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.
Liberty Island is always filled with people! It is such a majestic monument up close (thank you France!). The cruise towards liberty island gives good views of the statue in all directions before getting off the ferry. There were fighter planes doing some drills and it added to the excitement of seeing the lower Manhattan skyline. It is quite difficult to get photos without other people in it, but they are nice enough to give you some space (literally) to take pictures with the Manhattan skyline in the background. There is a gift shop there too. It is a wonderful place to spend a summer day. As tickets were sold out, we weren't able to go up to the pedestal or crown. It is best to book tickets a few weeks in advance to the pedestal, whereas for tickets to the crown, you'll have to book months in advance, depending on the time of year. A good part about the cruise is that you have the option of going to either NY or back to NJ from Liberty island.
Sameer Kumar Annamdevara
One of the best place to visit in NY. Very good place to take pics with NY view. Its interesting to know the history of the statue and its importance. Its a great statue with lot of meaning. They have a decent food court but if you want to take your own food you can. Lot of place to sit and relax. There is a souvenir store too. You can also get tickets for guided tour in different languages. Overall it's good and best place to visit in NY. Don't miss it :)
I love it. It's always crowded and tickets to the crown are usually sold out in the morning, if you order online it might be sold out even 2 weeks before you go. You may find the gift shop with a big selection of goods with the Stature of Liberty. I recommend to try lemonade outside. It's very refreshing. Ice Cream was also good. There are a few restaurants outside and street food.
Highly recommend! This is very cool experience and a wonderful family activity. We purchased tickets to visit the "crown" and it had a great view of NYC. It was amazing to see all different kinds of people enjoying the Statue. Please know that when you purchase tickets for the ferry and Statue, you get a free ferry ride to Ellis Island. The ferry goes in a loop (Liberty Island, Ellis Island, then back to the harbor). Check the website if I'm confusing you🙂. Anyway, Ellis Island has the National Museum for Immigration and it was a hidden gem! The museum is free after you purchase Statue of Liberty tickets, and offers free audio tours. Both of the Islands were clean, well managed, and pleasant. It was the perfect day trip and is great for families.
Liberty statue itself is a good place to visit. However statue ferry taking everyone to the island is very unorganized. Everyone rushes in and rushes out. At the island they charge additional $2 for a locker as no backpack or anything other than a small purse is allowed on the pedestal. Seems lots of extra spending here and there to look at a gift from France! The top of the pedestal has very narrow space. However climbing down the pedestal gives a good view of the statue. If one need to see the statue they are better off visiting the grounds alone. Pedestal is only for getting a better view of Manhattan which of course could also be viewed from the grounds of liberty statue.