Question: What Ticket Should I Buy for Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island?
Answer: Visiting the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty is free, but you need to buy a ticket for the ferry that will bring you to the islands where they are both located. You'll save a ton of time if you buy your tickets in advance, but you can also buy tickets on location if that makes more sense for you.
First, you need to decide if you want to visit the Crown and/or Museum/Pedestal at the Statue of Liberty and whether you're interested in the Audio Tour:
Visit The Crown
Visiting the Statue of Liberty crown costs an additional $3 and requires participants to climb up and down 354 steps. On warm days, it can be up to 20 degrees warmer in the Statue of Liberty's crown, so visitors are advised to drink plenty of water if they plan to climb to to the top of the crown. It is a strenuous walk and not advised for children under 4 feet tall or visitors with heart and respiratory conditions, mobility impairments, claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), acrophobia (fear of heights) or vertigo (dizziness).
Visit The Museum/Pedestal
If you know you want to go inside the Statue of Liberty to see the museum, the Statue's interior, and to walk along the Statue's pedestal, you'll need a ticket with Pedestal/Museum Access. These are free, but there are a limited number available. (All Crown access tickets also include access to the Pedestal/Museum.)
For $8 ($7.25 for seniors and children under 12) you can add the option of an audio tour to your visit. One audio tour serves both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and the tours are available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. For people who enjoy audio tours or don't speak English, these are a great option, but I think that the free Ranger-Guided Tours of both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are fantastic. (Ellis Island's tour lasts about 45 minutes and leaves every hour, the schedule for Liberty Island tours varies.)
Children ages 6-10 will enjoy the audio tour geared specifically to them, narrated by fictional animal characters and offered in five languages.
The audio tour can be rented from Statue Cruises with the purchase of a ferry ticket or on site at both islands at the Discovery Audio booths. There is a single audio tour that covers both islands.
The audio tour costs $8 additional ($7.25 for seniors/children) and all visitors to the Crown will pay $3 extra. Advance tickets cost no more than same day tickets, but they will save you the time of waiting in line for tickets once you arrive in Battery Park. You will be able to go straight to security and bypass the first (and often very long) line.
Advance Ticket Options
- Reserve With Crown Ticket (includes Pedestal/Museum Access): $15; $13 for seniors; $8 for children 4-12
- Reserve with Pedestal/Museum Access Ticket: $12; $10 for seniors; $5 for children 4-12
Reserve Ticket: $12; $10 for seniors; $5 for children 4-12
If you know you want to visit the Crown, the Museum or the Pedestal at the Statue of Liberty and have a good idea of when you're going to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you should buy a ticket in advance. These tickets have a specific time for arrival at security and by booking in advance, you can secure the access you want for your visit.
3-Day Flex Ticket
If you're not sure when you want to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but you're sure you want to visit, these tickets are good for any visit during a specified three-day period. However, you cannot guarantee access to the Crown, Museum or Pedestal will be available when you go.
On Site Tickets
If you don't plan in advance to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you can buy tickets at the ticket booth in Castle Clinton National Monument inside Battery Park. Arrive early in the day in order to avoid a long wait for ticket purchases.