One national park, two islands in New York Harbor
Visitors arrive and depart Liberty Island and Ellis Island via ferries operated by Statue Cruises. These ferries leave from two locations: Battery Park, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Private vessels may not dock at either Ellis or Liberty Islands.
FERRY DEPARTURE OPTIONS
Battery Park, Manhattan: Visitors boarding ferries in lower Manhattan should use public transportation whenever possible. For those who are driving or carpooling, parking can be both expensive and difficult for those who are not familiar with traffic in New York City.
Liberty State Park, Jersey City: Driving and parking at Liberty State Park is easier than in Manhattan but, here too, visitors have options for public transportation.
Want to drive? Here are the GPS addresses for ferry departure points.
Did You Know?
The French ship "Isere" transported the Statue of Liberty's 300 copper pieces packed in 214 crates to America. Although the ship nearly sank in rough seas, it arrived in New York on June 17, 1885. The Statue's parts remained unassembled for nearly a year until the pedestal was completed in 1886.