December may bring chilly weather and snowfall, but the Big Apple truly comes to life over the holiday season. From pop-up markets to arthouse films and ballet, here are the December events you won’t want to miss.
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.
Jim took good care of us...
Jim took good care of us and his depth of knowledge made the tour special. We highly recommend this tour.
Curt_W, Oct 2021
Recent reviews from experiences in New York City
We thoroughly enjoyed our...
Michaela_C, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty 60-Minute Sightseeing Cruise
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip out to see the Statue of Liberty. The boat was clean and there was plenty of space to enjoy the views. Bonus that it had a bar…nothing better than a glass of wine and the wonderful sites of NYC.
Elivaldo_C, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
Statue of Liberty and NYC views, the crew was super polite and gave us nice attention. Clean bathroom and boat.
Highlight of my trip!
Sarah_A, Aug 2021
New York City Sailboat Day Cruise to the Statue of Liberty
Such an amazing way to see the Statue of Liberty! The staff was incredible and the boat was beautiful and clean. One of the highlights of my trip!
We were very surprised...
David_D, Oct 2021
Early-Access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
We were very surprised how much we didn't know about the Statue of Liberty. Only issue was "early access" does not exist. We stood in line a long time. But the tour was worth it and fun. Great job!
Fun ride with Captain Joe...
Aisling_C, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge Boat Tour
Fun ride with Captain Joe - not too long 30mins) which was good for teenagers. but got up close to Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and great sunset - fun area too with lovely restaurants etc -
Arlene_D, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Although I have visited the Statue of Liberty as a young child visiting again with a tour guide as an adult was able to get more history and knowledge. The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny which made the experience great. He even asked the group if he wanted our picture taken at the best view of the statue.
Interesting and informative
MARLENE_A, Oct 2021
Early-Access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Ellis island museum was very informative. It was very well done and believable. We enjoyed th Statue of Liberty, taking pictures and visiting the gift shop.
Statue of Liberty tour
Karen_B, Sep 2021
Statue of Liberty Tour and 9/11 Museum Entry
Cherie was a outstanding guide. She was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed hearing the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island
Sailing the Statue of Liberty - 5 Stars
Sherry_M, Sep 2021
Private Statue of Liberty Sailing Tour
The Manhattan skyline is breathtaking and can only be truly appreciated while sailing along the shore! What a great, easy way to see the Statue of Liberty up close. And No crowds! Captain Martin was a gracious host and loves storytelling NY’s history. I highly recommend this excursion for locals and out of town guests.
Nice boat ride
Laurag, Aug 2021
OPENED: New York City Sky Line & Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise Pier 36
We enjoyed the boat ride and the sights. This boat ride takes you very close to the Statue of Liberty and we took great photos. The only thing was we were booked for 1:45pm and got there at 1:30 line requested and the 1:45 boat was cancelled, no one told us.
This tour to the Statue...
Carla_T, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
This tour to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was fantastic. Our tour guide (Chris T) was so engaging and full of information.
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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