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Review of Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty
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Afternoon Statue of Liberty Tour with Pedestal Access
Ranked #15 of 1,098 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Nashville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2013

You think you're familiar with the Statue of Liberty, one of the most recognizable icons in the world, until you visit; she's much more than we anticipated and we learned a lot about her history. I've seen her from afar, even fairly close up on the Staten Island Ferry in the past, but a visit to Liberty Island to see her close-up far exceeded any expectations that we had. Reserve your ferry tickets in advance and avoid the ticket lines. Better yet, reserve the 8 AM (earliest) cruise and arrive at Battery Park a bit early to be on the first ferry and beat the crowds. Upon our return to Battery Park, we noticed that the lines were much longer. The only way you can get there is via Statue Cruises, the official transportation to/from Liberty Island. When you purchase your ferry ticket, there are 3 options: ferry ride only, "monument access", and if you reserve far enough in advance "crown access" (limited availability, must reserve far in advance). We planned our trip only a few weeks in advance and, unfortunately, the crown access was out of the question; crown access allows you to climb a really cool looking spiral staircase up to the .... crown. "Monument" access was great, allowing us up inside of the statue, able to see the inside structure and able to peer all the way up. The National Park Service web site incorrectly states that there are "no locker storage areas at the screening facilities" and that you "must keep bags, packages" with you at all times. In fact, there are locker rentals available for a nominal fee and you MUST leave backpacks, etc in the lockers -- you can't carry them up into the statue. These lockers aren't huge, so don't try to bring a suitcase, but they are available and convenient (first lockers I've ever used that utilizes your fingerprint as your "key"). Unfortunately Ellis Island was closed, due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, so we'll have to catch that on our next trip.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Don't pay for the ferries”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I got this tip from another traveler when in New York: You are not able to go to the top of the statues without booking it a few months in advance, and when you're there there's not much to see or take pictures of unless you have a wide-angle lens.
Her recommendation was to take a ferry (free) to Staten Island and take some pictures from there, since the ferry passed right in front of the statue.

There is nothing much to see in Staten Island (apart from the hard-to-find) chinese scholars garden, but you can take some cool pictures of the Manhattan skyline from afar.

Visited July 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Take the Crown tour”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

My son and I took the "Crown Tour" and found the trip up to the crown to be as interesting as the crown view. You walk up a narrow spiral staircase through the middle of the statue. The space is cramped and heavyset people might have trouble fitting as well as tall people. If you don't like confined spaces I would not recommend it. They say it is not air conditioned but it was. We went in the morning and it was comfortable.

Visited July 2013
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“Must see”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

No trip to NY is complete without a trip to see the SOL. Recommend you book your tickets for the trip in advance to avoid long queues. Be careful of the sun too, as on a hot day it can be quite intense. The boat trip is quick and efficient, gets quite rocky though as passengers board! Didn't eat on the island, but the outlet looks pretty decent. The shop is full of usual and expected tut, so be warned!

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We bought a New York pass well worth buying if you are visiting to see all the attractions the ferry takes you over to the island
At the time we visited in July the statue was closed also Ellis island due to hurricane sandy which meant big queues on the island in the heat with no shelter to wait for a ferry make sure you take a hat and water if you are going check the Statue of Liberty website to see if the island is open

Visited July 2013
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