Operating Hours & Seasons


Liberty Island is open every day except December 25. There are times when severe weather or its damaging effects forces the closure of the island, but that is a relatively rare occurrence.

Hours differ between regular season and off-season (winter) as follows:

SEASON First Ferry TO Liberty Island Last Ferry TO Liberty Island Closing Ferry FROM Liberty Island
SUMMER 8:30 AM 4:30 PM 15 minutes after island closes, usually 6:15, 6:30 or 6:45 PM
WINTER 9:30 AM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Everyone who wishes to board a ferry must wait in the security line, no exceptions. And that line can mean a wait of 1-2 hours in peak season (April through September), so be mentally and physically prepared for that!


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