The Statue of Liberty
National Monument:
Tips To Make Your Visit Perfect!

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty National Monument is one of the most inspiring sights anywhere. After living in New York City for all my life, I still get goodbumps

when I pass her by! It's fun to imagine what it must have been like to view her for the very first time, when entering the harbour with a shipload of other travelers, from a distant land.

The monument stands 151 feet high! It was a gift from France, in recognition of the friendship developed between the two countries during the American Revolution. It was begun in 1876, to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independance.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, engineered by Gustave Eiffel (yes, of Eiffel Tower fame), with the base designed by Richard Morris Hunt. The statue was built in France, disassembled, and shipped in pieces, (in 214 crates, to be exact) to the United States in June 1885. After some difficulty in finding financing to complete the statue, it was erected in NYC on October 28, 1886.

The seven rays of the statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world. The tablet which the statue holds in her left hand, reads "July 4th, 1776." Learn more of these fun and interesting facts when you visit! 

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The Crown

The Statue of Liberty National Monument's crown is open to the public! There is a limit of 30 visitors an hour. Tickets for crown access book about a lot in advance--depending on the season, so plan accordingly, if possible. You can not visit the crown without a reservation. Visitors may also receive crown passes (when available) each morning when a number of tickets are

released to the public. The earlier you get to the ticketing windows in Battery Park, the better!


Personalized Tours

New York City Vacation Packages offers two fantastic, personalized tours of The Statue of Liberty that allows you to SKIP THE LINES, and to GO INSIDE the monument!

A licensed NYC tour guide will personally lead you from Manhattan so you don't have to worry about maneuvering and navigating the subways and buses. They will give you the history, background, and information that other visitors will miss. They do all the work.

There are two tours to choose from!


Where and When Do I Buy Tickets?

The great news is that admission to the Statue of Liberty National Monument is absolutely FREE! Sorry, can't provide a discount on FREE! Or can I? See below for great ips on discounted ferry tickets

However, it's located on an island, so unless your swimming skills are like Michael Phelps', you'll have to take the ferry. But, fees are fairly reasonable.

Keep in mind that one round-trip ferry ticket includes visits to both Liberty and Ellis islands. Although it's sensible to visit both for financial reasons, I do not recommend it. It will take you at least 6 hours to visit both sites and your feet will cry!

ADMISSION TICKETS

  • Adults ages (13 to 61)- grounds only - $18; with pedestal - $18, with crown - $21.00
  • Discount for Seniors (ages 62 plus)-grounds only $14;  with pedestal - $14, with crown-$17.00
  • Discounts for Children (ages 4-12)-grounds only $9.00; with pedestal - $9, with crown-$12.00
  • Infants 3 and under-Free


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For the online ferry schedule and to make reservations log on to statuecruises.com. The audio tour is included with all tickets.


How Do I Get There?

Ferry service leaves Battery Park approximately every 20 minutes from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM every day (except Christmas) to the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Battery Park is located at the southern most tip of Manhattan. (Ferries are also available from Liberty State Park, NJ - New Jersey.) So, allow appropriate travel time. The last ferry leaves Statue of Liberty National Monument at 5:00 pm returning to Battery Park.

Directions:
By Bus: M1, M6, M9, or M15
By Subway: R or W to Whitehall Street, or 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or 1 to South Ferry.

Check this subway map for directions to Battery Park. Need help? Don't worry, this link has an automatic trip planner.

Going by bus? Check this bus map!.

My advice? Be on the first ferry--you'll thank me later. The crowds get big, the lines long, and you must pass through security. But, it's all worth it!


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Short On Time But Want to See Lady Liberty?

If you're short on time or energy, but want to get a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, here are some great options:

1-- Take the Circle Line 3 Hour Sightseeing Harbor Cruises and get a CLOSE-UP of the Statue of Liberty and other great sites!

2--Hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry for free and enjoy a view of Lady Liberty!

What To Carry With You!

Being totally prepared for your day of fun is priceless and pleasure enhancing. Forgetting something important like bandaids for blistered feet, or sunscreen, can really dampen your day.

So, if you're heading out for a day of sightseeing, check out my "what to put in your backback for a day" section of my special packing list. I live in the big apple and have visited the Statue of Liberty National Monument many times (love it), so you can learn from my numerous experiences...and mistakes!


When is the Statue of Liberty National Monument Open?

It's open every day except Christmas!!


Traveling with Kids?

If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.


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