Statue Of Liberty National Monument
Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986. Liberty Island is federal property located within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York.
A ferry ticket is all you need to visit the Liberty Island grounds and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Pedestal Tickets: To enter the base of the statue, you must obtain a free Pedestal Ticket. This ticket allows you to go inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, view the museum exhibit, look up into the interior structure of the statue, and take in the sweeping 360-degree views from the pedestal observation deck. Pedestal Tickets may be obtained at the time you purchase your reserve ferry ticket. Availability of Pedestal Tickets is limited, so it's best to make a reservation in advance. A limited number of Pedestal Tickets are also available each day at the ticket booth at Battery Park or Liberty State Park by request on a first-come, first-served basis. Pedestal Tickets are not needed to visit the Liberty Island grounds or the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Crown Tickets: To enter the statue itself, including the crown area inside the statue's head, you must purchase a Crown Ticket well in advance of your visit. This ticket also includes full access to the pedestal, museum, and observation deck. During busy periods, Crown Tickets must be booked at least two to three months in advance, at the time you purchase your reserve ferry ticket.
Ranger-led Tours: Visitors can choose between two different tour programs to learn more about the statue. For those inside the monument, a ranger-guided tour takes visitors through the lobby, past the original torch and through the Statue of Liberty museum exhibit. Outdoor tours are also available to all visitors who wish to explore the statue's history, construction and meaning.
Audio Tours: Customizable self-guided audio tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are available for adults and children.
Weather can vary greatly in New York City area, including NY Harbor. Temperature ranges from 0 degrees in winter to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer with high levels of humidity.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation Inc. has been an instrumental partner in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.(212) 561-4588
The Evelyn Hill company operates the Crown Cafe and a gift shop on Liberty Island.(212) 363-3180
The Statue of Liberty is located in New York Harbor and is accessible only by ferry. Ferries leave from Battery Park in lower Manhattan in New York City and from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.
Battery Park, NY by car: Take the East Side Drive (FDR Drive) south to Battery Park and State Street or the West Side Highway/West Street/Route 9A south to Battery Place. Designated parking is not available. Privately operated parking lots are located along West Street and South Street (beneath the FDR Drive) and can be expensive. Because parking is limited, it is best to arrive early or, better yet, to take public transportation.
Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ by car: Take the New Jersey Turnpike Extension to Exit 14B. Follow the signs to Liberty State Park/Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is ample parking available in Liberty State Park for a fee.
Plane - The New York City metropolitan area is served by three major airports: Newark-Liberty International, LaGuardia, and JFK International.
The Statue of Liberty is accessible only by Statue Cruises ferry boat. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island are located in Lower New York Harbor, slightly over one mile from Lower Manhattan. Private, and other commercial, vessels are not allowed to dock at either Ellis Island or Liberty Island. The Statue Cruises ferry that leaves from Liberty State Park in New Jersey stops at Ellis Island first, then continues on to Liberty Island before returning to New Jersey. The Statue Cruises ferry out of Battery Park in lower Manhattan stops at Liberty Island first. From there, the boat stops at Ellis Island, then returns to New York City. For tickets and schedules, call 1-877-LADY-TIX or visit statuecruises.com.
Ferry Service from New York: Purchase round-trip ferry tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in lower Manhattan. Ferries from New York operate on a loop, stopping first at Liberty Island and then at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park.
- Battery Park by subway: Take the 1 or R train to the Whitehall Street / South Ferry station or the 4 or 5 train to the Bowling Green station. Call the NYC Transit Authority for information at 718-330-1234.
- Battery Park by bus: Take the M15 (East Side) marked "South Ferry" or the M6 (West Side) from 57th Street.
Ferry Service from New Jersey: Purchase round-trip ferry tickets at the Central Railroad Terminal Building and Museum at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ . Ferries from Liberty State Park operate on a loop, stopping first at Ellis Island and then at Liberty Island before returning to Liberty State Park.
- Liberty State Park by Light Rail: The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train provides service through the Jersey City, NJ area and has a station at Liberty State Park about 1 mile from the ferry location. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry. For more information on schedules, fares, service etc. call: 1-800 772-2222 (TTY) 1-800 772-2287.
- Newark Penn Station: Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately 1 mile from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry.
- Hoboken Train / PATH subway / Bus station: Take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately 1 mile from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry
- Journal Square, Jersey City: Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately 1 mile from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry.