Step 1: Arrive at your point of departure, Battery Park NY or Liberty State Park NJ.
Step 2: If you printed your e-tickets you can go straight to the security check in line. If you need to go to will-call, follow signs to the pre-paid (will-call) window and pick up your tickets.
Step 3: The line to the ferry goes through a security check point.
Step 4: After going through the security check point, proceed to board the ferry. (There are three levels on the ferry). All ferry levels have sitting and standing room, but the best views are from the open third level, which can get extremely crowded (arrive early and stay in line). The first level is where you board and depart from the ferry. The first and second levels have concession stands where you can purchase food/drinks. The first level also has restrooms for both ladies and men.
Step 5: Arrive at the Statue of Liberty. If you are not going to the Statue of Liberty and are going to Ellis Island, then do not exit the Ferry at this point as the next stop is Ellis Island (see Ellis Island Tour).
Step 6: Exit ferry and proceed across the wooden pier.
Step 7: After crossing the pier, to the left is a visitors information building and to the right is a refreshments building with seating.
Step 8: At the Visitors Information Building, you may sign up for one of the Ranger Guided Tours of the park. This is a very informative tour, where the guide goes in depth on the history of the island and the individuals responsible of bringing it to life. There are numerous small statues/plaques in which to familiarize yourself with the history behind the Statue of Liberty. It is also a wonderful opportunity to take photographs. Please note that this tour is for areas outside of the Statue and is FREE and is optional. At the Visitors Information Building, you may also pick up your audio phones for the Audio Tour. You may also pick up the headphones at Castle Clinton.
Step 9: At the Refreshments/Gift Shop Building, you have another opportunity to use the restroom.
Step 10: You may bypass the Ranger Guided Tour of the Statue of Liberty if you choose and be your own guide. Everything you can do with a guide you can do on your own. Walk the grounds of the Statue of Liberty, read all of the plaques, take pictures, and enjoy the incredible view of Manhattan.