Tips for Taking a Group on a Statue of Liberty Cruise

Most people don’t visit New York City alone, which means you probably don’t want to have your Statue of Liberty experience by yourself either. With a liberty cruise, you can easily all go see the statue together, enjoying the same amazing views from the water. To ensure your experience goes as smoothly as possible, keep the following tips in mind when taking the statue ferry as a group.

Get There Early

The statue ferry is a very popular attraction in New York City, as every visitor wants to get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and the best views are from the water on a boat. Because of its popularity, it is important to arrive early, especially if you are in a group. Of course, if you all just want to get on the same boat and don’t mind if you end up standing together, this tip is not important. Assuming, however, that your group wants to stick together during the Statue of Liberty ferry, do your best to get there early so you can be one of the first to board and choose your spots.

Buy Tickets in Advance

The best cruises will let you buy your Statue of Liberty ferry tickets either ahead of time or the day of. Buying in advance is always smart, especially when in a group. After all, you can waste a good ten or fifteen minutes buying enough tickets for a larger group and then distributing them. Instead, purchase the tickets ahead of time, and spend the time you save viewing other attractions or just admiring the water.

Plan Group Photos in Advance

If you know you want to get a group photo in front of the Statue of Liberty, make sure you plan ahead of time. Coordinating the entire group can be complicated, and although the liberty ferry will pass by the statue twice, you don’t want to miss your chance. Choose when you will all get in position and designate who will take the photo ahead of time.

Be on the Same Page

Of course, anytime you do an activity as a group, you should ensure that everyone is on the same page. Make sure that your whole group agrees that you can get the full Statue of Liberty experience from the water on a boat tour and don’t need to actually climb up it. You should also agree on the departure time you prefer to take the ferry.


Don’t forget to follow other general advice for liberty cruises as well, such as bringing along water and a light coat depending on the weather. For group tickets, contact us.