statue of liberty tours

Statue of Liberty Tours

  • Feel the splendor of Lady Liberty as you walk in the shadow cast by her 151-foot tall figure.
  • Learn about the experience of over 12 million immigrants who entered the United States through the now quiet halls of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Explore the grounds of Liberty and Ellis Islands and enjoy an audio tour for both islands, included with CityPASS.

Location

STATUE OF LIBERTY & ELLIS ISLAND
Battery Park
New York, NY 10004

Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305
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Contact

Hours

Box office open daily, 7:45am-4:30pm.
Boats depart every 30-45 minutes. First boat departs at 8:30am from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day and 9:30am the rest of the year. Please check daily ferry schedule here.
Closed Christmas Day.

(877) 523-9849
statuecruises.com

Offers/Upgrades

Crown Ticket: Crown access is not included with CityPASS admission. Crown Tickets are available by advance reservation only directly from statuecruises.com or by phone at (201) 604-2800. Crown Tickets often sell out well in advance. The climb to the crown is strenuous; there are 393 steps from the main lobby to the crown and there is no air conditioning. There is a maximum of four crown reservations allowed per order. Visitors must be at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall to visit the crown. Read more about Crown Tickets here. If you do buy a Crown Ticket for your travel date, you may use your CityPASS option ticket for a 2-hour Circle Line Cruise.

Monument Access: Monument Access includes admission to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. CityPASS does not include monument access; however, a limited number of monument passes will be available each day at no additional charge on a first-come, first served basis from the Statue Cruises ticket office. CityPASS holders are eligible to receive these monument passes, based on availability. Alternatively, you can purchase a reserve ticket with monument access directly from statuecruises.com or by phone at (201) 604-2800. Read more about Monument Access here. If you do buy Monument Access for your travel date, you may use your CityPASS option ticket for a 2-hour Circle Line Cruise.

Advice for Visitors – Statue of Liberty

Tips:

  • Allow at least 2 hours to visit one island and 5 hours to visit both islands.
  • Expect to pass through airport-level security prior to boarding the ferry. Normal wait time to enter the screening facility is generally 30 minutes or more at Battery Park (NY) and 15 minutes at Liberty State Park (NJ). Wait times are less during autumn and winter months.
  • Avoid longer wait times by arriving at Battery Park before 11am or after 2pm or boarding from Liberty State Park, in New Jersey.
  • Guests who depart after 2pm will only be able to visit either Liberty Island or Ellis Island because there will not be time to visit both landmarks.

Amenities:

  • Dining: Snack bars are available on all boats. Liberty Island has multiple food options. You may bring a picnic lunch, but large coolers are not allowed past security and no food or beverages are allowed within the Statue of Liberty.
  • Gift Shops: Souvenirs available for purchase.

Accessibility: All vessels and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

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Statue of Liberty Facts & History

Statue of Liberty Facts and History
  • Official dedication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty were held on Thursday, October 28, 1886. President Grover Cleveland accepted the Statue on behalf of the United States.
  • The Statue of Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
  • The Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the flame, and is as tall as a 22-story building. In 1886, it was the tallest structure in New York City.
  • Winds of 50 miles per hour cause the Statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.
  • The seven rays of the Statue’s crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds.
  • There are 25 windows in the crown, which symbolize gemstones and the heaven’s rays shining over the world.
  • The Statue’s original torch was the first part constructed in 1876. In 1984 it was replaced by a new copper torch covered in thin sheets of 24 karat gold leaf. Sunlight reflects off the gold during the day and 16 floodlights light the torch by reflection at night. The original torch is currently located in the lobby of the monument. Access to the torch has been closed since 1916.
  • Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds).
  • There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty.
  • A tablet held in her left hand measures 23 feet, 7 inches tall and 13 feet 7 inches wide. It is inscribed with the date of American Independence written in Roman numerals – JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).
  • The Statue has a 35-foot waistline.
  • Chains and a broken shackle lie at the Statue’s feet, which symbolize the Statue as a woman free from oppression and servitude.
  • The total weight of the Statue’s concrete foundation is 54 million pounds (27,000 tons).
  • The statue is covered in 300 sheets of copper, 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies), hammered into different shapes and riveted together. The light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper.
  • The French ship “Isere” transported the Statue of Liberty’s 300 copper pieces packed in 214 crates to America. Although the ship nearly sank in rough seas, it arrived in New York on June 17, 1885. The Statue’s parts remained unassembled for nearly a year until the pedestal was completed in 1886.

Statue of Liberty Measurements:

  • Height from base to torch: 151’1″
  • Pedestal foundation to tip of torch: 305’1″
  • Heel to top of head: 111’1″
  • Length of hand: 16’5″
  • Index finger: 8′
  • Head from chin to cranium: 17’3″
  • Width of head: 10′
  • Distance across the eyes: 2’6″
  • Length of nose: 4’6″
  • Length of right arm: 42′
  • Width of right arm: 12′
  • Length of sandal: 25’ (U.S. women’s shoe size: 879)
  • Width of waist: 35′
  • Width of mouth: 3’
  • Length of tablet: 23’7″
  • Width of tablet: 13’7″
  • Thickness of tablet: 2’
  • Ground to top of pedestal: 154’

Statue of Liberty History
“La Liberté Éclairant le Monde” or “Liberty Enlightening the World” is the official name given to the Statue the Liberty by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and is a symbol of freedom to the entire world. In recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution, French statesman and writer Edouard de Laboulaye proposed presenting a monument to America as a gift from the people of France. The statue was a joint effort between the two countries – Americans would build the pedestal and the French would build the statue – in honor of the centennial of the Declaration of Independence.

Bartholdi was commissioned to design the sculpture, which he modeled after his mother, Charlotte. Gustave Eiffel, who would later design the Eiffel Tower, designed Lady Liberty’s skeleton – four huge iron columns that support a metal framework holding the thin copper skin. Bartholdi chose copper because it was attractive, yet durable enough to withstand the long voyage, and virtually impervious to the salt-laden air of the New York Harbor. Bartholdi began by creating the statue’s right arm and torch, which were exhibited at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876. In 1877, the 42-foot-high sculpture was placed in Madison Square Park at Madison Avenue and 23rd Street to raise funds for the construction of the Statue of Liberty‘s pedestal. The arm and torch remained in the park for seven years.

In France, the completed head and shoulders of the statue were publicly displayed to encourage donations. Various forms of entertainment and lotteries were among the many methods used to raise money. In the United States, in addition to the right arm and torch being displayed to inspire generosity, the American Committee for the statue solicited contributions, and used art and theater benefits, auctions, and prize fights to help fund the project. But it was the efforts of politician and newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer (of the Pulitzer Prize) that generated the most money; Pulitzer used his newspaper, “The World,” to criticize the wealthy, who had not stepped up to the plate to assist in financing the pedestal construction, as well as the middle class, who relied upon the wealthy. His tactic worked and Americans were moved to donate more than $100,000. The financing of the pedestal was completed in August 1885 and construction was finished in April 1886.

Meanwhile, the Statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York in June of 1885 in over 300 pieces, packed in 214 crates. The re-assembly took four months and the Statue was placed upon a granite pedestal on Bedloe’s Island, renamed Liberty Island in 1956. On October 28th, 1886, a decade after the centennial, President Grover Cleveland unveiled and dedicated the Statue of Liberty to thousands of spectators. In 1903, Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” – “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” – was inscribed on a bronze tablet laid in the statue’s pedestal.


Location and Directions to the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty Ferry departs from Battery Park on the southern tip of Lower Manhattan.

Subway:

  • 1 to South Ferry
  • 4, 5 to Bowling Green
  • R to Whitehall Street

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Statue Of Liberty Ferry

Ferries provide transportation to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island (site of the Statue Of Liberty). One ferry ticket provides access to both islands. Statue Cruises is the official ferry service provider. Purchasing tickets through vendors other than Statue Cruises may result in unnecessary additional charges. All private vessels are prohibited from docking on either island.

The National Park Service recommends purchasing tickets prior to the day of your visit. You may use one of these methods to reserve tickets:

TICKET OPTIONS AND FEES

Children
Under 4
Children
4-12 Years
Adults
13+
Senior
62+
FERRY FEE: $0 $9 $18 $14
RANGER TOURS: Included Included Included Included
AUDIO TOURS: Included Included Included Included
HOSPITAL TOURS: * Restricted Restricted + $25 + $25
PEDESTAL ACCESS: ** + $0 + $0 + $0 + $0
CROWN ACCESS: *** Restricted + $3 + $3 + $3

* Hard Hat tours of the hospitals on the South Side of Ellis Island are open only to visitors over the age of 13. Tickets for the South Side Hard Hat tours are subject to availability.
** There is no extra fee for pedestal access on Liberty Island. Reservations are recommended. Pedestal tickets are subject to availability.
*** The fee for crown access on Liberty Island is in addition to the ferry fee. Reservations are required. Pedestal access is included. Crown tickets are subject to availability.

NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS PASSES
These passes provide free access to national parks and national wildlife refuges that charge entrance fees. These passes do not apply at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which does not charge an entrance fee. The cost of the ferry ticket is not an entrance fee — there is no charge to visit the museum on Ellis Island or the grounds of Liberty Island.

Learn more about the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.

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Getting The Statue of Liberty Tickets

When you visit New York City and want to visit the Statue of Liberty , there may be many places where you can get the tickets. However, there is only one official location for Statue of Liberty tickets and that is at Statue Cruises. This is the official ticketing center for visits to both the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty itself. In order to reach both of these locations you have to take a ferry ride, which is why having the tickets in advance is of utmost importance.

There are two locations from which you can depart on this cruise – New Jersey and New York. The cruise leaves from Battery Park in New Jersey and from Liberty State Park in New York. There are several types of tickets that you can purchase at both locations:

– Reserve Ticket. This gives you access to both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty including the grounds around both monuments. If you want an audio tour, this will cost an additional fee. With the reserve ticket, you have priority entry into the security area, which will save you some time.

– Reserve Ticket With Monument Pass. This type of ticket will allow you inside both monuments. At the Statue of Liberty, you can go inside the pedestal and see what the interior of the statue looks like. In addition, you have a 360?panoramic view of Fort Wood. Audio tours are also available inside for an extra charge. Even though you do have priority entrance to the secure area prior to leaving on the cruise, there is also a second screening before you enter the structure.

– Flex Ticket. This will give you access to the grounds only of both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, with the additional option of paying for an audio tour. You can only use this ticket once and it is only valid for three days from the date of purchase. You do need to arrive early to ensure that you will get to take the cruise.

It is important to be aware of the ferry schedule for these tours so that you won’t have to wait in a long line or miss your scheduled trip. Depending on which cruise you choose, you also have to allow for specific period of time. If you want to see both monuments and spend time exploring the interiors, you should allow for a full day. The tour itself takes about 5.5 hours and this does not include the time you spend at the terminal in the park or the length of time it takes you to reach the terminal.

There are concession stands at both locations where you can purchase food and rink for the duration of your visit. Many visitors, however, choose to bring a packed lunch with them because of the long lines of people at these concession stands. Since these cruises operate all year long with the exception of Christmas Day, you should dress for the season and the weather.

For more information on the Statue of Liberty,where to get Statue of Liberty tickets and everything you need to know about a Statue of Liberty see visit http://www.VisitLiberty.com

Visiting The Great Monument – ” The Statue Of Liberty”

Statue of Liberty is one of the best holiday attractions in the world. You can easily visit this place while visiting New York or New Jersey. There are plenty of tips that you must follow in order to visit this great monument. I am pretty convinced that you will be able to make the most out of your trip by following the below mentioned tips. You must pay proper attention towards the points given below carefully.

Book the Tickets well in Advance
You got to ensure that you book your tickets well in advance. You should avoid going for last minute bookings as they are not just expensive but quite difficult to get as well.

Avoid the peak seasons
You should avoid visiting New York during the peak season as this is the busiest time to visit. You must avoid weekends as well as they are crowded too.

Safety Checks
You should always be prepared for safety checks which are just like airport style. You need to pack all the clothes efficiently so that no issues bother you later on.

Bring a Picnic
You need to ensure that you pack in essential items only. If you are planning to enjoy a picnic with your family then you need to ensure that you plan everything beforehand.

Have some free time
Another crucial thing that you must do is to ensure that you have some free time to enjoy the day to the fullest. You need to be very careful while planning your trip. Make sure you have ample amount of time for visiting Statue of Liberty.

Pack essentials for all kinds of weather conditions
You must reassure that you pack essential clothes and accessories for all kinds of weather conditions. You need to visit this great monument with your entire family. Therefore, you need to plan your travel well in advance by getting in touch with a suitable travel agent.

So, this was all that you should know about the beautiful Statue of Liberty If you want to know anything more about the history of this place then you can consider hiring a guide. He would surely offer you great help in regard to this topic. For any other information you can surf the net and plan your trip. With the right help and guidance you can definitely check out some fine options in this regard. Enjoy a lot during the trip!

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$277 Million was Spent to Save the Statue of Liberty From Rust!

Statue of Liberty – In an article in The Times on 11th April 2015, it was highlighted that $277 million was spent on trying to remove the rust. No matter how you look at it. $277 million is a lot of money; I wonder how and why an all-American (albeit French) icon was left to get into such a state in the first place?

My first question is why was the rust allowed to build and break down such an iconic structure to a point where its renovation cost as much as $277 million?!

‘There were cracks in her left eye, in her lip, in her nose and in her chin, she had a big stain on the front of her neck, almost like a drool. She had rust boogers’ wrote Jonathan Waldram in his book ‘Rust: The Longest War’.

A sorry state indeed for America’s First Lady, especially since her construction in the 1800s was such an epic undertaking in the first place.

Construction on a massive scale

Just to hold the 46m high statue upright requires a pedestal the height of a 30 storey office block. It was (and perhaps still is) the biggest concrete structure in the world. Over 240 men worked over a gruelling winter to complete it. The unusual shape makes safety scaffolding impossible so the construction was as difficult as it was dangerous. 300 copper pieces were fitted with more than 300,000 rivets to the skeleton; her robes consist of over 3,360 square metres of copper. Her outstretched arm is 12.8 m long and just one fingernail weighs over one and a half kilos.

The sheer blood, sweat and (maybe) tears that went into the construction makes me wonder why no cleaning & restoration regime was put in place from the start. I suppose this wasn’t high on the list of priorities for her creators. The statue has been subject to various renovation projects over the years, the most recent of which was in 2013.

What needs to be done going forward to preserve such an important American icon?

I’m not American so maybe I shouldn’t really care! On the other hand I can’t help but think this could have been prevented through some form of rust management or inspection programme. Reading around the subject there have been some claims that layers and layers of paint helped to conceal the corrosion. Not to mention the plethors of structural problems that have plagued her since she was erected in the late 1880s.

I hope that the Statue of Liberty now receives the care and façade maintenance she needs to live for another 100 years and beyond.

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Statue of Liberty Hours

Statue of Liberty Hours

Liberty Island is open every day except December 25. Weather can influence the ability of the ferries to run, so check our Twitter feed in the event of inclement weather.

To enjoy both Ellis and Liberty Islands with ample time, plan to be on a Statue Cruises Ferry that departs from Battery Park or Liberty State Park before 1:00 P.M.

BOAT SCHEDULE THROUGH NOVEMBER 20, 2015 – Statue of Liberty

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Liberty Island
9:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:00 P.M. **

BOAT SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 21, 2015 THROUGH NOVEMBER 29, 2015

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Liberty Island
8:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:00 P.M. **

BOAT SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 30, 2015 THROUGH DECEMBER 18, 2015

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Liberty Island
9:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:00 P.M. **

BOAT SCHEDULE DECEMBER 19, 2015 THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2016

(Closed December 25, 2015) – Statue of Liberty

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Liberty Island
8:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. *^ 5:00 P.M. **

* The 3:30 departure from Battery Park will not stop at Ellis Island. Visitors on the 3:30 departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the 3:30 departure from Liberty State Park will have the choice of visiting either Liberty Island or Ellis Island, but not both.
** Ellis Island begins closing 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

^December 24, 2014: Final boat departing the Mainland is at 1:30 PM, closing ferry departs the island at 3:15 PM. Visitors on the 1:30 departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the 1:30 PM departure from Liberty State Park will have the choice of visiting either Liberty Island or Ellis Island, but not both.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

  • Liberty Island is open every day except December 25.
  • Visit the Fees and Passes section for ticket prices.
  • When arriving, please allow for time to pass through security.
  • The last entrance into the monument for Crown and Pedestal ticket holders is 4:00 PM. After that time, access on Liberty Island is limited to the Grounds Only.
  • Ferry schedules are listed on the Statue Cruises website or at the Information Center on Liberty Island.
  • Wait times to board any ferry can be over 90 minutes during peak months (April – September) and holidays. It is essential to factor in extra time for security clearance, ferry boarding and ferry transportation when planning your trip.
  • For additional information, please contact the park.

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