Guide to Visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York

The Statue of Liberty is an important landmark and a popular tourist spot in New York City. The statue is a big part of the history of the United States of America. Its history can be traced back to 1875 by the time it was built. It was then opened on October 28, 1886. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France as a symbol of international friendship to the people of the United States of America during the American war. The pedestal was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel and the statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the imposing structures in New York City with a height of 93 meters! The height of the pedestal alone is 46 meters or 154 feet. It is a mesmerizing sight to the public. Throughout time, people who come to the United States of America wants to see this symbol of friendship between France and America.

On the base of the statue is a tablet inscribed with words by Emma Lazarus in 1883. The words of Emma Lazarus says, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Directions to the Statue of Liberty in New York

The statue is located on Liberty Island. The closest subways are 4/5 to Bowling Green, N/R to Whitehall Street, 1 to South Ferry. Make sure to follow the signs to Castle Clinton for you to get tickets for the ferry service to the statue.

Here’s what to expect when you visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City

  • You need to buy your tickets in advance either online at www.statuecruises.com or through telephone at (201) 432-6321.
  • Before boarding the ferry to Liberty Island, you have to get clear first by security.
  • From Battery Park in Manhattan, the ferry first stops at Liberty Island. All passengers are required to disembark from the ferry on Liberty Island. After that, it will continue to Ellis Island, and then once again return to Battery Park. For visitors coming from New Jersey, the ferry service runs in reverse.
  • For people on tours who want to enter the statue for the crown or pedestal access, they will need to clear for security again.
  • If you want to tour around the pedestal and the Statue of Liberty Museum, you will need to get a special ticket. Not to worry, it does not cost extra. You will only need to pay extra if you want to climb to the crown.
  • Adults can opt for a tour to visit the Ellis Hospital for an additional cost. Children are now allowed.
  • It is highly recommended to arrive early for the tours if you plan to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in a day. This will give you enough time to explore the history of each place.
  • Children who are 4 years old and below are free for both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Adults accompanying the children must remember though that the children need to be 4 feet tall to climb the crown.
  • Minors need to be accompanied by an adult who is 25 years old or older.
  • Alternatively, if you plan on only seeing the statue, it is pretty much accessible to the public from a distance. You can go to Battery Park, Staten Island Ferry, Red Hook Fairway, or get tickets to New York City Sightseeing Cruises tours.