Cities, New York, Sightseeings

Statue of Liberty | New York

Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous symbols of New York. It stands for political freedom and democracy. The statue is in the harbor of New York and is seen as the unofficial entrance to New York City. It welcomes visitors from all over the world. New York has received the Statue of Liberty from the people of France as a gift for the centenary of the American revolution. The Statue of Liberty was opened to the public in 1886.


Statue of Liberty Tickets

If you purchase your tickets for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island through this site, you will receive e-tickets by mail. You can print it out or show it on your phone as a mobile ticket. With these tickets you can take the ferry at Battery Park that stops at Liberty Island and Ellis Island. You can get off at both islands and look around for as long as you want. These tickets do not give access to the Statue of Liberty itself.

Buy your Statue of Liberty Tickets here

Liberty Island

To visit Liberty Island you must take a boat from Lower Manhattan. Before boarding the boat, everyone has to go through an extensive security scan, similar to that at an airport. A visit to the monument itself requires an extra screening. Please note that large bags, backpacks, prams and other large items on Liberty Island must be stored in lockers. You can rent a safe for a few dollars.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty

If you only want to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you can buy your tickets for the ferry on this page. This is a safe and easy way, you do not have to print tickets and can just show them from your phone. However, I advise you to buy one of the discount cards that allow you to visit Liberty Island, the island on which the Statue of Liberty stands. A visit to Liberty Island is included with both the New York Pass, the New York CityPASS and the Explorer Pass.

The boat first sails to Liberty Island, where you can get off and walk to the Statue of Liberty. After your visit to Liberty Island you can take back any boat you want. The boat always goes first to Ellis Island, where you can get off if you want. This visit costs nothing extra. If you do not want to visit Ellis Island, stay on the boat and be brought back to Manhattan.

No queues at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour with guide

On this tour with guide to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you will gather at Castle Park in Battery Park. You get on the boat without having to queue, with priority boarding. If you are on Liberty Island, you can visit the pedestal (ticket is included). When you have seen everything, return to the ferry and sail to Ellis Island. You can stay on Ellis Island for as long as you want.

! If this tour is sold out, see if the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial tour is available.

Book the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island guided tour here

Is it possible to enter the Statue of Liberty?

There are two ways to enter the Statue of Liberty: you visit the pedestal, or you go into the crown. For both options you really need to reserve on time, because tickets are sold out very quickly.

Pedestal
At the top of the pedestal is an observation deck. You will see the Statue of Liberty itself up close and you will immediately have a nice view of the Manhattan skyline. To get to this viewpoint, you can climb 215 steps or take the lift for part of this climb. In the lobby of the pedestal you will also find the Liberty Island Museum. This tour includes a visit to the pedestal.

Crown
If you also want to visit the crown, look here for tickets. When you make a reservation, make sure that the name on the ticket for the Statue of Liberty matches that on your passport. To get into the crown, you have to climb 354 steps of a narrow staircase. When you visit the crown, the only thing you can take with you is the ticket, a camera and medication. All other items, including wallets and keys, must be stored in a rented safe.

Can I also see the Statue of Liberty for free?

Yes! Make a free trip with the Staten Island Ferry. You will pass the Statue of Liberty, but you can not stop and get off at Liberty Island. Read more about the Staten Island Ferry here.


Tip
Personally, I advise anyone who has not bought a boat ticket in advance to go to the port at all. The entire visit to the Statue of Liberty takes at least five hours. If you do not want to spend so much time, do one of the many boat trips. You sail past the Statue of Liberty, but you also see other sights.

You might also find this interesting:
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock
– Ellis Islands
9/11 Memorial Museum
One World Observation
St. Patricks Cathedral
– Central Park
– and more sightseeings….

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