The Statue of Liberty is located on a small island in the Upper New York Bay. Although the island has been called Liberty Island since the early 20th century, its previous official name, Bedloe’s Island, was not changed by an act of Congress until 1956. At only 14 acres, the island was never inhabited, but turned out to be an ideal location for the Statue of Liberty.
Because Lady Liberty stands on an island, the only way to get there is by ferry. The company that runs the ferries to Liberty Island as well as Ellis Island is Statue Cruises, and their website has the final word on all things related to the ferries, so be sure to bookmark their site
The ferries can be accessed from two different locations – Battery Park, which is at the very bottom of Manhattan, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. Now, you’ve heard about how difficult parking and traffic can be in New York City, right? Do yourself a favor and use public transportation to get to the ferry departure points.