Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey is a great place to view the Statue of Liberty from shore. There are miles of walkways and paths suitable for rollerblades, bicycles or jogging. On one end of the park is the ferry terminal and the 9/11 Empty Sky Memorial
while on the other is the best view of the Statue.
If you are at all afraid of the traffic, parking or accessibility of getting to lower Manhattan Jersey City is a great way around the inner city congestion. Stay in Jersey City and take the ferry over to Manhattan for the day, from there public transportation is a great way to get around town.