The Statue of Liberty is open; work continues on Ellis Island
Liberty Island has reopened, including the Statue. Tickets are available through Statue Cruises, with limited tickets to the pedestal and crown. The park will now focus on restoring Ellis Island, making it safe so that it may reopen as soon as possible.
Liberty Enlightening the World (official name) was a gift of the French people to mark the 100th birthday of the USA in 1886. Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi devoted 21 years to this colossus. Gustave Eiffel, best known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, created the structural framework. The Statue of Liberty is 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from pedestal base to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds. The seven rays of her crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents. The book in the statue’s right hand is inscribed July 4, 1776 in Latin. Her torch, replaced during the 1986 restoration, has a 24-carat gold-leaf coated flame. She has become an enduring symbol of freedom and was immortalized by the Emma Lazarus poem: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Location: Liberty Island, New York Harbor (Lower Manhattan)
Telephone: 1(212) 363-3200 (National Park Service),
1(877) LADY TIX (1(877) 523-9849) (ferry information and to make reservations for a FREE Monument Pass.)
Bus: M1, M6, M9, M15
Subway: (Click a subway icon for more attractions accessible along that line)
PATH: to Exchange Place. Walk across the street to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Take train heading to Bayonne. Exit at Liberty State Park, then board shuttle bus to ferry.
Ferry: Statue of Liberty/Elis Island Ferry – From Battery Park, Manhattan and from Liberty State Park, New Jersey; every 30 to 45 minutes beginning at 9:00am. (ferry schedule subject to change) Crossing from Manhattan, takes approximately 15 minutes. Purchase tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, or ticket office in Liberty State Park.
Admission: No admission fee. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Ferry fees: Adults (13+): $12.00* Seniors (62+): $10.00* Children (4-12): $5.00* Children 3 and under: FREE. *There is an additional fee of $3 for the Crown Ticket.
Guests with Crown Access Tickets must be able to climb 354 steps to reach the crown of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
For the online ferry schedule and to make reservations: visit www.statuecruises.com. Ferries depart from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Hours: 9:00am – 6:15pm. Closed December 25. From Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend, the final Monument Entry will be at 4:30pm. All other times, Monument entry will cease at 3:30pm.
Visitors to the Statue of Liberty must pass through primary security screening (similar to airport security procedures) before boarding the ferry. As part of security procedures at the park, it is recommended that you include ample time and maintain a flexible schedule to include security screening and boarding the ferry. Please keep in mind that during peak seasons, wait times can be several hours.
Reservations and Monument Access:
For visitors planning to enter the Monument, a mandatory secondary screening is necessary and visitors must be in possession of a ticket that states Monument Access. The Monument Access reservation system enables holders to visit the museum gallery and pedestal observation levels.
Monument Access is available at no cost with the purchase of a ferry ticket from Statue Cruises. An easy way to receive yours is by purchasing a RESERVED TICKET and selecting the Monument Access Pass option. The RESERVED TICKET option is strongly recommended for visits planned on weekends, during holiday periods and daily from MAY through SEPTEMBER as visitation is quite high.
If you are uncertain as to when you will visit, Statue Cruises offers a FLEX 3 DAY TICKET option. THIS OPTION WILL NOT INCLUDE MONUMENT ACCESS. However, a limited number of Monument Access Passes are available daily at the ferry ticket booths. FLEX 3 DAY TICKET holders, may upon arrival, visit the ticket booth to request a MONUMENT ACCESS PASS, but are not guaranteed to receive one. These passes are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. MONUMENT ACCESS PASSES are not available at Liberty or Ellis Island.
All visitors regardless of their selected ticket option are permitted to visit the Liberty Island grounds and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
You may select the ticket option that meets your need online at www.statuecruises.com or calling 1(877) LADY-TIX (1(877) 523-9849).
Get a Reserve Ticket if you know the date and time you d like to visit.
The Reserve Ticket gives you a specific day and time to arrive at the security screening zone and will reduce the amount of time you wait in line.
From Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend, the final Monument Entry will be at 4:30pm. All other times, Monument entry will cease at 3:30pm.
Once you select the day and time of your trip, consider adding the Audio Tour for the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. There are tours for each island included and both give you rich and in-depth information about the history and significance of the islands. The audio tour includes both islands and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. The audio tour is available for $6. You can purchase your audio tour with your ticket, or you can add it at the box office window. The audio tour is only available as a package. You may not purchase the audio tour for only one island.
Statue of Liberty Monument Access Pass
This time pass is your reservation to enter the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Times printed on the pass indicate the hours during which you may enter the monument. Visitors must climb 24 steps to reach the observation deck. Entry with Monument Access Pass includes:
- Park Ranger talks in the museum and on the observation deck atop the pedestal.
- Self-guided viewing of exhibits in the Statue of Liberty Museum.
- Observation deck views of New York Harbor
- View the statue s interior through several glass ceiling windows
Reserving Tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty’s crown
VISITOR ADVISORY: The only way to reach the Crown is to climb up and down 354 steps unassisted.Crown reservations may be made through the Statue Cruises Web site at www.statuecruises.com or by phone at 1(877) LADY-TIX 1(877) 523-9849. Crown tickets may be reserved up to 1 year in advance.For more information: please visit Reserving Tickets to visit the Crown
Prohibited Items at the Park:
All weapons, including firearms, knives, mace etc., any dangerous items, and any “dual-use” items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited in the park and on the ferry. Do not carry any of these type items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated will not be returned. If you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it.
Large* packages, backpacks, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other large parcels will not be permitted on the ferry or at Liberty and Ellis Islands. *(Anything that cannot fit into a standard plastic milk crate).
Visitors and their belongings are subject to inspection. The National Park Service appreciates your patience and understanding of these procedures and the additional time that may be required.
Please note that there are no locker storage facilities at the ferry terminals. Lockers, for small items, are available at Liberty Island only. There are no locker facilities at Ellis Island. Backpacks, strollers, parcels etc. will not be allowed inside the monument. (cameras, handbags, and small personal items are exempt). While at the park, please keep all items with you at all times. Please keep in mind that there is no eating, drinking, or smoking inside the National Monument. Please use designated areas for eating and drinking. Smoking is permitted only outdoors.
Advisory: Allow at least 2 hours for Liberty Island. Allow 4 hours for visiting both Liberty Island & Ellis Island. Plan your visit as early as possible to avoid crowds and long waits at Battery Park (especially during the summer months).
Best Photo Opts: Sit on the right side of the ferry going, the left side coming back to Manhattan. Best Lighting Conditions: Morning light will be on the face of the statue.
Facilities, including elevators, rest rooms, and the top promenade level, are accessible to visitors with disabilities. No eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum in the monument. Camping is not permitted on the island. No pets are allowed.
Staten Island Ferry:. Free cruise of New York Harbor. You’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, pass Ellis Island, Liberty Island, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and Robins Reef Lighthouse. Allow a minimum of 1 hour for the round-trip. Ferries leave South Ferry in Manhattan and St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island on the hour and half hour. The Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan skyline, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are all lit up at night. Click here for more information.
Nearby Places of Interest:
1. Ellis Island
2. Battery Park
3. Staten Island Ferry
4. Customs House (Museum of American Indian}
5. Museum of Jewish Heritage
6. Ground Zero
7. Trinity Church
8. Wall Street Financial District
9. Federal Hall with George Washington Statue on steps
10. New York Stock Exchange