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Peter Neely is a Brooklyn-based writer and poet who's been bounding between cities for a decade, with stops in San Francisco, Budapest, Montreal, and Lyon. Changing NYC apartments like socks, Peter has lived in Harlem, Greenpoint, Sunnyside, and Crown Heights, though Coney Island is his spiritual homeland. Spot him reading on the subway, or complaining about the slice at your favorite pizzeria.

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While a visit to the Statue of Liberty itself requires some advance planning, New York City is full of easy-to-access viewpoints that allow you to see Lady Liberty in all her glory. From free ferry rides and public parks to a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, here’s where you can find the best vistas—no reservations required.


Battery Park & the Staten Island Ferry

Waterfront views with free ferry rides next door

The starting point for most Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island boat tours, Battery Park is a default destination for visitors looking to cruise out to the statue. Even if you don't splurge on one of these tours, you can still enjoy fantastic views of Lady Liberty from the park's waterfront—just head past the SeaGlass Carousel to find a walkway lined with public benches. You can also hop on the Staten Island Ferry, a no-cost cruise alternative that departs from Whitehall Terminal, just steps from Battery Park.

Governors Island

An outdoor escape for the warmer months

A former military base, this revamped island park is just a quick ferry ride from Booklyn's Pier 6 or Manhattan's Battery Maritime Building. With well-maintained walking paths, picnic areas, and on-site bike rentals, the park feels miles away from Manhattan's crowded avenues. Best of all, the southern side of the island offers unbeatable Statue of Liberty views—especially from Picnic Point and Outlook Hill. Visit this seasonal attraction from May 1 to October 31.

Liberty State Park

New Jersey vistas without NYC crowds

The only New Jersey destination on this list, Liberty State Park is here for a reason: its long waterfront promenade offers unobstructed views of both the New York skyline and America’s Great Lady. Roughly an hour from Manhattan, this off-the-beaten-path destination is free to visit, though the train will cost you a few bucks. To get there, take the PATH train to Exchange Place, and then hop on the 81 bus.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Come for the pier, stay for the trendy hangouts

This up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhood maintains its industrial roots, though the rapidly gentrifying area includes a few renovated waterfront spaces with views of New York’s iconic statue. Louis Valentino, Jr. Park is arguably the best viewpoint, with a public pier and kayak boat launch. Pair your visit with a stroll along the neighborhood's main drag—Van Brunt Street—to check out the bars, galleries, and diverse eateries.

Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Adirondack chairs and East River breezes

This park sits in a sheltered spot on the East River, so expect a calming breeze as you stroll across the lawns to the water's edge and look due west for some of the best Statue of Liberty views anywhere in Brooklyn. You can easily reach the park after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, or stop by en route to the historic brownstones and row houses in Brooklyn Heights.

Smith-9th Street Subway Station

Views across NYC for the cost of a MetroCard swipe

The Smith-9th Street subway stop stands more than 85 feet (25 meters) over Brooklyn's busy streets, making it the tallest metro station in New York City. From the lofty platform, you can see from Lower Manhattan to Downtown Brooklyn, and across the East River to the Statue of Liberty. Just swipe your MetroCard to enter the station, and head to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue side of the platform for the best views.

The Brooklyn Bridge

A destination in its own right

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic piece of New York City's skyline, and worth a visit just for that reason. You can walk across from either Manhattan or Brooklyn, stroll the bridge safely in a pedestrian-only walking lane, and stop in the middle for views of—you guessed it—Lady Liberty. The Brooklyn side entrance is a quick walk from either the High Street or York Street subway stops, while the Manhattan side is accessible via the Chambers Street and City Hall stops.

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Hi, I'm Peter!

Peter Neely is a Brooklyn-based writer and poet who's been bounding between cities for a decade, with stops in San Francisco, Budapest, Montreal, and Lyon. Changing NYC apartments like socks, Peter has lived in Harlem, Greenpoint, Sunnyside, and Crown Heights, though Coney Island is his spiritual homeland. Spot him reading on the subway, or complaining about the slice at your favorite pizzeria.

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