- Listed in Landmarks
- Liberty Island, United States
New York, NY 10004
- Statue of Liberty website
- Open daily except Christmas Day, December 25.
Ferries leave twice a day, times depend on season. Boats leave at either 8:30 am or 9:30 am and 4 pm or 3:30 pm. Check website for the most up to date schedule.
- Appropriate for ages - years old
- Cost: $$
About Statue of Liberty
Offered as a gift from the French in 1886, the Statue of Liberty national landmark is one of American’s most cherished treasures. Situated on Liberty Island inside the New York City Harbor, public access can only be obtained by Ferry boat only. The statue, which stands over 30o feet (including torch), underwent major renovations in the mid-80s due to natural erosion and again in 2011 and 2012 because of the damaging effect of Hurricane Sandy.
The statue was closed to the public after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC as a precaution. Federal officials believed the statue maybe be a target for anti-American violence. In 2009, President Barrack Obama’s administration reopened the monument to the public with limited access. Tickets should be purchased well in advance since this landmark is very popular and tends to book up many months out.
Currently visitors must make a reservation well in advance to visit the statues pedestal and or ascend to the crown.
- Crown ticket requirements:
- Children must be at least 4 feet tall
- Only four tickets can be purchased at one time and only one reservation can be made every six months
- Families must provide the names of all those in their party of four who will be climbing up to the crown
- All adults must show picture ID
- The stairs include 377 steps on a spiral staircase. Children afraid of heights may not enjoy this activity. Head clearance is 6 feet.
- Strollers are permitted on the ferry and around the park but NOT inside the monument. Locker rentals are available at the crown check in point.
- ONLY medication and cameras are allowed inside the monument.
- Wait times to board Ferries to Liberty Island can be 90 minutes long
Parents can download an activity guide for The Statue of Liberty, geared towards children ages 7 – 12.