Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
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  • Maureen H
    Jay, New York36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit to the island
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Liberty Island. The ferry was easy to navigate and we loved getting to see the statue from close up, even as it was raining when we arrived. We ate lunch outside at a table with an umbrella. We did not go up to the pedestal or crown as tickets were sold out, but we did enjoy the well-done museum. The video exhibit of visitor pictures was particularly entrancing as we saw all the countries people were from. The museum was a wonderful addition since I last visited in 1998.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ccari01
    New Jersey2,247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for New York City
    You need a pre-booked ticket in planning for a visit to the Statue of Liberty.There were multiple websites with different options and varying prices.I went through the Statue of Liberty National Parks Service site and was forwarded to Statue City Cruises .There were 3 options-general admission, pedestal or crown access.General admission included a ferry ride, access to explore Ellis Island and Liberty Island.You can stay as long as you want until the last ferry .There was tight security for entering the statue for the pedestal or crown access.There were lockers to store all your belongings prior to entrance.No bags,food nor drinks.Rental was 25 cents per locker.There was a coin changer on site.Just bring quarters if you can. There were 196 steps to the top of the pedestal.Our small children did the steps with success! There was an elevator as an option which we used in going down.The pedestal was a little disappointing.It was a tight space .The best views and pictures were from the second level -the star level.We didn’t attempt the additional 162 steps to the crown with the young ones in tow.There was no back up elevator for the crown. It
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Katy
    Moray, United Kingdom861 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had been looking forward to this since booking my holiday, it was a short ferry ride to Ellis island well worth the visit . Staff on the ferry very good with wheelchair users and disabled couldn’t fault them in any way . The Statue of Liberty is lovely. A must if your visiting. It’s all wheelchair accessible.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
  • 123M
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view is on the ferry
    Caught the ferry on the Jersey side. Recommend leaving early like as soon as they start shuttling which is at 9. You are able to bring your own water and lunch which I suggest or spend money on over priced items. It does get hot so dress and pack accordingly. Gets really crowded around noon so expect a lot of foot traffic. If you’re taking toddlers keep them close because kids do get separated from the family because it’s so busy. The best view is from the ferry. Ellis Island is neat to see iconic because of its history but not too much to see, unless you buy into the tours.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Kay S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful visit
    This part of the cruise is awesome. There wasn't to much wait time even if the line was long. It was a nice cruise. The statue is as awesome as I always imagined it would be. I wouldn't recommend visiting Ellis Island though. Especially if it's hot. It takes forever for them to get you off the island.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,461 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Greeting in the Harbor
    We could see it clearly from our cruise ship in the harbor in Brooklyn. And during our visit we could see it from many other vantage points. I always love to gaze at the beauty of the sculpture and thank about its meaning.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Caoimhe
    Dublin, Ireland159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panoramic views
    We did a boat tour of statements island and Statue of Liberty. Beautiful views of New York on the boat. We were here in march so it was extremely cold on the outside deck, if you’re going this time of year I’d recommend you wrap up well! Highly recommend doing this on your visit to New York
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Neha B
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City cruises
    Plan ahead and book your trip. If you want to go to the crown, book it three months ahead. We went from the NJ side and had less crowds and lines. My only criticism is that they are not good signs to tell you where to go.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Muttaqi
    314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in New York
    Wonderful trip. Must see in New York. To avoid rush go from New Jersey side and save time. For inside top visit of monument take ticket well in advance online. 3 to 4 hours required if you see museums around.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Statue Of Liberty!
    Views from the top deck of the ferry approaching the Island were breathtaking. The morning queues weren't too bad going across to the Islands but there were huge queues trying to get back on the ferry in the extreme heat around midday. Lady Liberty is a truly stunning monument of sheer size and a must if visiting New York! We had tickets for the Pedestal Reserve and climbed the 200+ steps from the statue base to the top of pedestal (lifts available but horrendous queues!) Great views from the top overlooking the Island grounds and perfect photo opportunities. I tried to get tickets for Crown access but were fully booked months in advance so plan 6 months ahead if possible. There are gift shops and places to eat on the Island so you can spend hours admiring this amazing statue and exploring the beautiful clean and well maintained grounds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
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4.5 of 5 bubbles44,108 reviews
Very good

United Kingdom81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited on a sunny morning making it perfect for exploring with amazing photographs to remember the experience.

We had crown tickets which were booked in advance. I'm glad we had this opportunity but it was extremely small once up in the crown and the spiral stairway on the way up was even smaller. Anyone above average size in height or weight would struggle to fit up the staircase and it was very hot inside. All that aside it was pretty cool to see the view from the crown.

Only negative about this experience was the long waits in the cold. We had a 10am ticket for crown access, we were told the first boat left at 9:30, however after arriving around 08:30 people were already queuing in the cold for security before getting on the boat. The security didn't open until 9, and then another cold queue waiting for the boat, which didn't let anyone on until 9:30am.
Written February 11, 2020
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Wales, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Visited Statue of Liberty in December but we booked the tickets months in advance.
We managed to get Crown tickets which only cost a few extra dollars and were well worth it.
The ferry crossing was really good, managed to have really good views of lower Manhattan!
When we got there we were told we had to place all of our belongings in lockers as we were going to the crown we couldn’t even take bags in. Lockers cost a quarter (and we also got that back!). Security was very quick and got up to the pedestal in the lift- the man running the lift was very funny and friendly. Good time at the pedestal with great views. Then we started the walk up the Crown. We were a bit worried about the walk up as it said about how fit you had to be and the resting points etc. Anyway, was completely fine. The steps are steep and spiral but there were a few rest points if needed. We saw no one else on the stair case so could take it our own pace but it didn’t even seem that far to climb to the Crown. When we got there, there were two members of staff and that was it. Felt like VIPs!! Stayed up for about 5 minutes as not much room up there but the staff were very friendly. Walk down was fine and only then did we hear any other people coming up to the crown. I would highly recommend visiting the crown if you can. There are only limited tickets available and I believe you can only do it once in 6 months so book in advance if you can.
Written January 25, 2020
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Swindon, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On my previous trip to NYC I did this the cheap way (Staten Island Ferry), so on this trip I was determined to do it right, and scheduled a full day for it (including Ellis Island) and booking Crown tickets well in advance.

I'd agree with some of the comments made about the ferries being busy and a bit of a free-for-all, and the island getting busy later in the day. I went fairly early, catching a 10am ferry, and the queues weren't too bad. No queue at the booth to collect my ticket, and maybe 5 mins at security. I stayed downstairs on the ferry to be near the exit so I was one of the first off in order to collect my audio guide (included, and well worth it) and was first to Liberty to make my ascent to the Crown. I had the staircase to myself so could take an unhurried climb (it isn't hard if you're fit) and there were only four other people up there. There were definitely more ascending as I descended though (doub;e helix staircase so you don't clash on the stairs!).

The new museum is excellent - you can skip the old one (in the pedestal) as they have removed many of the artefacts to take them across to the new one and there's no need to do both.

I would say that this is one of the best value trips you can make in NYC, but you do need to have the time to do it properly, with Ellis Island included: it was a six hour round trip to do both fully.
Written January 13, 2020
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Bangkok, Thailand14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I have two stars because there was a 5 hour wait in line to get on the boat. I knew it would be long, the kiosk said 1h30 but I knew this was not true, perhaps 3h30, but waiting this long can never be a 5star experience. Plus, a visit to Liberty AND Ellis on a Flexi ticket is just not possible. See below.

First you must go to the Castle Clinton Kiosk. This was a queue of 30mins. If you have prebooked you will need to go past the queue and security will send you to a shorter queue at window 6. Others must wait in the queue that curls around Castle Clinton.

Once you get your tickets, if you have 'flexi' you can join the monster queue. Best leaving the rest of your party in that queue whilst one buys tickets.

Once past the 'flexi' flag marker the line became a crowd and others from behind were told to move up to fill the gaps at the side and in front of you. After moving an inch every 5 minutes it was painful to lose do much ground through disorganisation near the finish line.

Nonetheless, we were all on 45 minutes after that.

We went at 10am and were on the boat and moving at 3pm. Start to go downstairs before the boat docks at Liberty to maximize your time. The museum st Liberty was worth a visit. Avoid the cafe on this island as the queue for hot food is massive - unless you want something else, then you can past the cashier, grab your item, then go straight to the cashier. I had a feeling many in the queue didnt know that and thought it was all leading to the food and cashier.

The last boat to Ellis from Liberty was at 3 30pm so unless you prebook a 9am slot and get in queue for 8.30am you are unlikely to get to see it. You may need to reserve days in advance online but it's the only decent option if you have the time. We didnt.

Consider going via New Jersey if you cant reserve as the flexi queues are much shorter.

Take some coffees nd food for the queue. There is a Starbucks nearby Battery but the queues are around 30mins. Toilets available at Bowling Green Metro (no queue) or an outdoor concrete building near the blue and red queuing flags (no queue for men).

Hotdogs, crepes($5-7) and small hot drinks ($2-3) sold around this part.
Written January 5, 2020
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Saint Paul, MN5,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Last time we visited, we rode the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty but didn't get off and rode on to Ellis Island. That gave us plenty of great views and were quite satisfied with the experience. This visit, we were fortunate to obtain Crown tickets. This added a whole dimension to the experience and it was well worth it. The views of the Manhattan Skyline from the pedestel were spectacular. Going to the crown was pretty cool. It's quite a claustrophobic space with room for only 5-6 people and the views aren't really that great as you're looking through a small window but worth doing for the experience of going to the very top of the monument seen by only a small fraction of visitors to the Statue. If you want tickets for the Crown , you must buy tickets 5-6 months in advance. Also, we learned the hard way that it is not worth waiting for the elevator to take you to the Pedestel Level unless you are truly handicapped. Even if the line doesn't look too long, the elevator is really small and only holds 7-8 people and frustratingly the staff only makes an elevator run every 5 minutes. We were next in line but couldn't get on as anyone in a wheelchair goes straight to the front of the line(appropriately). We wasted 25 min waiting to get on with only 30 or so people originally in front of us and finally just gave up and headed up the stairs. Not a fun 200 step climb but manageable.
Written February 26, 2020
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Clare S
Hatfield, United Kingdom35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We arrived at Castle Clinton in Battery Park to collect our Crown Tickets which we reserved in August 2019 due to the fact they sell out quickly. We were impressed with how quickly we progressed through the necessary security and waited a short time to board the ferry. They run every half an hour at this time of year and we quickly arrived at Liberty Island. An audio tour is included in the price and the Museum is also well worth a visit. However, the undeniable highlight is of course Liberty herself. We took the elevator up to the top of the pedestal and from there climbed the very narrow, very steep spiral staircase (184 steps i believe). It is worth it though, the view is so rewarding looking out over the bay and the suspension bridge, just take your time especially if you are asthmatic like myself! Just beware, if it is a windy day she sways, i hadn't prepared myself for that!!
Written January 27, 2020
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Lester Ojeda
San Juan, Puerto Rico481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
For anyone traveling to New York City, the Statue of Liberty is a must-see. A CityPass will only get you a ticket to the Liberty Island Ferry (and a self-guided audio tour), if you actually want to make it to the pedestal or the crown you’ll need to make reservations directly (Crown access is notoriously hard to get, even with a month in advance).
The museum in Liberty Island is great, and highly recommended for all ages. The interactive exhibits, museum pieces, and films depicting how the Statue was built are a wonderful addition to just the sightseeing. A special exhibit, which I particularly loved, leaves you with a great question to reflect upon as you walk the grounds: what does Liberty mean to you?
Written February 15, 2020
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Paul S
Marion1,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am seldom at a loss for words- ask my wife. However, I was rendered speechless to finally see the Statue of Liberty for myself. Lady Liberty has been standing sentinel in New York harbor for more than 125 years and is still the tallest statue in North America. It has survived through two world wars, including a German attack in WWII (look it up) and the events of 9/11. Tight security is in place to protect this American symbol for years to come. Visitors to the island must pass through a TSA type screening and a second inspection before entering the pedestal. The pedestal museum has a detailed history of the staute's construction, and the original torch is on display at a second museum near the ferry dock. The park service also has a visitor center and gift shop on the island. Tickets to the crown are a few dollars more than the basic island access and sell out months in advance but it is worth the price if you can get them to actually gaze out from high atop the statue. The pedestal is a marvel of architecture and engineering in its own right.
Written February 17, 2020
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New York16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
From the time we got there at 10:30am we were finish at 3pm.
Line for tickets took about 20 mins. Line to get through (TSA) secutiry check 45-60Mins. Remove jacket, belt, phone, etc.. except shoes, place in bin and walk through metal detector. Which I appreciated this extra security check for our safety. After we walked out to dock and waited for about 20 mins for the ferry. Loading us onto the ferry felt like cattles,,,LOL. On the ferry you can sit below deck or go above for the better view outside. On the ferry there is a small snack bar with pretzels, coffee, hotdogs... the ride is about 15mins if you're going straight from Battery park to Statue of liberty. If there is a stop to Ellis landmark for the museums, add on another 10mins or so while they drop passengers off and load more on. FYI make sure you board the correct ferry when going back! There's one going to New jeresy and one going back to battery park NYC. Once on the landmark of statue of Liberty, it was spacious and clean. It has a cafe area to buy lunch. The view of the city & river was beautiful! Statue of liberty was awesome, you're able to take great photos. You can pay Extra to be able to hike up to the top, however you have to leave all your carry ons in a locker. You are not allowed to bring it up.
Down below they have a small gadget you can carry with you to listen to a tour guide in your language. At the end you can drop it off in the bin near the front entrance. after outside you can go inside to the museum. There was 3 large theater screen with educational stories about our Statue Of Liberty, which was VERY touching to watch. after the 3 short story you can walk around and read and view items around the museum. They also had this fun touch where you can take a selfie select your country and send it to the large screen where everyone can see your photo, THe photo gets transferred to build the computerized Statue of Liberty. It was fun to experience. There are also a gift store there located across from the museum. We stayed on the island for about 60mins.
Then we waited for the next ferry for 30mins to go back to battery park.
So from start to finish, for our family's entire experience was about 3.5 - 4 hours. If you spend longer taking photos, paid extra to go up on the Statue of liberty, looking at all the monumental items in the museum and eating lunch there then you will definitely plan to put aside about at least 4hours for the visit.
All in All great experience.
Written February 25, 2020
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Rita S
Kingscliff, Australia23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We caught the red line train down to South Ferry at Battery Park and as soon as we exited the underground station we were besieged by touts from various companies.
I had done a little research and it seemed simple to buy tickets on the day so we did not preorder. What an expensive and time consuming mistake!
We ended up walking about a kilometer to a bus where we waited approximately 30 minutes for it to leave to drive to the jetty where the boat was moored.
What they didn’t tell us was that the jetty was in New Jersey which took 25 minutes to get to and the boat was an old fishing tub. Literally, fishing is their main occupation and they do this tourist thing around Lady Liberty in the off season.
We were promised an hour tour but it was only 45 minutes max.
Don’t get me wrong, the staff on the boat were lovely and helpful but pretty much everyone onboard knew we had all been scammed.
Then to add insult to injury the bus to take us on the 25 minute drive back to South Ferry wasn’t there to meet us and a local gentleman told us a bus had just left and wouldn’t be back for another hour.
We ended up catching a taxi back to midtown which cost us another $40.
So my warning is be very aware even if the guys seem official, with badges and blue jacket uniforms etc it’s all a giant con.
Written March 10, 2020
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