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Statue of Liberty Basics

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Statue of Liberty from the tour cruise.
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Statue of Liberty Facts:

  • When shipped from France to New York, she came in 350 pieces.
  • Once delivered, it took four months to put her together, and was completed on October 28, 1886.
  • The Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors following September 11, 2001, but Liberty Island was reopened on December 20, 2001. The Promenade and Observatory were reopened to visitors beginning August 3, 2004 by reserved ticket only. On July 4, 2009 the Crown was once again made accessible to visitors.
  • More Statue of Liberty history and facts

 

Statue of Liberty Basics:

  • Phone: 212-363-3200
  • Statue Cruises Phone: 877-LADY-TIX
  • Nearest Subways: 4/5 to Bowling Green; N/R to Whitehall Street; 1 to South Ferry (you must be in the first 5 cars of the train to exit at South Ferry). Follow the signs to Castle Clinton to buy tickets for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
  • Statue of Liberty Visitor Tips

 

Statue of Liberty With Kids:

  • Strollers are not allowed on the Promenade or Observatory Tours.
  • There is plenty of room for running around and relaxing on Liberty Island.
  • For children 7-12 there is a Junior Ranger Program available. Pick up a free booklet on Liberty Island or see it online before you make the trip.

 

Statue of Liberty Admission:

Admission to Liberty State Park is free, but you must buy a ferry ticket to get there.

Statue Cruises Ferry Ticket Prices: Adults $13; Senior Citizens (62+) $10; Children (4-12) $5; Children 3 and under free. You can buy your tickets for the ferry online at http://statuecruises.com/choose_tickets.aspx . Ferry ticket included with the New York Pass - present New York Pass in Castle Clinton bookstore for ticket.

Statue of Liberty Hours:

Ferries to the island depart from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Liberty Island closes at 6 p.m. and the last ferry returns to Battery Park by 6:30 p.m. Schedules are updated and revised frequently, so please check the official ferry schedule.

Statue of Liberty Tour Reservations:

  • Climb the Crown of the Statue of Liberty with a Crown Ticket, which costs an additional $3 and includes access to the Museum and Pedestal as well.
  • Museum/Pedestal Tickets are free (with ferry ticket purchase).
  • Order your tickets in advance: 877-LADY-TIX or online when you purchase your ferry ticket.
  • Tour tickets are time specific.
  • Ranger Tours of Liberty Island are free and do not require reservations or tickets.

 

Statue of Liberty Audio Tours:

  • Self-guided audio tours (in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish) are available for $4 per person.
  • There is a children's tour geared toward kids 6-10 narrated by fictional animal characters in five languages.

 

More About the Statue of Liberty:

For the first time since September 11, 2001, the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty was reopened on August 3, 2004. On July 4, 2009, they reopened the Crown to visitors willing (and able) to hike the 354 steps in each direction. Interior access to the Statue of Liberty was suspended on October 29, 2011 for upgrades that were expected to take about a year, but due to damage to Liberty Island sustained during Hurricane Sandy, Liberty Island and the Statue have been closed since late October 2012. Re-opening is anticipated for Memorial Day Weekend 2013.

Security is very serious for visitors to the Statue of Liberty -- everyone will clear security (including x-ray inspections of baggage and walk through metal detectors) before boarding the ferry. Participants entering the Statue of Liberty to visit the Crown, Museum or Pedestal will have to clear security a second time before entering the statue.

Time specific Crown tickets and Museum/Pedestal passes are available by phone (877-LADY-TIX), online and in person at the Ferry Ticket Office. There is no additional charge for the passes, and visitors without tickets can still visit Liberty Island.

On that fateful day in 2001, she held her head high as she witnessed with her own eyes the horrors that took place just across from her watery home. Symbolism and sentimentality can be infinitely applied to her place in it all, and the National Park Service (the statue's operator) is taking it very seriously. Due to security reasons, the top of the Statue of Liberty will continue to be closed to the public.

There are basic concessions available for sale on Liberty Island, including hot dogs, ice creams, and beverages. You might also want to bring a picnic to enjoy on the many grassy spaces surrounding Liberty Island.

Catch a ferry to Liberty Island (and/or nearby Ellis Island) and explore the park grounds.

Ferries to Liberty Island also travel to Ellis Island. Your ferry ticket purchase through Statue Cruises includes both, so take advantage of both if you can.

If you want a free way to get out onto the water and see the statue from a distance, try the Staten Island Ferry.

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