), Park Place (2, 3), Cortland Street (R, W) and Fulton Street Station (A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5).

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5. Take the time to see it from the windows of the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Statue of Liberty| ©Crystal Jo
Statue of Liberty| ©Crystal Jo

In addition to learning about the history of Jewish immigrants who came to New York in search of a better life and paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, a visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage will also give you a great view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the building's large windows.

You'll find this interesting museum just west of Battery Park as you stroll through the area. It is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located just 9 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry dock in case you would like to see "Lady Liberty" from another perspective on the water.

  • Address: 36 Battery Place, New York
  • How to get there: By subway Bowling Green (4 and 5), Rector Street (1)

6. Take it easy at Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery| ©David Berkowitz
Green-Wood Cemetery| ©David Berkowitz

Not many tourists who come to the Big Apple know this, but Green-Wood Cemetery (in Sunset Park, Brooklyn) is a great vantage point for viewing the Statue of Liberty and for enjoying clear views of New York Harbor due to its excellent high-altitude location.

During a tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery you will not only have the opportunity to see this monument and the island of Manhattan from a different perspective but you will walk among ancient trees, beautiful sculptures and the graves of famous people such as composer Leonard Bernstein, the mobster Joey Gallo, the founder of the toy store FAO Schwarz, Frederick August Otto Schwarz or the inventor of Morse code Samuel F. B. Morse, among others.

The Green-Wood Cemetery is not a place that is crowded so you can see the Statue of Liberty without overcrowding. In addition, this site is very close to other tourist attractions in Brooklyn that you can go after this visit as Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

  • Address: 500 25th Street, Brooklyn
  • Directions: 25th Street Subway Station (D, N and R).

7. Enjoy views of "Lady Liberty" from neighboring Ellis Island

View of Ellis Island| ©Andi M
View of Ellis Island| ©Andi M

In addition to Liberty Island itself, another place where you can get a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty is the neighboring island of Ellis Island, located just 10 minutes away by ferry.

It is a place that I recommend you to visit not only because you will have a beautiful view of "Lady Liberty" but because like her, Ellis Island is also a symbol of hope and freedom and represents an important chapter in the history of the United States as it was the gateway to the country that millions of immigrants crossed in search of their dreams in America. In fact, it was known as "the island of hope".

If you want to know more about this island next to Liberty Island and everything you can see there, I recommend you to read the post Visit Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum.

  • Address: New York Harbor
  • How to get there: By ferry from Battery Park (Manhattan) or Liberty State Park (New Jersey).

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8. Look for it on the skyline from The Hills at Governor's Island

Aerial view of Governor's Island| ©Mary and Andrew
Aerial view of Governor's Island| ©Mary and Andrew

In the past, you could only enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty from the overlooks of Governor's Island between the months of May and October, but as of 2021, this island located in New York Bay is open year-round.

Now any time of the year is a good time to board one of the ferries that depart from Manhattan or Brooklyn to Governor's Island and enjoy the scenery that surrounds it.

It is a fantastic place to see "Lady Liberty" up close and the Manhattan skyline (a must to go to The Hills) but also to disconnect a little from the hustle and bustle of travel and outdoor activities such as walking, biking, lying in the sun in the hammocks of Hammocks Grove or kayaking for free at Pier 101 with The Downtown Boathouse.

  • Address: New York Harbor
  • Directions: The ferry departs daily from the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan.

9. View it head-on from Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier

Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier overlook| ©Angela N
Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier overlook| ©Angela N

The Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier Overlook is another fantastic spot in Brooklyn to pencil into your schedule for unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River, Staten Island, Ellis Island and the Lower Manhattan skyline.

Once upon a time it was not a very convenient place to go but fortunately that changed and today it is one of the most frequented places for New Yorkers to unwind and most recommended to watch the sunset over the water with "Lady Liberty" in the background while having a delicious picnic.

At Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier there are many green spaces in which to lie down to eat, sunbathe and relax after an intense day of sightseeing in New York.

  • Address: 104 Ferris St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Directions: By subway, Smith - 9th Street Station

10. At sunset, you have a date with her at Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Brooklyn Heights Promenade| ©Daniel
Brooklyn Heights Promenade| ©Daniel

Another enclave located in Brooklyn from which to observe the Statue of Liberty is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, an elegant residential neighborhood with wonderful views of "Lady Liberty", Ellis Island, Governor's Island or Lower Manhattan.

Since Brooklyn Heights is very close to DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge, I recommend you to take a route through the area to get to know it better and wait for sunset to go see the views of the Statue of Liberty, when the New York landscape becomes more beautiful as the sun goes down and the city lights come on.

  • Address: Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201,
  • Directions: By subway, Clark Street Station (2 & 3)