You’re never too cool to stop and appreciate the Statue of Liberty… even if you’re a native New Yorker, it’s worth visiting (gasp) on your own without a friend from out of town. If you’re trying to get a good view of it for less time and money, the views from Battery Park or the Staten Island Ferry can’t be beaten. But that being said, nothing compares to standing at its base and looking up at the giant Lady Liberty. The boat tours out to the statue also include a stop at Ellis Island, which makes for an interesting and impactful day of sightseeing.
“Liberty enlightening the world”
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.
This is an amazing place! The last boat to Ellis Island leaves at 3:30 PM. If you miss the boat (as I did), bring your ticket with you the next morning at 8:30 and if the ticket person is nice, they will let you on the first boat out. Get off at the second stop (Ellis Island) and you won't have to purchase a second ticket. Crown tickets sell out far in advance. They must be purchased before you come to the island!
I first saw the statue when I was about five years old and for whatever reason I was taken by what it represented very deeply. Twenty years later I ended up living in Jersey City and seeing it almost on a daily basis.
It's a must in my opinion. If you can muster the empathy and put yourself in the shoes of a traveler who's been stuck on a ship for over a month, then you can appreciate what she represents. An effective symbol in my opinion.
As a kid you imagine the statue to be much bigger, but it's relatively small when you see it from the coast. Not my favorite thing to do in NYC, but something you SHOULD do at least once just to feel the gravity of America's history of taking immigrants. One of those you have to do, but maybe won't do again for several years.
What can I say? It is the freaking Statue of Liberty. It is much smaller in person, but totally worth the experience to feel like an immigrant would have felt pulling into Ellis Island.
Like Austin said, this isn't exactly the most thing to do in New York - it gets super cramped and really stuffy - but if it's your first time visiting you should absolutely check it out. You'll get some really cool views out of it.
Give yourself some time and also do Ellis Island while you are at it. You won't be sorry. The ride there is half the fun.
Take some time in the museum in the pedestal, but walk around the island and check out the magnificent views of the harbor and back toward Manhattan.
Was a highlight of our trip in 2007 and in 2013 again.... One of those landmarks that you can visit countless times and it never gets old. Also a photographers wet dream.... :)
Crown access tickets were sold out online about 3 months ahead of time :( we got pedestal access, which gave us a small glimpse of what you could see from up in the crown. Amazing place to visit, especially coupled with a trip to Ellis island.
Taking the ferry to Manhattan and seeing Lady Liberty is cool and iconic but it's much smaller than you'd imagine from movie scenes and pictures. Fun fact, there's also a statue of liberty in Paris nearby the Eiffel Tower.
Yes, this is the statue from Ghostbusters 2. It is even more magnificent in person. So, for some tips, give yourself lots of time to explore. Seriously, you may think you're just going to see a statue but there's actually a lot to do. So at least a couple hours. And the tour is about 2-3 hours long. Get there early cause it can get crowded, especially in the summer. Also, bring some food, cause it's pretty pricey, and again, long lines.
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Good for cultural-travelers. Has a historic vibe.
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