10 options for seeing the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed to visitors since Superstorm Sandy, is scheduled to reopen for tours on July Fourth, when Statue Cruises resumes departures for Liberty Island from Lower Manhattan.

Mary Altaffer

NEW YORK — The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen to visitors on July Fourth for the first time since Superstorm Sandy last October.

But for those who just want a photo op with the statue, there are many other vantage points.

Here are 10 ways to get a great look at the Statue of Liberty, starting with the cruises that resume service to Liberty Island on July Fourth.

Statue Cruises, www.statuecruises.com, is the sole operator for boats that take visitors to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

Boats are set to resume departing from the Battery in Lower Manhattan on July 4.

The statue itself was not damaged by the storm, but landing docks and infrastructure, including electrical, phone and sewage systems, required months of repair work by the National Park Service, which operates the statue.

Ellis Island was also damaged by the storm and no reopening date has been set, so cruises to the Statue of Liberty will not be stopping there yet, NPS spokesman John Warren said.

You can buy Statue Cruises tickets in person at the Battery, but the cruises do sell out, so advance online purchase is strongly recommended.

There are three types of tickets: Access to the statue’s crown, $20 ($17 for seniors, $12 for ages 4-12); or access to the pedestal of the monument or the grounds of Liberty Island, $17 ($14 for seniors, $9 ages 4-12).

Visit www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/statue2012reopening.htm.

Take the subway to Bowling Green or South Ferry and hop on a Staten Island ferry for a free ride across New York Harbor. The boats run 24 hours a day. There’s always a crowd of tourists on deck taking photos as the boat passes the Statue of Liberty.

Many vessels offer sightseeing cruises of New York Harbor and Manhattan that sail right past the Statue of Liberty. They include the Circle Line, Manhattan by Sail’s schooners, Hornblower Cruises, Spirit Cruises, New York Water Taxi and Bateaux New York. Some offer live music or fancy lunch or dinner cruises that can top $100.

To see the Statue of Liberty without getting on a boat, just head to the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, an area known as the Battery (subway to South Ferry or Bowling Green). Consider exploring other parts of Lower Manhattan, which includes the financial district and the 9/11 Memorial. NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism agency, offers a guide at www.nycgo.com/lower-manhattan.

A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the classic New York experiences. In addition to giving you a close look at the bridge’s Gothic arches and delicate filigree of cables, it offers a magical view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

To get the full impact of the skyscraper canyon coming into view, take the subway to the Brooklyn side (A or C to High Street) and walk back across the bridge.

Governors Island, a former Coast Guard facility now used for public recreation, offers inviting lawns, old forts, concerts, art exhibits and food vendors, along with great views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

Get there by ferry, weekends through Sept. 29 from Manhattan or Brooklyn, then walk or bike around the island, www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml.

One of the best views of the Statue of Liberty is from Red Hook, an up-and-coming waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn. A cruise terminal where the Queen Mary 2 homeports is in one corner of the neighborhood, and lots of popular eateries.

One of the best spots for viewing the Statue of Liberty is from the parking lot of the local Fairway supermarket, 480-500 Van Brunt.

Another great vantage point is from Red Hook’s Louis Valentino Jr. Pier and Park, on Ferris Street between Coffey and Van Dyke.

A free ferry runs weekends this summer to Red Hook from Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/redhook.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at 36 Battery Place has windows that look directly onto the Statue of Liberty. You can listen to the museum’s “Voices of Liberty” installation, in which Holocaust survivors, refugees and others discuss why they chose to make the U.S. their home, www.mjhnyc.org/.

The majority of guest rooms at the Ritz-Carlton’s Battery Park hotel offer views of the Statue of Liberty, and they even come equipped with telescopes for an up-close look.

For July Fourth weekend, prices for a room with a king or two double beds start at $420, going up to $7,500 for a 2,100-square-foot suite; http://bit.ly/gqdUjv.

This waterfront park on the New Jersey side of the harbor offers the closest view you can get of the statue without sailing past on a boat or stepping onto Liberty Island.

There are three ways to get there: drive; take the PATH train from Manhattan, followed by a light rail and a half-mile walk into the park; or take a ferry from the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, www.libertylandingferry.com.

Also, check out the Liberty Science Center, a great museum for kids, www.lsc.org.