The body of water that surrounds both Liberty Island (home to the Statue of Liberty), as well as Ellis Island, is New York Harbor; it's the body of water where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
There are two ways to reach Liberty Island, a ferry ride from Battery Park in Manhattan, NY, or a ferry ride from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ; no private boats are allowed to dock at either island.
The ferry ride, which includes access to the pedestal of the statue, is:
• Children 4 to 12 - $9
• Adults 13 and older - $18
• Senior - $14
Park Rangers or volunteers can provide answers to questions and information about the Statue of Liberty's history, and make recommendations for your visit. Several historic images of the Statue are on display, and park brochures are available.
Check out these tips for making the most of your visit shared by About.com.