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.
You must reserve a Crown ticket! The pedestal view is nice but the crown is so neat. The tickets sell out quick. Plan on purchasing tickets at least 2 months in advance. Preferably more if you can. I reserved my tickets 2 months in advance and all the weekends and Fridays were taken for the entire month! So I settled for a Thursday afternoon. The pedestal has plenty of space for good photos so you should have no trouble obtaining a great picture. There are a lot of stairs to climb but if you want to wait you can take the elevator up to the pedestal. The crown is a different story. It's a small winding staircase that seems to go on forever. But it's all worth it for the amazing view and having the bragging rights of making it to the top :-) Enjoy!
They say that when you are able to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York, you are one of the luckiest people to have seen such an amazing place! One of the most exciting parts of the tour before you go to Lady Liberty statue is the boat trip to Ellis Island. You will see how beautiful and diverse the American nation is. After touring, we felt hungry and we are so pleased that there is a restaurant in the place. It is a very pleasant recreational and educational experience for me and my husband as we are Asians. We took a lot of very beautiful photos too! :)
Had a fantastic trip yesterday to the statue! Book your tickets well in advance if you want to go to the crown. It wasn't too crowded and we were able to enjoy a bite to eat and some time with the pretty lady. Staff was friendly and kept the boarding process moving quickly. Excellent experience. Expect to spend a good 3-4 hours between the statue and Ellis Island. *Tourist beware of the dance crew that may be there when you get off the boat. If they pick u to come and be in the jumping finale, they'll all but expect a $20 "donation" from you in front of the entire crowd*
Perfect day. Everyone we came in contact with were extremely helpful especially the guys at the lift and on the boat. They all went out of their way to make sure he didn't have to wait in line as there were long queues to board the boat and told us were to stand so we could board first. The guys at the lift to the pedestal were the same. The food on Liberty Island was great, lots of fresh sandwiches and salad and great choices for hot food. Queue was long but moved extremely fast. Views from the pedestal and crown are amazing but the 162 steps to the crown was hard going but I made it. There are a few places on the way up to stand out of the way so other people can pass, thank goodness. ... The views looking back from the boat are amazing, plenty of room on the boat and lots of places to sit.
The crown tickets are sold out months before. Book your tickets well in advance for pedestal/crown access. The ferry to the island starts from both New York and New Jersey. If the pedestal access tickets are sold out New York, try checking it from New Jersey. The prices are same for the island and pedestal access. One can start from New Jersey and end at New York. Its a must see if you are tourist. The whole history of liberty statue is explained well in the audio device you get at the entrance (price included in the ticket). Beware of the agents and book your tickets from official website.