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Before You Go

Visit the National Park Service and Statue City Cruises websites for the latest information about operating hours and ticket availability.

PLAN YOUR VOYAGE

How to purchase tickets.

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Statue City Cruises is the ONLY vendor authorized to provide tickets and transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands. No other ferry company can give you access to the Islands, monuments, and museums. Additional tickets are not needed to enter the Statue of Liberty Museum or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

  • To purchase tickets in advance, Go to StatueCityCruises.com or call 1-877-523-9849 (877-LADY-TIX).
  • Tickets can be purchased in person at the Statue City Cruises ticket booths located in Castle Clinton in Battery Park (NYC) or at the ferry departure point in Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Ferry schedules change seasonally and during periods of high tourism. Up-to-date schedules are posted on the Statue City Cruises website. To guarantee entry, purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Check out our blog post “The ONLY Way to Liberty Island.”

What's Included With Your Ticket

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  • Round-trip ferry service with stops at Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
  • Access to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and the Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • Self-guided audio tours, which can be picked up on each Island. Content is available in 12 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. A family-friendly tour is also available, as are an American Sign Language (ASL) version and an Audio Descriptive (AD) version.

Find the Ferry

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  • Local 1 (7th Avenue Line) to the last stop – South Ferry
  • Express 4 or 5 (Lexington Avenue Line) to Bowling Green
  • Local R/W train from Brooklyn/Queens (Broadway Line) to Whitehall Street
  • M1, M6 or M15 to South Ferry (last stop)
  • From the East Side take the FDR Drive South to Exit 1, South Ferry/Battery Park
  • From the West Side take the Westside Highway South (Route 9A) to Battery Park
  • NOTE: Street and private garage parking is limited in the Battery Park neighborhood

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  • Take exit 14-B off the New Jersey Turnpike; follow signs to Liberty State Park
  • Ample parking is available in Liberty State Park, for a nominal fee

By Public Transportation:

  • Take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) to the Liberty State Park Station; walk or bike one mile along Audrey Zapp Drive to the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park
  • The HBLR is accessible via PATH at the Hoboken Station or Newport (Jersey City) Station

WHAT TO EXPECT

Liberty island.

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Liberty Island is home to a beautiful park, an innovative museum, and America’s most iconic symbol of promise and possibility. As you explore the grounds, take in Lady Liberty from different angles noting her design details and how her appearance changes with the light.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is an experience unto itself. Full of incredible exhibits, the Museum gives color and context to the Statue and houses her original torch. Before you depart Liberty Island, be sure to visit the Liberty Vista atop the Museum for breathtaking views of the Statue and New York Harbor.

No additional ticket is needed to visit the museum.

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Visitors to Ellis Island are given a unique view of American history. Beautifully restored to its peak operating period, the main building allows park-goers to step into Ellis Island travelers’ shoes for a sense of the immigrant journey.

At the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, voyages come to life through a stunning collection of artifacts. Exhibits chronicle America’s immigration history from the 1500s through to today.

Visit the American Family Immigration History Center , located on the first floor, to discover your connections to Ellis Island. And while walking the grounds, explore The American Immigrant Wall of Honor , which celebrates immigrants of all eras.

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How To Visit the Statue of Liberty in 2024: Tickets, Hours, Tours, and More

Brandon Shaw Last Updated: October 29, 2023

Did you know that approximately 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year? It can get pretty hectic but there are some ways around the crowds . In this guide, we’ll help you plan ahead! Here’s everything you need to know about how to visit the Statue of Liberty from how to get tickets, to the best tours, what to see, and more!

Pro Tip: Planning your trip to NYC? Bookmark this post in your browser so you can easily find it when you’re in the city. See our guide to New York City for more planning resources, our best NYC tours for a memorable trip, and the top things to do in NYC .

Visiting the Statue of Liberty: What We’ll Cover

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States—a symbol of friendly alliance and appreciation. Over the years since the statue took its place on Liberty Island in 1886, many marveled at the sight of this iconic monument as they sought a better life and it came to represent something more—the promise of freedom and the possibility for their dreams to come true. As you prepare for your visit to the Statue of Liberty, here’s what you need to know:

  • Opening hours and tickets
  • How much time to budget for your visit
  • How to get there
  • What to see at the Statue of Liberty
  • Guided tour options
  • Facts and history of the Statue of Liberty
  • Where to eat inside and nearby

Statue of Liberty Opening Hours and Tickets

Stairs leading up to the pedestal and crown of the statue of liberty

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, so you’ll need to take a ferry to get there. When you purchase your ticket for the Statue of Liberty, it includes the ferry ride and access to the Ellis Island Museum. Here are the various ticket types:

Ticket Types:

Reserve Ticket : With this ticket, you have access to the grounds and audio guide. However, you cannot go inside the Statue of Liberty.

  • Adult: $24.50
  • Senior 62+: $18
  • Child 4-12: $12
  • Child 0-3: Free

Pedestal Reserve Ticket: You’ll get access to everything included in the Reserve ticket, plus access to the Fort Wood Section of the Pedestal.

  • Adult: $24.80
  • Senior 62+: $18.30
  • Child 4-12: $12.30

Crown Reserve Ticket: You’ll get access to everything included in the Pedestal Reserve ticket, plus access to the Crown and Pedestal

There are two ports with departures to the Statue of Liberty. One is Battery Park in New York and the other is Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Statue City Cruises is the only authorized concessioner for ferries.

Battery Park Ferry Hours : 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, every 30 minutes

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How Long To Spend at the Statue of Liberty

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Short Answer : 3 to 4 hours

When you purchase a ticket to see the Statue of Liberty, you’re actually buying three items: A ferry ride, Statue of Liberty Access, and Access to the Ellis Island Museum. Be sure to keep that in mind.

The Ferry Ride

You’ll start your adventure at either Battery Park in NYC or Liberty State Park across the bay in New Jersey. The ferry works like a hop-on, hop-off bus with stops at Liberty Island (where the Statue of Liberty is) and Ellis Island before returning to the port.

It takes around 15-20 minutes to arrive at each destination. So, there’s just enough time to enjoy some sea views without it being too long.

Liberty Island

Once you arrive at Liberty Island, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the Statue of Liberty. Depending on the ticket you have (see above), you’ll either just walk around the island or climb up the statue itself.

I last visited the area in May of 2021 and I’d say if you are not climbing up, give yourself about 2 hours. Why so long? You’ll want to enjoy the views from the various vantage points.

There’s also a cool little museum to visit where you can see the original torch that Lady Liberty held. There’s an audioguide included in the ticket, but you know how that goes…listen for 5 minutes before you put it in your pocket. We recommend taking a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which will make your time more memorable and definitely elevate your experience.

Ellis Island

If you’re thinking of skipping this section and just heading back to the city, I strongly urge you to reconsider. When I arrived at Ellis Island, I was very unprepared for the emotional aspect of the visit. My only exposure to the area previously was from the film “The Godfather”. I honestly found Ellis Island to be just as compelling as the Statue of Liberty!

Considering the size of the museum I would allocate 1.5 hours for your visit. The main area you’ll be visiting is all in one building, but it is quite big and it’s on two floors. You will learn all about the influx of immigrants from all over the world (mostly European) who came in search of a better life in America.

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Join us on an epic journey through American history! On this tour you will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with roundtrip ferry transport included all with a local guide who will describe the city’s amazing history as you visit the picturesque monument.

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Visit the most visited art museum in America! You will find artwork from all the world from amazing sculptures to emotional paintings. Your local tour guide will also unveil the secrets of the artists themselves!

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How To Get To the Statue of Liberty

Traveling to the Statue of Liberty is pretty simple, you’ll be departing from one of the ferry points located either in Battery Park or Liberty State Park. Before you leave, you should plan your journey to these locations. This way, you’ll be sure to get to Liberty Island early and avoid any unnecessary travel complications or stress along the way. 

Battery Park  

Battery Park is in Manhattan, at the southern tip of the city. It’s surrounded by the New York Harbor and the Hudson River. You can get there on the subway, bus, or train, and they’re super easy to access from different points around the city and even out of state.

 If you head to the MTA website, you can set the destination as Battery Park and add your current location for a display of the best route as well as how to purchase transport tickets (they can be purchased online or at the station kiosks). For a point of reference, from Times Square in New York City, you can take the train southbound from Times Square Station (1, 2, or 3) to the South Ferry Stop. From there, it’s a quick 5-minute walk to Battery Park.

The bus is another good option. From near Times Square, you can take the bus from the 5 Av/W 41 St. Stop to the South Ferry stop as well. The MTA website also provides a detailed schedule of bus routes and times from several different points around the city.

Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is the other popular point of departure for the ferry that arrives at Liberty Island. This park is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, and similar to Battery Park in NYC, it’s easily accessible via public transport that’s provided throughout the state of New Jersey. Newark Penn Station is one of the most frequently used stations in the state and if you leave from there, you’ll have a relatively simple journey to the destination. 

 As suggested on the Liberty State Park Website, take the PATH subway to the Exchange Place stop in Jersey City. From there, you’ll take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park, followed by a short trip on the shuttle bus to the ferry slip. In addition to Newark Penn Station, you can also embark from Hoboken Station and Journal Square in Jersey City. If you’re interested in learning about alternative departure points, the New Jersey Transit website is a great resource to plan your route with ease. 

What To See at the Statue of Liberty

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Once you’re on liberty island, there are a few spots that you should definitely visit. Some of these will depend on the ticket you purchased in advance, so keep reading to get an idea. For a more detailed explanation of each area, read our top things to see at the Statue of Liberty.

  • Statue of Liberty Exhibit
  • Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal
  • Statue of Liberty Crown (Get ready to walk up 190 stairs!)

Statue of Liberty Tour Options

Unless you’re planning a trip to NYC on a shoestring budget, you should definitely consider a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty. Besides the benefits of skipping the lines that you get when visiting with an expert guide, a tour will simplify your trip.

With round-trip ferry tickets taken care of and a convenient meeting point in Battery Park, you’ll have nothing to worry about except enjoying your time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Here is our top guided Statue of Liberty tour with great reviews:

Join us on an epic journey through American history! On this tour you’ll visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with roundtrip ferry transport included all with a local guide who will describe the city’s amazing history as you visit the picturesque monument.

See tour itinerary, price, and description

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our  Statue of Liberty Guide for more resources.

Facts and History of the Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty has some impressive numbers. Here are some cool numbers about this amazing statue:

  • Amount of copper used: 62,000 lbs. ( 31 tons).
  • Weight of concrete foundation: 54,000,000 lbs. (125 tons).
  • The thickness of copper sheeting: 3/32 of an inch, the thickness of two pennies placed together.
  • Wind sway: 50 mph winds cause the statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.
  • Direction: It is facing southeast so people can see the statue when entering the harbor.
  • The Tablet: It reads July 4th, 1776—the date of American Independence.
  • The Torch: Is a 1986 replacement. It is copper, covered in 24k gold leaf.
  • Height of the Statue of Liberty: 154 feet.

Statue of Liberty History

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. In 1865, Edouard de Laboulaye, an important French political thinker and supporter of Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War proposed to create a monument for the United States.

His reasoning was that the victory of the Union in the Civil War reaffirmed the United State’s ideals of freedom and democracy. As a result, honoring the United States would at the same time strengthen the causes for Democracy in France.

Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was the man that made it happen. Bartholdi was a famous French sculptor, best known for his work on the Statue of Liberty. He was elected by Edouard de Laboulaye as the sculptor to build a monument that could commemorate the kinship between France and the United States as well as appreciation for President Abraham Lincoln’s work.

Bartholdi previously worked with Laboulaye in the designing of his bust and was excited to work on the project that came to life over the span of a few years. Thus, the Statue of Liberty was born. 

How was it built?

The construction of the statue began in France in 1876. Bartholdi enlisted a number of French craftsmen to help in the process of transforming his unique ideas into reality. The various parts of the statue were created separately and then shipped to the United States for assembly in 1885.

Upon visiting New York City, Bartholdi chose Liberty Island as its home because of the high level of visibility, which he described as the “gateway to America.” Most of us can agree that the location was a perfect choice, not only is the statue a signature attraction of the city, it’s a symbol of America and its core ideals. 

Once the statue arrived, assembly began very quickly along with the construction of the pedestal upon which it still stands tall today. The process was officially completed in 1886 and celebrated with a large dedication ceremony that was held shortly after. Around a million New Yorkers came out to revel in the unveiling of the statue, a part of a grand history that was yet to fully unfold. 

Interested in finding out more? Read our article on the history of the Statue of Liberty or join our expert local guides on a Statue of Liberty tour —by far the best way to learn more about this iconic NYC landmark.

Places To Eat Inside and Nearby

There are limited options to eat when you depart for the Statue of Liberty. If you go in the morning, I suggest eating in the city when you return. A picnic is also a great idea. Here are a few recommendations for places to eat:

On the Ferry: There are snack stands where you can purchase refreshments and healthy snacks

Crown Café : $$ | Quick Snacks —This is the only place on Liberty Island where you can actually get food. You can get burgers, pizzas, and even sushi in this cafeteria-style café.

Ellis Café : $$ | Quick Snacks —Same as the Crown Café, but on Ellis Island.

Have a Picnic : Liberty Island is actually considered a park, so there is lots of open areas. Grab some food from a local gourmet grocery store in New York and have a leisurely lunch in the sun.

Near the Statue of Liberty:

Hotdog Truck: A quick and easy way to eat like the locals. I’ve eaten from them hundreds of times and never gotten sick. You’ll find them all over the place. Go for it!

The Dead Rabbit : $$ | Irish Pub —Great pub food and strong drinks. What else could you ask for after sightseeing all morning long?

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About Brandon Shaw

Brandon is a co-founder and owner of The Tour Guy and its subsidiary The Roman Guy. He left the States to travel the world at 18 and never looked back! As an official Tour Guide of Rome and Certified Sommelier, he loves to travel the world and share these experiences with his readers.

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The 4 best guided statue of liberty tours for 2024.

Discover the best guided tours of this iconic national monument, plus how to see it on your own.

The Best Statue of Liberty Tours

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Key Takeaways

  • You can explore the Statue of Liberty on your own or take a guided tour.
  • Some tour operators include additional New York City attractions in their Statue of Liberty tours.
  • Round-trip ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is typically included in tour rates.

The Statue of Liberty is America's most iconic and enduring symbol of freedom. A gift from the French, "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" – its official name – was dedicated in 1886. It was often the first thing immigrants to the United States saw as they sailed to Ellis Island. The statue holds a torch in one hand and a tablet inscribed with the date of the Declaration of Independence in the other. She stands a little more than 300 feet tall and is made of copper, which has oxidized over time to create her signature green patina. To make the most of your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, consider these key tips.

Several independent tour companies offer tours to the Statue of Liberty that include private guides and extra perks like priority ferry boarding. Some also combine trips to the Statue of Liberty with visits to other attractions, such as the 9/11 Memorial . However, these companies are not official vendors of the national park service, meaning there may be unnecessary charges.

Experience First – Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Price: Adults from $79; kids from $75 Duration: 5 hours

For a guided trip to the Statue of Liberty that features an in-the-know local and early reserve-line tickets to access the ferry to Liberty Island, consider this tour operated by Experience First. You'll start your tour at Castle Clinton in Battery Park before boarding the ferry to Liberty Island. Along the way, your guide will share information about the statue and its history. The tour continues upon arrival to the Statue of Liberty, where your guide will show you around the grounds. You'll have time to visit the Statue of Liberty Museum before boarding the ferry again to visit Ellis Island, where the formal tour concludes. Once on Ellis Island, you can stay for as long as you like before hopping on the return ferry to Battery Park. In total, the guided portion of the tour lasts about 3.5 hours. The company estimates that the entire experience will last about five hours, depending on how much time you spend exploring on your own.

Reviewers praise the tour guides, who they describe as knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Travelers also appreciate all the tips provided by guides, saying they offer recommendations on everything from where to sit on the ferry for the best views to must-visit restaurants and boroughs in the city. Tours are offered daily at 9:30 a.m. Short on time? Experience First also offers an "express" Statue of Liberty tour that takes between two and three hours.

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Take Walks – Fully Guided Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island

Price: Adults from $69; kids from $64 Duration: 4 hours

According to reviewers, the guides at Take Walks make the history of the Statue of Liberty come alive. On this approximately four-hour tour, you and up to 24 other participants will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with your licensed guide leading the way. You'll have time to explore the exterior of the statue, as well as the Statue of Liberty Museum, as well as Ellis Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Reviewers applaud guides for their vast knowledge of Liberty and Ellis islands and called the tour fun. Travelers also appreciate the guides' willingness to take pictures.

Take Walks also offers guided tours of other top NYC landmarks, such as Grand Central Terminal and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Top Dog Tours NYC – Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Price: Adults from $190; kids from $170 Duration: 4 hours

Tour the Statue of Liberty and its attractions with your own personal guide on this private excursion. Tours include round-trip ferry rides between Battery Park and Liberty Island, guided walks of Liberty and Ellis islands, and entrance to the museums associated with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Participants say this tour is worth the extra cost thanks to the passionate, engaging guides. Reviewers especially recommend this tour for families with young kids, because of the educational nature of the experience and the guides' attention to detail.

A minimum of two participants is required for the tour to operate. Top Dog Tours offers a variety of food, walking and specialty tours around NYC.

City Tales Sightseeing & Private Tours – Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Price: Adults from $65; kids from $56 Duration: 3 hours

Be one of the first people to tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this tour, which departs from Battery Park at 9 a.m. on the first ferry to Liberty Island. You and up to 24 other participants will follow a licensed guide to see all of the top sights, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and The National Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. Travelers describe this tour as informative and inspiring thanks to the attentive, insightful guides, who they say present information about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in an easily digestible format.

From March to December, tours operate Thursday through Tuesday at 9 a.m. During January and February, tours are only offered Friday to Sunday. The company offers a variety of walking tours around NYC, including a tour of Wall Street and the World Trade Center.

Statue of Liberty Cruises

One of the best ways to view Lady Liberty is from the water. Consider one of these Statue of Liberty cruises for a unique vantage point.

How to Tour the Statue of Liberty On Your Own

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Getting There: You'll need to take a ferry to reach Liberty Island. Statue City Cruises is the official ferry provider for the National Park Service, and the only ferry service authorized to provide transportation to and from Liberty Island. Before you board, you'll go through an airport-style security screening. The ferry departs from two locations: Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ferry operators recommend arriving about 30 minutes ahead of your reserved time.

You can reach Battery Park via public transportation, such as the subway or bus. The 4 and 5 trains stop at Bowling Green; the M5, M15 and M20 bus routes also stop within walking distance of the ferry. Driving is an option, but parking is limited. If you're planning to do more sightseeing, heed the advice of reviewers and sign up for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour , many of which stop at Battery Park.

For ferry departures from New Jersey's Liberty State Park, you can arrive via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Plenty of parking is available, for a fee, if you choose to drive.

Tickets: Tickets, which cost $24.50 for adults and $12 for kids ages 4 to 12, cover round-trip ferry transportation and access to specific park attractions. To access both the pedestal and the crown, you need to reserve and purchase timed tickets before your trip. Tickets to the pedestal sell out quickly, and you'll likely need to book tickets to the crown at least three months in advance.

Experiences: Visitors can stop by the Information Center and explore the Statue of Liberty Museum The museum houses artifacts, including the original torch, as well as multimedia displays detailing the statue's history and creation. Meanwhile, the on-site Information Center offers brochures and tour schedules. Kids can join the Junior Ranger program at the center by picking up a booklet of activities to complete to earn a special badge. Any visitor is welcome to take a free Park Ranger guided tour of the statue's exterior, which explains how the statue was made, its symbolism and more, or use a self-guided audio tour.

The pedestal stands at about half the height of the monument and boasts panoramic views of New Jersey, New York City, the New York Harbor and Ellis Island. Brave-hearted visitors will want to take the narrow, double-helix steps to the statue's crown for a bird's-eye view of the city. There are 162 steps from the top of the pedestal to the top of the crown. There is no elevator and the park service discourages this trek for visitors who suffer from heart and respiratory conditions, claustrophobia, acrophobia and vertigo. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to safely climb the stairs.

What to Bring: You will need an ID to pick up your tickets from will call (if you choose to get your tickets there). If you plan to visit the crown, each ticket holder will need to show a valid ID along with the ticket that bears their name; minors without ID are exempt from this policy. Locker facilities to store personal items during your visit are available at the base of the statue; lockers accept quarters only.

No large bags (carry-on luggage, large suitcases, etc.) are allowed on Liberty Island. Backpacks, strollers, large umbrellas and food and drink are prohibited inside the statue.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the gift shop and in the statue's lobby.

Traveler Tips: Travelers love seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. Multiple tourists recommend a morning visit to make sure you have enough time to see everything, especially if you combine your trip to Lady Liberty with a visit to nearby Ellis Island. If you purchase a ferry ticket for 2 p.m. or later, you will not be able to go to both islands, but will have to pick either Liberty or Ellis Island. Reviewers recommend allotting at least half a day to see everything and suggest going in the morning to avoid crowds. They also stress booking tickets to the crown several months in advance to make sure you obtain tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island.

If you did not book a guided tour through a third-party operator and are visiting the Statue of Liberty on your own, the amount of time you spend at the Statue of Liberty is up to you. Experts and travelers alike recommend setting aside at least two hours to explore everything this site offers. Given how much there is to see here, you'll likely spend at least half a day visiting both Liberty and Ellis islands.

It costs $24.50 per adult and $12 per child ages 4 to 12 for a ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty, whether you depart from New York or New Jersey. Guided tours cost more. The round-trip ferry ride to Liberty Island includes access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You do not need to purchase any other tickets upon arriving at Liberty or Ellis islands.

If you're hoping to plan a budget-friendly visit to the Statue of Liberty, do not book a tour with a third-party company. Tour companies can add on unnecessary charges for extra perks like a personal guide. If you don't want to visit with a guide, all you'll have to pay is the ferry fee.

The general admission ticket for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty costs $24.50 per adult and $12 per child ages 4 to 12 whether you depart from New York or New Jersey. The ticket includes a round-trip ferry ride to Liberty Island from either New York or New Jersey, access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, ranger-led tours, and audio tours.

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11 Things To Know Before Visiting The Statue Of Liberty

T he Statue of Liberty is truly a national treasure and  destination that anyone who loves Americana culture will enjoy . Gifted to the United States in 1885 by France and placed on its completed pedestal the following year, "Liberty Enlightening the World" has sat magnificently in New York Harbor and captured the imagination of countless generations of onlookers. In 1903, Emma Lazarus's poem, "The New Colossus," added a poignant rallying call to the statue's rising form. "Mother of Exiles," Lazarus calls Lady Liberty, as her most famous words echo through the ages: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Today, millions of visitors flow through the twined islands in New York Harbor: One supporting Lady Liberty and her crown, torch, and hope for the future, and the other, Ellis Island, a glimpse of America's immigrant past that she represents. If you're a first-time visitor to this  popular U.S. tourist destination , you can make the most of your trip by bearing in mind a few essential tips. From planning when to book your tickets and how to pack for the day to structuring your visit's timeline, these factors will ensure a fulfilling and inspiring visit to this symbol of America's most enduring qualities.

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Head To Ellis Island Before Seeing Lady Liberty

A ferry ticket to see the Statue of Liberty also includes a stop at Ellis Island. However, it's a good idea to plan for a reversal of these two destinations. Getting off the boat at Ellis Island first will keep you fresh for longer across a day full of walking and time spent outdoors.

Most of the Ellis Island experience is found indoors, so you'll be in the air conditioning and comfortable halls of the museum portion of the trip. Starting here will give you an excellent order of events so that you are ready to take in the sights of the day for the duration of your voyage out to these historic islands. If you begin with the Statue of Liberty, you may find yourself pounding the pavement in the roasting sunlight for hours with little shade to help cool you down or give you a breather.

The tour of Ellis Island is well worth the visit, but doing it after a walk around Liberty Island will have you drenched in sweat at worst and flagging in energy at best. Reorganize your day to get the most out of both stops, especially if you have ancestors who traveled through Ellis Island and are hoping to spend some time steeped in your own history.

Choose Your Footwear With Comfort In Mind

In addition to Ellis Island's walkthrough, Liberty Island spans about 15 acres in total land area. The statue serves as the highlight, of course, but the whole island is worth exploring since the views of New York and New Jersey surrounding it offer awe-inspiring photo opportunities and vantage points. The Statue of Liberty can also be seen from numerous angles, considering the sheer size of the island.

Taking in the breathtaking form of Lady Liberty from different spots around the island will likely take up a good portion of your time on the trip. As a result, you should place wearing comfortable walking shoes right up at the top of your preparation list for the day. Skip the heels or flip-flops for this one and ensure you have plenty of arch support. With the appropriate footwear in place, only your sense of pace will dictate your adventure around Liberty Island and Ellis Island as you experience history in living color.

Don't Forget Your Sunscreen And Hat Or Umbrella

In the same way that quality walking shoes are a must for any visit to these two islands (especially if you're considering climbing through the statue's interior), sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or umbrella should be on your packing list, too. Droves of visitors flock to New York Harbor during the summer months to see the Statue of Liberty, when the average highs reach up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

If you're traveling to the Big Apple to visit these sites during the warmest months of the year, you may be in for a bit of a shock upon landing on Liberty Island if you forget either of these items. There's little in the way of tree cover throughout Liberty Island, meaning the hours you're sure to spend gazing up at the statue's iconic tablet and torch will also be hours spent in the blazing sunshine. This time spent outdoors can drain your energy and potentially result in a wicked sunburn if you don't take the proper precautions.

You Can Visit From Either New York Or New Jersey

Many people don't realize that they can gain access to Liberty Island during a trip to the Statue of Liberty from either New York or New Jersey. The island rests within New Jersey's state boundary but is administered by the National Park Service and falls under New York State jurisdiction due to an 1834 agreement between the two states that Congress ratified.

At any rate, a journey to Ellis and Liberty Islands can be launched from either state, making it easily accessible for more hopeful visitors. It's important to note that you must return to the same place you departed, though. Paying a visit to the Statue of Liberty is an excellent option for lovers of American symbolism and history on a stopover at Newark International Airport. With a day to kill in Newark, getting to Liberty State Park can take as little as 15 to 20 minutes, with an Uber costing roughly $30.

There Are Food Options On The Island, But You Can Also Bring Your Own

Anyone planning a lengthy visit to the islands will be happy to learn that plenty of food options are available. This is an excellent addition for anyone wanting to sit down and have a small snack or meal midway through the day. However, those taking in the sights and sounds of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty should be wary of pricing from these food vendors. As is typical for museums, historical sites, and other attractions that draw huge crowds, food here can be expensive.

Fortunately, visitors can bring their own food and drink on the ferry. This means packing a sandwich or even something prepared that you purchased in a restaurant or grocery store before departing for the islands can make eating a less expensive task. With your snacks in your backpack, you can sit down anywhere you'd like around the island and have a meal with a spectacular visual backdrop to complement your experience. However, bear in mind that you will need to be ready to remove your food items from your bag when passing through security.

Book Your Ticket As Far In Advance As Possible

Buying your tickets in advance is often a good idea, no matter where you plan to visit. However, at the Statue of Liberty, it's even more critical. There's no way onto the islands without purchasing a ferry ticket—private boats aren't allowed to dock—and only roughly 10,000 tickets are available daily. With 4 million visitors per year flowing through these islands, booking your ticket as far in advance as possible is crucial. This will give you the best pick of options and multiple days to select from, in all likelihood.

It is possible to get a last-minute ticket, but they may be more expensive or cover only limited times and dates, making scheduling the remainder of your visit to the area a bit challenging. Tickets typically get released to the public about half a year in advance. As soon as you solidify your travel plans to New York or New Jersey and know that you want to make the trip out to the harbor, book your tickets so you don't miss out on the best experience possible.

Consider The Type Of Ticket You Want

Four ticket types will grant visitors access to different Ellis and Liberty Islands sections. The Reserve Ticket is the base entry ticket and will provide for your ferry to and from the island. This is an excellent choice for those looking to explore the history and views of the islands. Alternatively, you could opt for a Pedestal Reserve or Crown Reserve Ticket. These add access to the statue's pedestal or crown respectively. While there are about 2,400 to 2,900 Pedestal Reserve Tickets available each day, only about 500 Crown Reserve Tickets can be booked daily, making them increasing rarities for visitors planning a trip to see Lady Liberty.

The Pedestal Reserve Ticket offers access to the Fort Wood segment of the statue's pedestal and gives you a closer look behind the scenes. Heading up to the crown introduces an even more exclusive view of the statue and its surroundings. The final ticket type is the Hard Hat Reserve Ticket. Only about 84 of these tickets are available each day, and ticketholders who are lucky enough to snag Hard Hat Reserve access will enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the unrestored section on the southern side of Ellis Island as well as access to the Ellis Island Hospital and the "Unframed—Ellis Island" art exhibit.

Be Realistic About Your Expectations On The Island

The stairs to the top of the statue can unveil a dramatic culmination of your trip to the island to see Lady Liberty. Not only will you be one of the few who have climbed the 377 steps from the ground to the crown, but you'll be treated to some spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The statue is 305 feet off the ground (including the pedestal), making it a sizeable landmark that provides a truly breathtaking perspective of two iconic American communities.

But, the climb is not for the faint of heart. A Crown Reserve Ticket will allow you to make the climb as one of around just 500 per day. However, thinking long and hard about your physical ability to scale the spiral staircase is essential. Taller visitors will need to hunch over throughout the climb, and there are no cutaways to take breaks while you're hoofing it to the top. Likewise, the entire interior experience can be a bit claustrophobic. Getting to the top is a fantastic achievement, but it's not an endeavor for everyone and certainly not a task you should take lightly.

Visitors Can Look For Their Ancestors In Ellis Island's Computerized Records

Ellis Island was the waystation for many immigrants coming to America from 1892 until 1954. As a result, it's one of the most influential historical sites you can visit in America today. More than 12 million people arrived at New York Harbor's entry terminal at this time, including over 1 million just in 1907. During the early years, passports and visa papers weren't required, and workers inspected immigrants in the arrival hall instead. This led to plenty of paperwork being generated as inspections took place, and today, you can peruse computerized records of these arrivals.

Records are available for the period spanning 1892 through 1924, with ship data and documentation for individuals who came through the processing lines of Ellis Island. This wonderful addition hits home for those whose relatives passed through the doors of Ellis Island before making their way into the United States to begin their new lives. For tens of millions of Americans today (as many as 40% of U.S. citizens), the halls of Ellis Island represent their ancestors' first steps toward the lives that would eventually bring forth their existence. It's a powerful look into the personal histories of so many Americans, and the National Park Service has done a fantastic job of honoring the place and the personalities who once walked its grounds.

Visit In The Spring Or Fall For The Best Experience

The summer months are the Statue of Liberty's peak visiting period. Vast flocks of people coalesce around the ferry terminals in New York and New Jersey, as well as on both historic islands. If you go during the summer, you should expect longer lines and more crowded grounds. This will require you to arrive earlier and add more waiting time to catch the ferry back.

If you plan your visit for the spring or fall, you'll have better weather, shorter lines, and a more enjoyable experience overall. You might also consider visiting in the winter when lines dwindle to their shortest throughout the year. But the brisk winter air in New York is potent, so making sure you bundle up well is essential for anyone visiting then.

Choosing a weekday, particularly Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, is also a good idea. Midweek, the lines will be their shortest and the islands their emptiest, resulting in a more personal experience with the statue and the hallowed halls of Ellis Island. Of course, everyone's itinerary will be unique, so these may not be doable for each visitor. But any leeway you can find in your schedule to book a ticket when crowds might be a little lighter will result in a better trip.

Dress For The Occasion, As Access Comes With Airport-Like Security

Finally, it's important to remember that the National Park Service administers the Statue of Liberty. It's a federally protected space, so you'll face restrictions on what you can bring onto the ferry and island. No weapons are allowed, including firearms, knives, or explosives. You also can't bring mace or other defensive spray-type tools during your visit. Large bags, including suitcases, aren't permitted either. If you purchased a ticket to enter the pedestal or crown, you'll also need to ditch your backpack or purse. There are lockers available at the screening locations before entry to these parts of the statue. They'll cost 25 cents, and change machines are available to break $1 and $5 bills.

Visitors are also prohibited from bringing UAVs or any other aerial drone onto the island. Unfortunately, film and photography will have to remain grounded while you're exploring the statue and Ellis Island. Reserve ticket holders and those with additional access can enter the priority line for faster movement through the security screening process when heading up to the security line.

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Large bags are not allowed on Liberty or Ellis Islands. Backpacks, strollers and large umbrellas are not permitted in the Monument. Learn More: Things To Know Before You Visit the Statue of Liberty  

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Statue of Liberty tours are self-guided, and can last between three to five hours, depending on your pace when you visit both Ellis and Liberty Island.

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Service Advisory for New York Departures: As of Thursday, February 8th, 2024, the Security Screening Facility will shift to a new location within Battery Park, 300 yards south of the current location behind the Castle Clinton National Monument. The new Security Screening Facility location is next to the View restaurant within Battery Park. Visitors who purchase tickets in advance before arrival to Battery Park can bypass the Ticket Office and proceed directly to the Security Screening Facility. Crown ticket holders must check in at the Ticket Office inside the Castle Clinton National Monument before entering the Security Screening Facility.

Service Advisory - Saturday, March 9, 2024 - Pedestal Elevator Temporarily Out of Service: The main elevator is out of service until further notice. To access the top of the pedestal, a 215 stair climb is required. The elevator in the main lobby of the Statue of Liberty can be used to access the museum and restrooms.

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Entry Tickets to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry Transfers

  • Hop on the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island from either Battery State Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
  • Armed with your mobile ticket enjoy skipping the snaking queue.
  • Spend some time exploring The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which showcases the first immigrants to the country, dating all the way back to the 19th century.
  • Continue onwards to the famous Statue of Liberty and explore its grounds at your own pace.
  • Make the best use of your audio guide headset at both venues, and learn about their historical and cultural significance.
  • Audio guide languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.
  • A ferry will be waiting to take you back to your starting point, thus ending your tour.
  • Priority entry at Screening Facility Queue for ferry
  • Roundtrip ferry service
  • Access to Liberty Island
  • Access to Ellis Island
  • Self-guided audio tour of Liberty Island
  • Self-guided audio tour of Ellis Island
  • Entry to the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Access to Ellis Island's Hard Hat Tour
  • Access to the State of Liberty Pedestal & Crown
  • Set aside ample time to explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Keep in mind the time taken for airport-grade security procedures at the Screening Facility for boarding the ferry.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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1-Hour Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Enjoy a scenic and relaxing 1-hour cruise on the Hudson River.
  • Cruise by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and make the most of an iconic picturesque photo op.
  • Sail towards South Street Seaport and learn about its 400-year-old history thanks to the live English commentary onboard.
  • See the famous Brooklyn Bridge, a 19th-century engineering marvel; and a must-see landmark when in New York.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available onboard as well as an audio guide, which is available in 6 languages (English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, & Japanese).
  • 1-hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Live commentary
  • Audio guide (available in 6 languages)
  • Stopping at Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island
  • Tip: American holidays are a popular time for everyone to visit the Statue of Liberty. To avoid the crowd, it is recommended that you go on a weekday prior to the holiday, if possible.
  • Pets are allowed on the cruise.
  • There are no extra seats for infants - you must seat them on your lap.
  • The cruise is wheelchair as well as pram/stroller-friendly.
  • The audio guide is available in English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish & Japanese.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

  • Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a close look at the guardian of New York Harbor, Lady Liberty.
  • An expert guide (English/Spanish) will keep you company from beginning to end, filling you in on intriguing facts about Liberty Island & Ellis Island.
  • Round-trip ferry rides to both islands are included in the price of your ticket.
  • Alight at Liberty Island and head straight to the Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • From the original bones of the statue to one of the first flames of her torch, this museum gives you a rare peek into the history of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Sail towards Ellis Island next and hear the stories of millions of immigrants that passed through this island from the years 1892-1954.
  • Explore the rest of Ellis Island on your own and take a look at other attractions like the Wall of Honor and the Museum of Immigration, if you wish.
  • Expert tour guide (English/Spanish)
  • Round-trip ferry tickets
  • Statue of Liberty Museum access
  • Ellis Island Museum access (with audio guides)
  • Access to the crown
  • Tip: Ellis Island has some of the best views of Manhattan. You can't leave without taking a picture of the iconic New York City skyline. Just outside the main building, right across from the Wall of Honor, you’ll find the most picturesque spot on the island.
  • Audio guides are available at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. However, they may not be available for afternoon departures due to time constraints.
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible.

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Half-Day Guided Tour of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

  • Enjoy a half-day tour of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with your live guide. Upgrade to get priority access to both attractions.
  • With the help of your expert local guide, learn all about the history of European immigration to the USA.
  • Take in beautiful views of the New York Harbor and admire Lady Liberty herself with access to the base grounds.
  • Check out the incredible displays at the state-of-the-art Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • Hear heartwarming and tear-jerking stories about European refugees and their journey to the USA as you head to Ellis Island.
  • Ferry to Liberty Island & Ellis Island
  • Early, priority access to both sites (optional)
  • Access to Liberty Island & the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Access to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
  • Walking tour guide in English of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • Audio guide in English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish & Japanese
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The Statue of Liberty stands as a timeless symbol of freedom and opportunity, inviting visitors from around the world to witness its majestic beauty and embrace the spirit of hope it embodies. Stay on this page to find out everything you need to know about Statue of Liberty tickets, cruises, & tours.

Things to know before booking your Statue of Liberty tickets

  • The only way to get to the Statue of Liberty is by ferry. Round-trip ferry rides to Liberty Island and Ellis Island are included in your tickets.
  • Keep in mind that the ferry transfer is different from the cruise. The Statue of Liberty ferry is primarily designed to transport visitors to Liberty Island, where they can visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The cruise will take you around the harbor near both islands but you will not be able to disembark at either of them.
  • Before boarding the ferries, you must undergo a strict security screening, similar to airports. For a smooth visiting experience, travel light, and adhere to security guidelines. Large bags, weapons, and sharp objects are prohibited.
  • Arrive early in the day and try to catch the first ferry as crowds tend to get larger later.
  • Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are entirely wheelchair accessible. However, access to the crown is not suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Service animals are allowed inside.
  • For families with young children, strollers can be taken on the ferry and the islands. Food can be carried inside soft-sided containers.
  • If you're worried about leaving your pet alone all day, you might need to make other arrangements as there are no on-site kennels at the Statue of Liberty. However, pets are allowed on the sightseeing cruise.
  • For the Statue of Liberty cruise, infants will not be provided with an extra seat and have to be seated on your laps.
  • The Statue of Liberty guided tour gives you priority access to all attractions.
  • The last ferry departs from the stations at 3:30 PM and from Liberty and Ellis Islands at 4 PM.

Which Statue of Liberty ticket is best for you?

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If you're on a budget

Go for: Standard admission tickets Duration: Flexible Access to Ellis Island's Hard Hat Tour: No Stopping at the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island: Yes Access to the Crown: No Guide: Audio guide in 9 languages

  • These tickets provide basic access including a self-guided audio tour of the Liberty and Ellis Islands, allowing you to explore them and learn about the history at your own pace.
  • You can also visit the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Recommended tours: Entry Tickets to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry Transfers

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If you're short on time

Go for: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Duration: 1 hour Stopping at the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island: No Guide : Live commentary + audio guide in 6 languages

  • Sail near Ellis and Liberty Islands on your ferry ride. You will have a live guide on board along with an audio guide available in 6 languages.
  • You will be able to capture pictures with the backdrop of Lady Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum on your cruise.

Recommended tours: 1 Hour Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise

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If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Guided tours Duration: 2-8 hours Access to the Crown: No Guide: Professional tour guide

  • Explore the Statue of Liberty up close with a professional tour guide and learn about the iconic history of this monument.
  • Sail to Ellis Island, where you can explore the Wall of Honor and Immigration Museum with your tour guide.

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Things to see on your visit to the Statue of Liberty

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A scenic island oasis in the heart of New York Harbor, Liberty Island is home to the majestic Statue of Liberty, offering you a chance to explore its grounds, admire the stunning views, and witness the symbol of freedom up close.

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Towering at 305 feet, the Statue of Liberty stands tall as a colossal masterpiece, with its intricately crafted copper exterior, majestic robes, and radiant crown. It symbolizes the spirit of liberty and the enduring values that define America.

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The Pedestal

Discover interactive exhibits that tell you the story of Lady Liberty, her construction, and other interesting facts. Head to the top of the Pedestal - the observation deck, where you can enjoy majestic views of the New York skyline and Harbor.

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Venturing up the narrow spiral staircase to the Statue of Liberty Crown gives you a rare opportunity to witness awe-inspiring panoramas of New York Harbor. Experience the historic and grandeur sensation that comes from standing up here.

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Though inaccessible to visitors, the Statue of Liberty Torch, held high by Lady Liberty, remains a powerful symbol of enlightenment. It serves as a reminder of the guiding light that beckons individuals from around the world to embrace freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Statue of Liberty Museum tells the story of Lady Liberty’s legacy through three interactive galleries – Immersive Theater, Inspiration Gallery, and Engagement Gallery. The museum also houses the original Torch, which you can see up close!

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Ellis Island may not be as popular an attraction as the Statue of Liberty, but it forms an important part of American history. The island represents the stories of the people who went to the ends of the Earth in search of a better life for their families.

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National Museum of Immigration

Housed inside a former immigration complex on Ellis Island, the National Immigration Museum tells the story of the trials and triumphs of 12 million immigrants through photographs, interactive exhibits, historic records, and heirlooms.

Plan your visit to the Statue of Liberty

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General timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Last entry: The last entry to the monument is at 3:30 PM.

Closed on: The Statue of Liberty remains closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Statue of Liberty is in the early hours of the morning on a weekday.

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Address:  Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA | Find on Maps

To get to the Statue of Liberty, you will have to make your way to Battery Park ferry station in New York or Liberty State Park station in New Jersey.

  • By Subway: From New York, lines 1, 4, 5, R, or W will get you to South Ferry station, which is close to Battery Park. From New Jersey, take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Liberty State Park, where you can board the ferry.
  • By Bus: Bus lines BXM18, M20, M15-SBS, QM 11, or QM 25 will get you to Battery Park in New York, while bus routes 1, 119, 6, 80, and 86 stop near Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
  • By Car: Paid parking is available at Battery Place Parking in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

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Your final route to the Statue of Liberty will have to be by ferry. You can board the Statue of Liberty ferry from either New York or New Jersey or opt for a Statue of Liberty Cruise and sail across the New York Harbor.

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Go on a Statue of Liberty guided tour to learn more about this historic monument from an expert guide. Learn about the history and construction of the statue on Liberty Island and then head to Ellis Island to find out the stories of 12 million immigrants who came to America.

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Here's how much time you will need to explore all the attractions on your Statue of Liberty Cruise:

  • Ferry ride: 15-20 minutes (one-way)
  • Pedestal: 30-45 minutes (exhibits and observation deck)
  • Statue of Liberty Museum: 1-1.5 hours
  • Crown (optional): 30-45 (Crown access requires a separate ticket)
  • Liberty Island Grounds: 20-30 minutes
  • National Immigration Museum: 1.5-2 hours
  • Ellis Island: 1 hour

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  • Restrooms are available on both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
  • The monument and the island except the Crown are wheelchair accessible.
  • There are several provisions in place for guests with disabilities. Contact a member of staff for assistance.
  • Service animals are allowed on both the islands except inside the Crown.
  • Lockers for small bags are available on Liberty Island.
  • Gift shops are available at the Statue of Liberty Museum and National Immigration Museum.
  • The Crown Café at Liberty Island offers a range of food and beverage options.

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  • Wheelchairs are available at the Statue of Liberty upon showing a valid photo ID.
  • The monument and the park are wheelchair accessible. However, access to the Crown might not be possible.
  • Restrooms for visitors with reduced mobility are available on both islands.
  • Ramps and elevators are also present to allow for ease of movement.

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You can dine at the Crown Café after your tour of the Statue of Liberty. This café on Liberty Island serves classic American favorites like hot dogs, sandwiches, seafood, cheeseburgers, pizza, paninis, ranger meals, beverages, and desserts. They have an espresso bar and also serve vegetarian and gluten-free meals. 

Average cost: $10-$15

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Browse the gift shops at the Statue of Liberty Museum and National Immigration on your visit. You will find a range of gifts, books, souvenirs, keychains, and other exciting items to commemorate your visit.

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  • You are not allowed to eat, smoke, or drink inside the Statue of Liberty.
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be carried onto the islands.
  • Smoking indoors is not permitted on Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
  • Photography is allowed but commercial photography without prior permission is strictly prohibited. Tripods are not allowed.
  • No pets, except service animals, are allowed on the premises.
  • Camping is strictly prohibited on the island.
  • Large bags, strollers, and laptops are not allowed on the premises. Make sure you travel light.

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  • Brooklyn Bridge: Take a leisurely walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoying stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, the East River, and the bustling activity below.
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum: The 9/11 Museum pays homage to the lives lost in the unfortunate tragedy of the Twin Towers. It is a one-of-a-kind museum, offering the unique experience of connecting with the victims and survivors of the incident.
  • Empire State Building: A short distance from Battery Park, the Empire State Building stands as an architectural marvel and a symbol of New York City. The 86th-floor observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond.
  • Edge NYC: Edge NYC offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy unparalleled views of the city from 1,131 feet above ground.

Plan your visit to the Statue of Liberty

  • Book your Statue of Liberty tickets online and well in advance to avoid waiting for hours in long queues.
  • Stay on the left side of the boat for breathtaking views and great photos of the monument.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing because you’ll have to do a lot of walking and climbing at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Make sure you set aside 5 to 6 hours for your visit.
  • The best time to visit the attraction is in the early hours when it opens because it is the least crowded.
  • Book your tickets to the Crown at least a week in advance since access is limited.
  • Pack light since large bags, backpacks, and refreshments are not allowed inside.
  • For a scenic and relaxing experience, choose a Statue of Liberty cruise.

Frequently asked questions about Statue Of Liberty tickets & tours

You can buy your Statue of Liberty tickets online . Scroll up to choose your tickets and cruises.

You can choose regular entry tickets or guided tours . Additionally, you can also book a Statue of Liberty cruise or tickets with access to the first morning ferry .

Yes, you can book a Statue of Liberty guided tour to learn more about the history of the statue, its construction, and other interesting facts from an expert guide.

Yes, you can book Statue of Liberty tickets and cruises online. Scroll up to book your tickets.

Statue of Liberty tickets and cruises are priced at $29 and upwards.

Discounts available for Statue of Liberty tickets & tours vary. In general, infants, children (3 - 11 years), and senior citizens enjoy reduced ticket prices upon showing a valid photo ID.

The Statue of Liberty is located in New York Harbor in New York City, USA.

The Statue of Liberty is accessible only by a ferry that leaves from two locations - Battery Park in lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Click here for directions to the Statue of Liberty. You can also opt for a Statue of Liberty Cruise for a more elevated experience.

On your Statue of Liberty cruise , you get to visit Liberty Island , the Statue of Liberty , the Statue of Liberty Museum , Ellis Island , the National Museum of Immigration .

The Statue of Liberty is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Facilities available at the Statue of Liberty include toilets, restrooms, wheelchairs for the disabled, lockers, refreshments, and gift shops.

Yes, the Statue of Liberty is wheelchair accessible. Ramps are available on the ferry, elevators are present inside the Pedesta l to get to the top, and the island is paved with smooth pathways.

Photography for personal use is allowed at the Statue of Liberty. Tripods and professional cameras are strictly prohibited.

The Statue of Liberty is worth visiting because it celebrates American independence and is a symbol of hope and freedom for people everywhere. The attraction also offers unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Harbor.

The best way to buy your Statue of Liberty tickets and cruises is to book them online. The reservation system will instantly send you a confirmation as well as mobile tickets with free cancellation options. - Advance booking:  You can book your tickets well in advance without having to worry about the tickets getting sold out.  - Convenience:  Booking Statue of Liberty tickets online helps you save time. You don’t have to wait in long ticket lines to purchase tickets and can spend time exploring the site at your own pace. - Discounts:  If you book your tickets online, you can avail of exciting deals and discounts to further enhance your experience.

May 10, 2021

How Long to Spend at the Statue of Liberty: 3 or 6 Hours

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By Gabriela Hammond

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One of the most stressful elements of planning a trip is knowing how long something will take. The No. 1 question I get asked as a statue tour guide is: “How long should I spend at the Statue of Liberty?”

And I get it. You don’t want to miss anything but you also want to make sure you leave enough time to see everything you want to see while you’re on vacation.

Truthfully, there isn’t an easy answer. My response usually falls somewhere in between the minimum amount of time I think you should spend to how much time it would take to really see everything.

This article does just that, breaking down a Statue of Liberty visit into two categories. The first, in 3 hours, explains what exactly to see if you want to spend the least amount of time possible. Then the 6-hour section will walk you through everything there is if you’re hoping to do it all on your trip.

Read through both and decide which makes more sense for your visit.

How to spend 3 hours at the Statue of Liberty

The minimum amount of time you should leave to visit both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is 2.5-3 hours. It may seem like a long time to carve out of your NYC vacation, but the process of getting over there is pretty tricky, and there is really a lot you should see.

This is exactly what we do on our Statue of Liberty Express Tour , which is designed to show you the highlights of the statue as quickly and efficiently as possible.

That being said, you could certainly spend even more time if you wanted. But if you’ve got a strict schedule and need to visit the Statue of Liberty as quickly as possible, this will help.

The Pedestal: 30 minutes

View from the pedestal at the Statue of Liberty

The most exciting thing to see at the statue, in my opinion, is the view from the pedestal. Keep in mind, this is something you can only do with a pedestal ticket. On a clear day, you’ll get spectacular views. Here’s some of what you can see:

  • Jersey City
  • New York Harbor

But the pedestal also involves an extra security screening and a climb up 192 steps. There is an elevator, but it usually has a line. So this is something that takes a good bit of time. Plus, you don’t want to be rushing to leave once you get to the top.

A half hour should be plenty of time to climb to the top, enjoy the view, take some nice pictures and climb back down.

The Statue of Liberty Museum quick visit: 30 minutes

Liberty Island Museum

You might think that the Statue of Liberty Museum is something to skip, but it’s actually my favorite site on the island. And it’s still pretty new. Official opening was in May of 2019.

The museum features lots of interactive exhibits and so many interesting stories about the Statue of Liberty’s creation. You can even see Lady Liberty’s original torch up close.

Luckily, it doesn’t take long to see the whole thing, so 30 minutes will give you enough time for a quick walk-through.

How long does it take to visit Ellis Island?

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If you want to see Ellis Island, too, on your quick visit to the Statue of Liberty, it’s possible. Make sure to keep your visit to the statue shorter, so it’s closer to 2 1/2 hours, and you can save some time for Ellis Island.

To see all of Ellis Island would take a few hours. But if you’re in a rush and don’t want to skip it, I’d say 1 hour to see the highlights.

Right from the boat, the first place you should go is definitely the Registry Room. This is where hundreds of thousands of immigrants would spend hours waiting each and every day.

After you take some time to walk around, make sure to also check out the Kissing Post and the Wall of Honor.

How long it takes to get to and from the Statue of Liberty: 30-45 minutes

Boarding the ferry at the statue of liberty

Unfortunately, getting to the statue and back isn’t exactly fast. You have to take multiple ferry rides and go through a security screening before you board for the first time.

How long does it take to get to Liberty Island? This varies day to day, depending on the level of crowds. To be safe, I would budget around 30-45 minutes. This also includes the time it would take to ride to Ellis Island too.

Guide tip: It’s always a good idea to get in line early, so you can make sure you are on the next ferry available. Otherwise, you’ll waste precious time just standing in line. The boats do have bathrooms and snack bars on board. So if you want to avoid having to stop for bathroom breaks or food once you get to Liberty Island, you can use the ferry ride to save time.

Extra time on Liberty Island: 15-30 minutes

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I’d also suggest leaving yourself about 15-30 minutes of extra time. This could be spent taking pictures, grabbing a bite to eat, or shopping for souvenirs.

If you think you’ll need even longer, just be sure to manage how much time you spend elsewhere. This is also a good buffer if you wind up in a time snag, like having to wait for the next ferry or getting caught in a long security line.

5-6 hours at the Statue of Liberty

With double the amount of time, there is a lot more for you to see at both Liberty and Ellis islands. You’ll be able to take your time and really soak in the experience. This is what I recommend!

You might be wondering, what else is there to do? Everything mentioned above seems to cover it. Well, three hours might be enough time to see the important things, but if you really want to explore what each site has to offer, you could easily fill another 2-3 hours.

This is what we do on our award-winning tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island , and it’s been ranked one of the top three cultural experiences in the world by TripAdvisor travelers.

Here’s what I recommend.

Battery Park, including Castle Clinton

Battery Park, NYC

If you have that extra time on your hands, why not spend it exploring Battery Park? Take 30 minutes before or after your Statue of Liberty visit to check out some of the monuments and buildings. During my tours, I always make sure to start out with a quick overview of the park and everything there is to see.

There’s so much here:

  • Castle Clinton (which also serves as the ticketing office for the statue)
  • New York Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • American Merchant Mariners Memorial
  • Immigrants sculpture
  • Statue of Giovanni da Verrazano, among others

Take the time to look around Battery Park and you’ll be glad you did!

Pedestal and crown

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You can visit the pedestal in 30 minutes , but if there’s a long line for the elevator or lots of crowds, you may need longer. Or maybe you’re a photographer and want to allow extra time to take photos.

If seeing the pedestal isn’t enough for you, consider buying tickets all the way up to the crown. It’s a unique and limited experience that allows you to climb inside the body of the statue, all the way up to the tip of her head.

Just remember, if you want to see the crown, you must buy tickets online at least a few months in advance. This isn’t something we usually do with our tour, but for some people, it’s a must on their trip to New York. I would leave an extra 20-30 minutes if you’re planning to see the crown on top of the pedestal. Depending on how fast you climb, it can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to get to the top. It’s a tight space, so you only need about 10 minutes to see everything once you’re up there.

The Statue of Liberty Museum

Old torch in Liberty Island Museum

Again, 30 minutes would be plenty of time to experience all the content in the museum. There wouldn’t be anything extra to see that would require much more time.

If you want to learn even more about the statue, you could also visit the mini-museum inside the pedestal. However, you would need a pedestal or crown ticket in order to do so.

Extra time: Shopping, dining and photos

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Having extra time means being able to make room for some more leisurely activities. It’s also nice to be able to relax for a bit between Liberty and Ellis Island. You could spend this time buying a souvenir or getting food, but definitely make sure you get some good pictures too.

I always recommend leaving about 30 minutes to break on Liberty Island, but you could leave more or less time, depending on your preferences.

Ellis Island: 2-3 hours

exhibits at ellis island

Ellis Island is where you can really expand your schedule. While an hour gives you a good sense of the museum, you need at least 2-3 hours to really look through all the rooms and exhibits.

Definitely still visit the Registry Room and Wall of Honor. Then when you’re done, head up to the third floor to see even more. Read about some of the personal stories and learn what life was like for an Ellis Island immigrant . See pictures of an abandoned Ellis Island, and step into a recreated immigrant dormitory.

The Ellis Island registration building is one of the city’s most thorough and detailed museums. Many people who visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island just skip right over most of it, but it’s worth the extra time.

Bonus: Hard Hat Tour

Ellis Island hospital

Here’s something a little extra if you have even more time and want to make a day of it.

In my opinion, the most fascinating part of Ellis Island is the area that’s restricted to visitors. Across the island from the immigration building is an entire hospital complex that once served thousands of immigrants. It’s been closed to the public since the 1950s.

However, you can still get to see it in person by joining the Save Ellis Island Foundation on a Hard Hat Tour. This 1 hour experience takes you through multiple abandoned buildings and explains the significance that the hospital played in the lives of many immigrants.

Admission on the tour isn’t included with a standard ticket. It must be bought separately either online or in person at Ellis Island. If you’re not interested in spending the extra money, you could easily use this time to explore more of the exhibits on Ellis Island.

Buffer room for less stress

tour group at the statue of liberty

With more time to spare, you’ll be less rushed getting from place to place. This is especially helpful if you have a reservation or timed booking to get to.

As before, 15-30 minutes would be plenty of time to make up for any boat delays, long lines or crowds. Be sure to build in this buffer, no matter how long you choose to spend at the Statue of Liberty. It makes things so much less stressful!

No matter how much time you spend, it’s time well spent

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Really, it doesn’t matter if you spend more or less time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as long as you enjoyed the experience. But now you’re better prepared and won’t be overwhelmed by all of the options.

If you want even more advice to better plan for your trip, check out our 11 tips for visiting the Statue of Liberty .

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