Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
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  • dianelester
    Manchester, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Liberty experience
    Bought tickets direct with site not an agent as cheaper. Got them months in advance to make sure we could get a slot to climb the crown. Booked for 10am on the Saturday. Got the first ferry across to island. Security is strict but happy with that. Great to be early as got to take photos of the outside with less people there. Times are kept to , only allowed to enter in your slot. We went in and climbed the stairs up . Very tight spiral stairs but no rush and with limits on how many allowed per hour no queue. Great experience. Lovely staff. Does get busy later. So tip is go early. Did see alot of disappointment people who hadnt done research and pre booked.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Mic O
    Auckland Central, New Zealand107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A clique but this is a must do when in New York
    We arrived late on Saturday night and stayed on 8th Ave between 46th and 47th (Great location) and we had booked to go up the Statue at 9 am on Sunday, so our first time in New York started with us getting there and not knowing how, so we used the tube which turned out being easier than we expected. we arrived at the Ferry to take us to the Statue in good time and eagerly anticipating what lay ahead. We weren't disappointed, we got to climb to the top (As far as you can go anyway) of the Statue of Liberty and look at how it was constructed, talked to the guys who are there to help you, peered out the windows in the crown down and saw the book with the date 4th July (In roman numerals) which just happens to be my birthday and even though I was slightly jet lagged after a 16 hour straight trip from NZ got to appreciated just how big a deal that date really is to American people. We spent several hours looking around the island and museum taking in all it has to offer before going to Ellis Island and seeing the names of my relatives who started new lives in America. To say it was special to us is an understatement and these two features are a must see in our humble opinions. Go see for yourself and take in all they have to offer.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Marcelo
    Auckland, New Zealand259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something that you will do once in your life
    That was incredible, something that I will do only once in my life. The views of New York are fantastic, how beautiful statue. At the beginning I was disappointed how small it was looking from Manhattan but when I was there wow!!! Beautiful I really love the museum as well. The only disappointment was that I couldn't go to the torch.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Privatemf
    New Orleans, Louisiana42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    It was majestic, and even in bad weather, it was worth coming to see. I was amazed by how many nationalities. The history of the staute was displayed well and the shops were fun. The boat ride to it gives great views of the city skyline, and on the other side, you see the statue. Like u can get a selfie. I was a little proud even though this country has never been to the African Americans. It kimd of gives hope. We can have a peaceful moment and some solidarity. Hope. Looking at it gave me that.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2023
  • SueBusse
    84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    A fun ferry ride gets you to Liberty Island. A narrated tour is included with admission. We also went into the pedestal. It was very, very hot the day we went and there are not a lot of shaded areas so if this is a problem, be prepared. The ferry then takes you to Ellis Island and the immigration museum. We did not tour this attraction, but it appeared to be very popular.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Haree82
    Austin, Texas193 contributions
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    Awesome experience!
    Maybe one of the best sites we visited in New York. We enjoyed it a lot. We booked the crown access 3 months in advance. We boarded the ferry from battery park and got off at liberty island. This iconic statue is beautiful and huge. You cannot take bags, backpacks or even small handbags in to the pedestal or the crown so you'd have to leave them in a locker which will take a quarter. The spiral staircase on to the crown is very narrow so make sure that you wear appropriate shoes. But its a short climb and before you know it you'll be inside the crown! The view from the crown was spectacular. It was not crowded inside the crown the day we went so we could have hanged around as much as we wanted. The museum was very informative and had very good exhibits. There is a gift shop, restaurant and an ice cream shop as well. We then got on to the ferry and got off at the Ellis island. The museum is so big that you'll need at least a whole day to explore all the exhibits and rooms. It was great visit and you'll need at least a day to explore everything.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Maureen H
    Jay, New York38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit to the island
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Liberty Island. The ferry was easy to navigate and we loved getting to see the statue from close up, even as it was raining when we arrived. We ate lunch outside at a table with an umbrella. We did not go up to the pedestal or crown as tickets were sold out, but we did enjoy the well-done museum. The video exhibit of visitor pictures was particularly entrancing as we saw all the countries people were from. The museum was a wonderful addition since I last visited in 1998.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Ccari01
    New Jersey1,766 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for New York City
    You need a pre-booked ticket in planning for a visit to the Statue of Liberty.There were multiple websites with different options and varying prices.I went through the Statue of Liberty National Parks Service site and was forwarded to Statue City Cruises .There were 3 options-general admission, pedestal or crown access.General admission included a ferry ride, access to explore Ellis Island and Liberty Island.You can stay as long as you want until the last ferry .There was tight security for entering the statue for the pedestal or crown access.There were lockers to store all your belongings prior to entrance.No bags,food nor drinks.Rental was 25 cents per locker.There was a coin changer on site.Just bring quarters if you can. There were 196 steps to the top of the pedestal.Our small children did the steps with success! There was an elevator as an option which we used in going down.The pedestal was a little disappointing.It was a tight space .The best views and pictures were from the second level -the star level.We didn’t attempt the additional 162 steps to the crown with the young ones in tow.There was no back up elevator for the crown. It
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Katy
    Moray, United Kingdom471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    I had been looking forward to this since booking my holiday, it was a short ferry ride to Ellis island well worth the visit . Staff on the ferry very good with wheelchair users and disabled couldn’t fault them in any way . The Statue of Liberty is lovely. A must if your visiting. It’s all wheelchair accessible.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 July 2023
  • 123M
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view is on the ferry
    Caught the ferry on the Jersey side. Recommend leaving early like as soon as they start shuttling which is at 9. You are able to bring your own water and lunch which I suggest or spend money on over priced items. It does get hot so dress and pack accordingly. Gets really crowded around noon so expect a lot of foot traffic. If you’re taking toddlers keep them close because kids do get separated from the family because it’s so busy. The best view is from the ferry. Ellis Island is neat to see iconic because of its history but not too much to see, unless you buy into the tours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
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Irene Eng
New York City, New York1,692 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
It was known as Bedloe's Island in the past. The famous resident Lady Liberty - the Statue of Liberty (a gift from French) was designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), and the metal frame was done by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) ... yes, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was his work too.

The island is pleasant to walk. During our visit, the statue is closed for renovation. There are cafes and a museum - Statue of Liberty Museum was opened in 2019, is free to visit.
Written 24 April 2024
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Einomrah 1
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The statue is truly remarkable. Not only is it a symbol of our freedom but a reminder of what America stands for. As a bonus, you can’t beat the views. I spent about 3 hours walking the grounds and learning an in-depth history of this masterpiece. There’s also an eatery and fun shops on site that will delight all ages!
Written 20 April 2024
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MekkTekk
Vancouver55 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
This was my second time visiting the statue, first time taking my teens. It's a iconic and fun trip, especially given the price which is much cheaper than any other attraction in NYC. The sensation approaching the statue by boat is "inspiring". Nice views from base and pedestal and the free audio tour was a nice inclusion. There are some well done exhibits and a short history film included.

We went on a cloudy, wet day in late March and it was still busy but did not detract from our experience. With a pedestal reserve ticket, we were able to join a shorter line (line up, security and wait for ferry was ~40 minutes). Non-reserve line was huge and was probably and hour! Ferry was full but still lots of room to move. We only had to wait for 1 ferry each way (they depart every ~20 min)

On a busy summer day, wait times and crowds can be a night mare (like my first visit).
Written 20 April 2024
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Ramesh A
Kitty Hawk, NC18 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
This is a must-see place when it comes to New York City. You can catch a ferry to reach here either from Battery Park New York or from Jersey City Liberty State Park. If you are visiting just the liberty statue and Ellis Island, I would recommend catching a ferry from Liberty State Park. The parking is easy and you get less crowd from that side. If you plan to do the entire New York, then Battery Park will be a good option. However, the parking rates are very high. The tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the counter and watch out for a lot of people selling their tickets for a different ferry, don't fall for tricks. One thing to notice is if you are getting to the counter at around 2:00 p.m. then you can see only one island. Once you purchase the tickets, you go to the ferry onboarding, and based on the season, the lines could get longer. The ferry ride as such is wonderful, and you can get close-up views of the statue when you are in the ferry. Liberty Island is well maintained, and you can get nice pictures of the statue, the skyline of New York City, and beautiful views of the water. If you prefer the pedestal or crown access, you have to plan ahead and book the tickets in advance. There is always a park ranger on duty who gives an overview of the island if you are interested in knowing that history. There are restrooms well maintained. There are cafes to grab some quick bites. This is definitely one of the places I have visited more than 10 times, and I still love to go here.
Written 18 April 2024
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MCD
London, UK151 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
If you are in New York and have not visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before then it’s not to be missed.
We spent as much time on Ellis Island as we did on Liberty - fascinating history and stories.
Plenty of detailed reviews on here.

We went via Battery Park during holiday season so were a bit concerned about the ques mentioned on this forum. When we arrived, they were very, very long.
At 11.30am on a Friday they were probably 2+ hours.

However, if you have a ticket for the pedestal (or the crown) there is a much smaller que on the left which only takes about 20-30 minutes!! Pedestal tickets are only about 30cents more than general admission tickets so definitely get these even if you just want to go on the island. The saving in que time is enormous. You also get a clearer space on the pedestal to take pictures

NB If you want Crown tickets then you will need to book quite a while in advance.
Written 14 April 2024
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Joe D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent day out, good tour guide very informed about the history prompt schedule, felt the earthquake with the experience
Written 6 April 2024
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Sean C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My family of 5 (ages 13, 11 and 8) had a great time visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! We had a 9:00 departure, and we arrived :30 minutes early and line was already very long. We booked a Pedestal Tour so that allowed to get in a slightly shorter line but it was still long and I didn’t think we’d make the first boat. But the boats hold a lot of people and we made it on, and although it was crowded the boat ride is very short and never felt uncomfortable. The museum was very cool showing how the statue was built The Pedestal Tour was well worth it as we got incredible views of NYC, and you can see up inside the statue! We then hopped over to Ellis Island and our kids really enjoyed learning about the history of the immigrants. Overall we spent almost 3 hours between both and didn’t see the entire museums, so plan for plenty of time! This is a can’t miss experience with your family in NYC!
Written 4 April 2024
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MJB08
United Kingdom46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We pre-booked tickets for Liberty and Ellis islands including pre-booked tickets for Pedestal of the Statue. The queues were really long on arriving but the pre-booked definitely helped in getting further ahead. Really busy everywhere as to be expected. The boat trip was about 20 mins out to Liberty. Way back slightly longer as detours to Ellis. The pedestal tickets were definitely worth it for that extra view of Manhattan and some good photo close shots of the Statue.
About 200 steps up to the pedestal - there was a lift which fits 4 people per ride so the queue was long - but the steps are really easily done. The museum was interesting. The crown tickets were sold out months in advance but we didn’t feel like we’d missed out.
Written 3 April 2024
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CheshireColumbus
Cheshire, UK244 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
So, firstly, having visited the statue over 10 time, ITS AMAZING....A MUST SEE, SO DO IT! (Simple as)

HOWEVER....this year I felt compelled to write this review having seen LOADS of tourists getting ripped off by the 'Authorised Statue of liberty ticket sellers outside and on the way into battery park. PUT SIMPLY, THEY ARE TRYING TO EXTORT MONEY FROM TOURISTS.

I take a massive group each year to NYC (over 40) and I always use the NYC city pass. So the idea is, you buy the pass, select your attractions, book and time and date and bobs your uncle. This year I was walking in with my group and was stopped by one of the 'Authorised sellers' who informed me that the 'Ferry had been cancelled' for my time...BUT.....for just $7 more per person....they could get me on the next Ferry in 30 minutes. Now My response was simple.....The time is only a guided time.....So even If I missed 'my time' I could happily still use my ticked for the next 1 hour window (and I know this to be true) He then grabbed his manager who also SPAN me the same BULL, and then said.....Well you can go queue up and see if you get on....But 'IM TELLING YOU, YOU WONT GET ON'

Needless to say....Me and my group of 40....walked down to the security line and 25 minutes later....passed through secutity and on the 10am boat (with a 9am booking) exactly as I thought. Now, bare in mind, there is an OFFICIAL ticket office inside battery park, if you just want a ticket on the day, or buy a city pass if you are doing multple attractions.

TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE....... I was then down near battery park a few days later and thought I wonder if they would try the same thing again or was it just a one off? I asked the group to walk across and sure enough.... I was asked 'What was my booked time, so I said 10AM, and it was bang on 10am, SO the 'tout' said....you've missed it? And I said, its ok, I'll get on the 10:30am. He then span me, without checking, that 10:30am was sold out and the next one is 12:30pm.....HOWEVER.....For $7 more per person we could, by some mirical, get fast tracked on the 10:30am Ferry.....

HONESTLY......Please don't be tricked by these 'Touts' as they have nothing to do with the official attraction, but present as if they are part of it all. I stopped two other groups and told them to not pay and one poor group over-hearing my conversation slating the touts, were fuming as they paid an additional $15 per person to get fast tracked on a line, that had no fast track option.

I HAVE NEVER IN THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN TO THIS ATTRACTION SEEN THIS ACTION SO PROMINANT.

I hope this review helps some people and especially larger groups just walk by these clowns!
Written 3 April 2024
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LondonLad64
London, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
absolutely amazing views from the crown well worth a visit, the only downside is the queuing up for the ferry to the island that can take over a hour.
Written 3 April 2024
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