“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with unalienable Rights… Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – U.S Declaration of Independence (1776)
Liberty has been an aspirational cornerstone of the United States of America since its founding in 1776.
And there is no greater or more iconic symbol of this than the Statue of Liberty, a neoclassical colossus rising 305 feet (93 m) above the waters of New York Harbor.
Gifted to the U.S. by the republic of France in 1886, and coated with a layer of copper that has bloomed a beautiful patina of green most worthy of the sea, Lady Liberty has served, and continues to serve, as a beacon of hope and personal prosperity for generations of immigrants hailing from all corners of the globe.
Visiting Lady Liberty
Catch a ferry over to Liberty Island, where you can walk around the statue’s base, head up to its pedestal to take in the view and, if you’re lucky enough to get a coveted ticket in advance, you can head up to crown for stellar views of Manhattan and beyond.
If you plan to visit New York City during the summer or on a holiday, you should purchase your tickets months in advance as crown access tickets often sell out six months in advance for summer days and holidays.
- Statue Cruise Ferry: $18.50
- Crown Access: $3
- Tickets are purchasable online in advance.
- Statue Cruises is the only authorized seller of tickets to Liberty Island, so don’t buy tickets from anyone or anywhere else
- Statue Cruises’s ferries depart from Battery Park every 20 – 35 minutes from 8:30am to 5pm
- The ferry crossing to Liberty Island takes 25 minutes
Free audio Tours are available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish
- Don’t bring anything that you wouldn’t bring to a U.S. airport, because you’ll have to go through security screenings both before you can board the ferry and before you can go inside the statue.
- If you bring a backpack or food or drinks to the island, you must put them in a locker ($2 fee) before you can access the pedestal or the crown.
- Bowling Green (4,5), plus 2 block walk
- South Ferry (1,2), plus 3 block walk
- Whitehall St (N,R,W), plus 3 block walk
Photo: Ana Paula Hirama