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Statue of Liberty Visitors Guide

Everything you need to plan your visit to the Statue of Liberty


The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the people of the United States as a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution. The Statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the pedestal by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. After many delays (mostly due to financial challenges), the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886; just ten years late for the Centennial celebration for which it was intended. The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom and democracy.

1. Ways to See the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay
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If you just want to see the Statue of Liberty, but don't necessarily care about climbing into the crown or walking around Liberty Island, there are a number of great places you can go and things you can do and see the Statue of Liberty.

  • Battery Park or the Brooklyn Promenade - if you just want to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance, these are good spots
  • New York City Sightseeing Cruises - nearly every sightseeing cruise offers participants a view of the Statue of Liberty, many times with a good photo opportunity as well
  • Staten Island Ferry - take this free ferry to Staten Island for a great view of the New York Harbor and a chance to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance
  • Red Hook Fairway - the outdoor cafe at this Brooklyn supermarket offers a view of the Statue of Liberty

2. Statue of Liberty Introduction and Directions

Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. To get to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, you'll need to take a ferry from Battery Park City or New Jersey. We've put together directions and details about the Statue of Liberty, as well as some interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty to help you plan your visit.

3. Statue of Liberty Visitor Tips

Replica of Statue of Liberty's Face
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From renting lockers to avoiding long lines at the ferry, check out these tips for visiting the Statue of Liberty.

4. Seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in One Day

Ellis Island from the Statue of Liberty
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The ferry that takes you to Liberty Island also stops at Ellis Island. Seeing both in a single day is possible, but it's an ambitious undertaking. Read about Seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in One Day.

5. Statue of Liberty Pictures

Statue of Liberty's Original Torch
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  • Statue of Liberty Pictures - See pictures of the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island and the view of downtown Manhattan from Liberty Island.
  • Statue of Liberty Observatory Tour Pictures - Curious about what you'll see on the Observatory Tour on the Statue of Liberty? Check out these pictures for a preview of seeing the inside of the Statue of Liberty.

6. Map of Battery Park Area

Battery Park Map
This map of Battery Park City and the Financial District features streets and major landmarks. There is also a printable version available.
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