Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City

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World heritage site · Monument · Landmark
A gift of friendship from the people of France, Statue of Liberty National Monument long represented the first glimpse of the United States for thousands of immigrants arriving across the Atlantic Ocean from distant lands. The 93 m (305 ft) statue's large pedestal includes an interior exhibit explaining the significance of this icon of liberty and democracy. Designed by sculptor F.A. Bartholdi and dedicated in 1886, the statue represents the Roman goddess of freedom holding a torch and a tablet of laws. It's essential to book tickets in advance. "Pedestal" tickets give you access the inside of the pedestal, the museum, and the Fort Wood level. Reservations to visit the crown can fill up to six months in advance. Ferries depart from Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Check the ferry schedules and leave plenty of time for the security screenings. Make Statue of Liberty National Monument a part of your New York City vacation plans using our New York City trip itinerary planner.
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  • The best thing we did whilst in New York - and we did an awful lot in our 5 days! The queue for the boat over is a little frustrating, but once through security checks it all speeds up a bit. We...  more »
  • This is it. One of the most iconic American symbols. And brought a tear to my eye just to look at how beautiful she was  more »
  • During my stay in New York , i visited a lot of things like the empire state building , the statue of liberty, central park. But the place that like the most was Broadway with these theaters, streets....  more »
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  • This was definitely a bucket list item for me and my visit did not disappoint! We were met, promptly at Battery Park, by our diminutive tour guide, Sheree, who sported a bright pink ball cap, which came in very handy to spot her as she guided us through the crowds. One of the crew members told me that the boat has a capacity to carry 800 passengers which was mind blowing to me. As we approached Liberty island and got closer to the statue the atmosphere became hushed as we collectively embraced her aura. The process of getting us on and off the boat was surprisingly orderly considering the number of people. Our guide took us through the process and was extremely informative. I was very impressed with her wealth of knowledge. I asked and she said she had been doing this for many years. She is SKILLED! She got on the ground to take pictures for us so that we could have the Statue in the background! Now that is great customer service! Thank you, Sheree! I highly recommend this tour and encourage you to go on to Ellis Island also.
  • So glad to have finally gotten to experience the iconic Statue of Liberty! The views are breathtaking. Getting to see this has always been a dream of mine. I bought the tickets to go into the base, which was definitely a great experience! I would definitely recommend anyone visiting to buy the tickets either to go into the base, or even the crown. The inside of the statue is a very unique experience. Staff that I encountered were all very friendly. Definitely a great place to see at least once in your life.
  • This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 3:30 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long, disorganized lines and security screenings on top of the $18.50 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip. To avoid some of the hassle and make the most of your day, travelers offer a few tips. One, get in line extra early so that you can get on one of the first boats. Two, purchase a ticket and catch the ferry at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey (you'll get the same tour but face shorter lines). If you're short on time, have no fear – you can still view the monument from Battery Park or the High Line. Taking a guided tour is another hassle-free way to see the iconic landmark. Several of the city's best boat tours circle the Statue of Liberty, making for some spectacular photos. The ferry that leaves from Battery Park is accessible from the Bowling Green subway stop; you can take the 4 or 5 train and visit any day except Dec. 25. Check out the official website for more information or go to the Statue Cruises website for boat schedules, information and to purchase tickets online. For more helpful tips on making the most of your visit, check out our list of everything you need to know before you go.
  • What can you say about the Statue? Besides the fact that she's absolutely stunning! It was an experience that we will never forget. I would recommend to anyone who is visiting New York, to make the time to come and see her. She has stood here in the harbor welcoming people from across the world for years, and she will welcome you as well! Take the time, to make the visit. You will not regret it.
  • It was like a dream come true. A lifetime experience breathtaking views and statue was so mesmerizing that I fall in love with it. Going there was fun and adventure too. In a ferry, landing there spending time taking photographs and learning about the history was great experience. I loved it 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 there were so many people though it was too cold. Everyone so happy and excited to see this monument.

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