New York City has so many amazing attractions, but none as spectacular as the Statue of Liberty. Of all the attractions we saw on our trip, this one was the most memorable. It is not the easiest spot to get to, but you will be glad you did once you see her up close.
About the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York harbor. The copper statue is a gift from the French to the people of the United States. It was dedicated in October of 1886. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess. She is an icon of freedom and welcomes immigrants coming to the US from abroad.
To get to Liberty island you have to take a ferry. There is no cost to get to the base of the statue but there is a charge to ride the ferry. If you want to climb the staircase to the crown you must purchase a special crown ticket. We didn’t do this, but I wish we had. I bet it was an amazing view from that high.
When you first get to the ferry entrance there is a very long line and it is disorganized. We had purchased a city pass, but that did not matter as we still had to stand in a very long line to get our ferry ticket. They just scan the book and hand you a different ticket. You then move to another long line to get to the security screening area. Once you get through security you stand in a line to get on the ferry. You then wait a long time on the ferry for it to be loaded. I tell you this to prepare you. This is a very popular site with huge crowds. Remember to give yourself a lot of time, a few hours, in your schedule to get all this done.
The ferry is crowded but you do see a nice view of the statue from the distance and also Ellis Island. You can take the ferry to Ellis Island after you leave the statue if you choose. Once the ferry docks, you get off with the crowd and walk toward the statue. There is a small museum and gift shop area but it can’t handle the large crowds. I believe they are building a new museum on the island which should make it more fun to visit.
As you walk up to the statue you are struck but the sheer size of her. Words can’t really explain the feeling you get when you see her beauty and contemplate what she represents. The detail in her robe, crown, and book are impressive. I knew the statue would be amazing, but seeing it in person was much more touching than I expected.
It is very windy and the crowds are large but you can get good shots if you stand back a bit. You can see the surrounding water and get a view of the city also. The view from the island is very pretty. It was a sunny day but chilly with a very high wind. That made it a bit uncomfortable in the long wait for the ferry to leave the island. The crowds were large so that slowed the process down a good bit.
Overall it was a very memorable visit. I am so grateful that I got the chance to see such a magnificent statue that has so much history behind it. She is truly beautiful in design and what she stands for; our freedom. It is definitely worth seeing this as well as the Empire State Building if you are in NYC. If you are up to it, I would recommend buying the extra ticket to go to the crown. The view from there must be amazing.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul
Rating (4 stars):
Pros: Unique experience, beautiful statue, very memorable
Cons: long lines, disorganized, long wait in wind for ferry
Priority: High – rare opportunity to see a special monument
Savvy Tip: View from the crown would be amazing, so buying the extra ticket might be worth it
Cost: $18.50 general base ticket, $21.50 crown tickets. Cheaper with City Pass.