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 Statue's original torch was the first part constructed in 1876. In 1984 it was replaced by a new copper torch covered in 24K gold leaf which is lighted by floodlight at night. The original torch is currently located in the lobby of the monument. Access to the torch has been closed since 1916.