Statue of Liberty - New York Attractions
Location: Liberty Island, New York, NY
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the people of the United States as a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution. The Statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the pedestal by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. After many delays (mostly due to financial challenges), the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886; just 10 years late for the Centennial celebration for which it was intended.
The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom and democracy. Today, visitors can visit Liberty Island to get an up close view of the Statue, including walking up 354 steps to the Statue's crown.
- When shipped from France to New York, the Statue of Liberty came in 350 pieces.
- Once delivered, it took 4 months to put the Statue of Liberty together, and was completed on October 28, 1886.
- The Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors following September 11, 2001, but Liberty Island was reopened on December 20, 2001. The Promenade and Observatory were reopened to visitors beginning August 3, 2004 by reserved ticket only. On July 4, 2009 the Crown was once again made accessible to visitors.
Statue of Liberty contact information:
- Statue of Liberty Phone: 212.363.3200
- Statue Cruises Phone: 877.LADY.TIX
- Nearest Subways to Statue of Liberty: 4/5 to Bowling Green; N/R to Whitehall Street; 1 to South Ferry (you must be in the first 5 cars of the train to exit at South Ferry). Follow the signs to Castle Clinton to buy tickets for the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Statue of Liberty Tour Reservations:
- Climb the Crown of the Statue of Liberty with a Crown Ticket, which costs an additional $3.00 and includes access to the Museum and Pedestal as well.
- Museum/Pedestal Tickets are free with Ferry ticket purchase.
More about the Statue of Liberty:
For the first time since September 11, 2001, the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty was reopened on August 3, 2004. On July 4, 2009, they reopened the Crown to visitors willing (and able) to hike the 354 steps in each direction. New guided tours of the Statue of Liberty focusing on the engineering behind the monument are available to visitors.
Security is very serious for visitors to the Statue of Liberty -- everyone will clear security (including x-ray inspections of baggage and walk through metal detectors) before boarding the ferry.
Time specific Crown of the Statue of Liberty tickets and Museum/Pedestal passes are available by phone (877-LADY-TIX) and in person at the Ferry Ticket Office. There is no additional charge for the passes, and visitors without tickets can still visit Liberty Island.
There are basic concessions available for sale on Liberty Island, including hot dogs, ice creams, and beverages. You might also want to bring a picnic to enjoy on the many grassy spaces surrounding Liberty Island.
Catch a Ferry to Liberty Island and/or nearby Ellis Island and explore the park grounds.
Ferries to Liberty Island also travel to Ellis Island. Your Ferry ticket purchase through Statue Cruises includes both, so take advantage of both if you can.