Statue of Liberty National Monument
"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
We had a wonderful experience here - from the stunning views to the helpful and friendly rangers/employees on the island. We booked a tour of the crown ahead of time and were able to get up there and enjoy the unique views, and while it was a small space, the two rangers there were very kind and knowledgeable. They even took pictures of us! Very positive experience overall at this symbol of our National pride and the symbol of immigration to the east coast by hundreds of thousands. Beautiful spot, well maintained, and we look forward to visiting again.
While the Statue of Liberty is a must see landmark in New York, the whole process of visiting it may not be worth the bother, unless you are also including the Ellis Island museum in your plans. Even during off season, the line for the security check at the ferry terminal is very long, and together with the wait for the boat, will eat up a lot of your day. Also, if you want to visit inside the statue, you need to make a reservation, and then go through another security check. If all you want to do is have a look at Lady Liberty, you can do it from Battery park. But if you plan on going to Ellis Island as well, it's worth the trip - do make sure to get tickets that include a pedestal and corona visit.
My wife wanted to be in the crown of the Statue of Liberty on her birthday. We decided to walk up the entire way. We were told that it was the equivalent of a 20 story building. It was well worth the extra effort to walk the entire thing. If you are going to do a crown tour, you need to book well in advance. You cannot buy crown tickets at the check in point. There is a reason that you are not permitted to bring bags and backpacks, and are limited to one camera per person. The spiral staircase going up to the crown is extremely tight and the steps are taller than normal. It's a really tight spiral! It is an amazing journey that you will not forget. When you reach the top you will be rewarded with an amazing view, and an amazing experience knowing that you are at the top of the Statue of Liberty! We went in February, and the outside temperature was 25°F. The temperature inside the crown was 70°F! I asked one of the attendants how hot it gets in summer and she said she has seen it reach 110°F! Therefore, I highly recommend doing this in the winter time. As an added bonus, crowds should be slightly smaller when it's freezing outside. :-)
This is an absolute must-see if touring NY. Plan ahead and purchase tickets we'll in advance. If you can get a ticket, crown access is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our family went in January which is an excellent time to go as far as the crowds go. The US Park Service and staff do an excellent job keeping the grounds pristine with a friendly and helpful attitude. They take pride in their work and it shows. If you have crown or pedestal access then bring a few single dollars to rent a locker for your bag. They won't let you bring any backpacks, purses, or other items of that sort into the secured areas.
This is a great experience to learn about the history of the monument. There are a lot of great photo ops. You can take your time. The people are all really friendly. The grounds are clean and well maintained. The line to board the boats are horrible though. From the time to buy the ticket to boarding the boat took about 2h.