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.
One of the most iconic places in the world. As soon as you get off the freeway and make your way to the ferry, catching glimpses of her through the trees, it's hard not to get excited. As a sign of the times, you are required to go through security before you get on the boat, similar to an airport. Once you get on the ferry, it's a leisurely 10 minute ride to Ellis Island. We opted to stay in the ferry and waited for them to take us to Liberty Island. When you arrive, the docks are crowded, but make your way to the outer walkway to catch your breath. It's impossible not to take your phone out to snap some photos. All around you will be people from all races and backgrounds. Put aside any reservations or qualms you may have and enjoy the sense of togetherness and freedom that the Statue represents.
We were so excited for our chance to see the Statue of Liberty! It's incredible to see in person. However be warned that the pedestal tours sell out quickly in the morning. Also, the crown tours are available to book online but they were sold out about two months in advance. The wait times to get on and off the ferry were awful. We probably stood in line for at least two hours of our time spent here. If I could do it again I wouldn't go to the island if I didn't have a tour booked. We could only walk around the outside of the statue anyway. You get a great vantage point from the ferries that circle the statue. If you stop to see the statue be prepared to spend the bulk of your day at their.
Words cannot describe seeing this in person. Think about how many sets of eyes have been laid upon this powerful monument and you'll truly realize how large Lady Liberty's presence is for you and your country. I could go on and on about my trip to the island but you definitely need to see it for yourself to appreciate it. God bless the USA!
Cannot actually go into the statute of liberty unless you've booked well in advance. If you just want some nice photos and a good view. Get a ferry ride that simply passes the place. Nice way to see it if you don't plan on stopping and taking the time to walk around
Very fun place. The boats are very nice that bring you too the statue of liberty! However the prices are a little high but that is what you would expect on a national landmark! I do wish that there are more outlets to charge your phone but it's not that big of a deal. Definitely worth your time to climb tat statue of liberty!