New York has something to offer every traveler, from world-class theater and art to one-of-a-kind attractions and a whole host of architectural wonders. To shape your schedule and best experience the city in three days, check out our recommendations below.
Statue of Liberty
Daily 8:30am - 6pm
Liberty Island, New York City, New York, 10004
Statue of Liberty tours start with a scenic ferry ride to the island, where you can explore the grounds or head to the famed 10-story-high observation pedestal to see the original torch. From there, enjoy great views and photo ops of the New York City skyline and neighboring New Jersey. You can also secure tickets to the crown but be prepared to climb 354 steeply winding steps to the top.
Guided tours feature live narration and historical insight, while informative audio tours explore the construction and restoration of the monument. The monument is also a highlight on New York Harbor cruises, city helicopter tours, and waterfront walking tours.
Statue of Liberty Ticket, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour
$59.00 per adult
We were impressed with Paul, our tour guides knowledge which made the tour interesting. I highly recommend this tour and trying out some delicious Italian food.
Roberto_W, Aug 2022
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John F was an excellent tour guide. Made everyone so welcome & chatted with all the group. He has a brilliant knowledge of Statue of Liberty/Ellis island. Anyone lucky enough to have John F as their tour guide are in for a real treat. Highly recommend him
Dr_D, Jul 2022
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Our tour guide, Loretta (I hope I spelled and have her name correct), was awesome. She was knowledgeable and very friendly. When I needed to sit down, she found me and my friend a seat on the ferry back to battery park. She also helped us get on the subway and showed us around WTC One before taking us to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Also, I loved that she shared some personal stories with us about the Statue of Liberty.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Choose between three levels of access: grounds only, pedestal access, or crown access. Pedestal and crown tickets should be booked well in advance.
Opt for an exclusive early-access tour to beat the crowds.
Access to the Statue of Liberty museum is included with pedestal tickets.
While the observation deck is not wheelchair accessible, the information center, gift pavilion, bookstore, and exterior grounds are.
All visitors to the monument are subject to security screening.
How to Get There
Liberty Island is southwest of the tip of Manhattan in Upper New York Bay. To visit, catch a Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan; the ferry continues to Ellis Island. The closest subway stations for Battery Park are South Ferry and Bowling Green. Plenty of tours also include round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
Summertime crowds can be intense, so the earlier you arrive at Battery Park for the first few departing ferries, the better. Booking priority-access tickets in advance is a helpful way to maximize your time. The first ferry to Liberty Island typically departs at 9:30am and the last departs at 3:30pm, with extended hours in summer and around the holidays.
Visiting Nearby Ellis Island
Many visitors choose to combine a Statue of Liberty tour with a visit to nearby Ellis Island; your ferry ticket includes access to both stops, and many guided tours offer a combination experience. Once there, visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to learn about the history of immigration in the United States.
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- Things to do in Long Island
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- Things to do in Salem
- Things to do in Washington DC
- Things to do in Williamsburg
- Things to do in Buffalo
- Things to do in Niagara Falls
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- Things to do in Montreal
- Things to do in Toronto
- Things to do in Pennsylvania
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- Governors Island
- Manhattan Cruise Terminal
- Ellis Island
- Battery Park
- Museum of Jewish Heritage
- Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
- Staten Island Ferry
- Bowling Green
- National Museum of the American Indian–New York
- Fraunces Tavern Museum
- 9/11 Tribute Museum
- Stone Street Historic District
- New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- Trinity Church Wall Street