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Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City
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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Statue of Liberty National Monument and other New York City attractions using our handy New York City tour planner.
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  • The statue is beautiful and conveys a sense of freedom really good. The day is: I went to the Circle Line boat Dowtown and avoid staying in the middle of the boat to take a good picture.
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  • Well, it's clear that you can't go to New York and skip this step. The sight of the statue is mystical ... symbol not only of NYC but of all humanity. Synonym of freedom but also of all the contradictions of this nation!
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  • And a beautiful and dynamic ride, despite relying on boat to go back and forth. It's worth it because you can each lovely photo. If you want to climb the statue has to buy the ticket on the net, on the island doesn't sell.
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  • Amazing experience. Well worth the cost and effort to get there. Until you see it in person you have no idea of the grandeur of the statue. I got to do the extra crown tour which was a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience. To be able to climb up inside the statue and view out through the windows in the crown was mind blowing. Well worth the effort, but book in advance as security checks have to be done first.
  • Great place to have a family outing in the weekend. It was a hot summer day in NYC but the island is very cool and breezy, making it a nice experience. The audio guide provided is very informative, so if you have more than an hour to spare, go ahead and know more about France's beautiful gift to the US!
  • The Statue of Liberty was SO much better in real life than in photos! There's nothing like seeing it in real life. We didn't get into the crown (you have to book about 6 months in advance!) but we had an amazing visit. The park Rangers give regular free tours which I'd recommend.
  • Those who are able to get to the crown are in for a once in a lifetime experience. Unlike the past when people had to stand in line for three hours and get seconds at the top today you have almost unlimited space and time. A simple security check and we were given a number which we had to hand to the guard in the pedestal. Once inside the statue we were free to climb at our own pace. Because of the small crowd the steps are almost completely empty. There were several resting spots along the way. They are useful as the climb is very tough with narrow steps. Also the fame work is amazing. Feel free to check it out. Unlike in the past you get almost as much as you want in the crown. It's a much better experience than what it was.
  • Loved the visit and the boat ride! We didn't get the chance to go to the top, but we admired her from down below. The audio guide was interesting, but a bit difficult to follow since we didn't start on the right spot. It was a hot summer day during our visit but the vendors sold an amazing lemonade- so good! This was a must on out NYC trip and we weren't disappointed.