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The best Statue of Liberty tours

Sure, you can see Lady Liberty just fine from Manhattan, but you’ll get unparalleled access on Statue of Liberty tours

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz
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Get up close and personal to Lady Liberty herself on one of these Statue of Liberty tours. Both an iconic New York attraction and one of the best views in NYC, going to the Statue of Liberty is a must for any first-time visitor. Whether you want to go all the way up to the crown or you’re content to admire the majestic statue from a boat tour in NYC, you’ll certainly get that perfect photo opp. And since many of these tours also include access to Ellis Island, you can easily make a day of it.

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Statue of Liberty tours

Most sightseers will choose this combination tour of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Line up at Battery Park to board one of the boats: They run from 9am to 3:30pm, but it’s best to opt for one of the earlier departures to avoid a line. Once you arrive at Lady Liberty, you’ll receive an audio headset that you can use as a self-guided tour. Then, climb back on the ferry to head to Ellis Island, where you can explore the Immigration Museum. $18.50

If you’d like more in-depth information about the most famous woman in NYC, opt for a guided tour. This tour begins with a walk through Battery Park, where you'll visit the American Merchant Mariners' Memorial and the underrated Castle Clinton National Monument. Next, you’ll board the ferry to go visit Lady Liberty herself—you’ll even climb up to the pedestal. The day ends with a guided tour of Ellis Island, where your guide will provide insight into the immigration process that goes way beyond the museum exhibits. $57

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To see New York City through Lady Liberty’s eyes, you better reserve your Crown Reserve tickets early. And we mean early: These tickets sell out so quickly, you often have to book them three to four months in advance. It’s worth it for the opportunity to climb 377 steps up to the very top of the statue, though. After you snap the obligatory photos, make time to talk to one of the Statue of Liberty experts on hand—they know some incredible facts about her history and construction. $21.50

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If you only really care about capturing an Instagram-worthy photo of Lady Liberty, you might want to forget visiting Liberty Island altogether and instead book a boat cruise that takes you within 100 feet of the statue. You’ll also take in stunning views of Ellis Island, One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge during the hourlong ride. $17.50

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