Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Liberty Island
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Emily M
Whitmore Lake, MI9 contributions
Aug 2021
Can not miss seeing Lady Liberty up close! We booked our tickets over a month in advance, and while there were tons of times available at that time, they did end up selling out so I am glad I did. We got the earliest time possible, and I was very stressed out about making it on time, but I don't think the time on our tickets was ever acknowledged. I had left an extra 20 minutes to get through the lines but I wish I had arrived even earlier. We took the subway to South Ferry, and from there is a quite a long walk to get to the beginning of the security line before getting on the ferry. Despite the long and stressful check in, we are very glad to went over to see the Statue up close. Reserve Pedestal tickets which allow you to go up to the base of her feet. It is very neat to see inside.
Written September 6, 2021
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Jeffrey Koslowski
Canton, MI598 contributions
May 2021
A powerful must-do for any first time New York visitor with a few hours to spare. In order to get access to the island, we bought our tickets through Statue Cruises which operates via the National Park Service. My wife and I bought our ticket with the companion Ellis Island ferry. The ship departed every 30 minutes or so with a bonus one leaving every so often to help keep the lines moving. If you sit toward the back of the ship, you'll get a nice view of lower Manhattan as you are pulling away. Sitting in the front will transport you (literally and figuratively) to what immigrants would have seen as they were pulling in. It is truly powerful. The ride itself is relatively quick and calm for those who struggle with sea sickness.
Once on Liberty Island, there is no admission fees. The ferry ride is all you are required to pay for. Due to Covid and I'm sure some construction, you couldn't go inside the statue itself but you could walk all the way around it. Do a lap for some great photo opportunities. There is a small Museum that includes a multi-room theater that tells stories of the conception, construction, and meaning of the statue. They also have objects dealing in the construction but also a few replicas which help, especially when thinking about the original color. There are multiple gift shops and a cafe as well. One gift shop is mostly Statue of Liberty-related objects while the other is the NPS site. If you see something at the NPS shop, get it because we had issues trying to find it at the one on Ellis Island.
Overall, if you read everything and take your time, you should be done in a maximum of two hours (not factoring in going inside the Statue). You don't have to be a big time history person to enjoy your time there. The meaning, magnitude, and power of the statue should be enough to ring important to anyone.
Written June 18, 2021
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6_Speed_Automatic
Covington, LA196 contributions
Nov 2021
Visitation was restricted to the base of the statue as of the date of this review. Visits to the crown were on hold due to COVID. There is a tour of the interior of the base, but a reservation is required.
Also, there is a museum to the left rear as you exit the ferry. This museum documents the genesis of the statue, design, prototype, construction, and delivery to New York via a short video and artifacts. Access is available to the top of the museum with spectacular views of New York harbor and Manhattan.
Tickets for the ferry service to the statue and Ellis Island are available on line or at the walk up booth in Battery Park.
Anticipate 3 to 5 hours for a visit to both the statue and Ellis.
Written November 18, 2021
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Jennifer B
Detroit, MI5,596 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
My oh my, THIS! This place was everything I dreamed of and more.

I've been wanting to visit this since I was a kid, which seems like forever ago 🤪.

It did NOT disappoint.

First the ferry to get you here was fun and gave tons of info and had fun souvenirs such as Liberty crown headbands, light up Liberty statues, stuffed dogs and magnets. All affordable.

When we got to Liberty Island, we had to put our stuff in a locker, so be sure you have a quarter. Can't take anything but your phone.

We had to go through security for obvious reasons, but it was relatively quick.

We then headed inside, which immediately you see beautiful stairs ahead.

There's an elevator for the disabled, as it might not seem like a lot of stairs to able-bodied, but for those with bad knees and/or bad bones, breathing issues, etc., that can be quite difficult.

Also due to Covid, they only allow one person to be in the elevator at a time, unless it is someone pushing a wheelchair or someone with a small child.

We actually got pedestal tickets which we bought straight off of Statue of Liberty's website, as apparently third hand sites can't guarantee the same kind of access. Am I glad we did. That view from the top is so amazing, I really can't even put into words.

It's so serene and peaceful, even despite the helicopters flying around.

Right now, they are not allowing anyone into the crown.

The park rangers are super helpful and very friendly.

You can go on all levels. But really, I think the best one is the one right before ground level because you can actually get photos with Liberty's face.

There's plenty of space to walk on that level, but the top level not so much. And that mid-level has very limited seating. Maybe one or two benches.

Just be sure if you are getting off the elevator, to ask to get on that biggest platform so that you can get photos with her face. You don't want to remember after you've already exited out of the gate. I'm telling you, it is such a fantastic photo opportunity.

I highly highly recommend this.

Childhood dream come true!

Written August 14, 2021
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Lisa T
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Yes, COVID rates have declined, but at the SofL, and specifically Statue Cruises ferry, you’d never know COVID exists. No social distancing- ferry staff actually forced people to crowd together on a line that had been socially distant. We were corralled like livestock waiting for the return to NYC ferry. Mask usage is practically nonexistent, and staff on the ferry, and indoor exhibits, weren’t enforcing the mask or distancing rule. We ended our day early and skipped Ellis Island because it felt unsafe to do any other indoor stuff if people - many foreign tourists - were not following rules re: masks and staff refused to enforce it.

I’m vaxxed, but if I get COVID, I’ll know where I got it.
Written July 18, 2021
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Abs
Cambridgeshire, UK44 contributions
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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Astranomical321
Kansas City, MO36 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Tickets were cheapest from the statue city cruises website. Two tickets were $47.60 so for the price getting to go into the pedestal, the statue of liberty museum and Ellis Island was a great price. Ferry appeared clean, security was thorough. My favorite part was the statue of liberty museum on liberty Island that goes through the history of the statue.
Written October 12, 2021
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Nothingtodeclare
Bangkok, Thailand13 contributions
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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Liv
Wales, UK89 contributions
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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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,388 contributions
Aug 2021
I used to come here with my family when I was a kid, and no matter how many times I come back here, it's still incredibly impactful. Nowadays, you need to buy a timed ticket, although that doesn't stop this from being an incredibly popular (and busy) attraction, so please give yourself extra time to visit. There's a small museum at the base of the Statue, and you can take a tour of Ellis Island as well. Taking a ferry around the Island is also a good option, and the tour guides are pretty good!
Climbing to the crown is physically strenuous, so you need to be in good physical shape to do so, but even if you don't go all the way up, it's still a very vivid reminder of the principles that we can all remember: open-mindedness and international friendships.
Written January 9, 2022
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