Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, a longtime symbol of freedom and democracy, is one of New York's most recognized landmarks

Statue of Liberty up close
Statue of Liberty up close cc licensed photo by sboneham

Located in the New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty was an international gift of friendship from the people of France and has become an icon of freedom, democracy and the United States.

Designed by Frédéric Barthold, Lady Liberty's robe is representative of the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas, bears a torch symbolising America's pursuit of enlightenment and clutches a tablet bearing the date of America's independence in Roman numerals. Standing 152 feet tall and raised on a 150 foot pedestal, the hand-hammered copper skin and steel support skeleton were shipped from France in 350 pieces, the Statue of Liberty took four months to assemble and was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Access to the Statue of Liberty is limited to ferries through Statue Cruises departing from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. While many other operations offer sightseeing tours that include the Statue of Liberty, Statue Cruises is the only service offering access to Liberty Island. Free tours are lead by rangers around Liberty Island with no reservations required. Access to any level of the Statue of Liberty requires advance reservation made through Statue Cruises.

The Statue of Liberty's 11 point star-shaped platform is a granite fortification known Fort Wood was a little used military installation until it was taken over by the National Park Service in 1944. The Statue of Liberty's pedestal designed by Richard Morris Hunt faces the southeast to greet ships entering New York Harbor. Inside the lobby, an exhibit of the original torch, observation decks and an interpretive historic exhibit, including life sized replicas of the monument's face and foot. Reservations for access to this area should be made at least a fortnight in advance to avoid disappointment.

Access to the Crown was made available on July 4, 2009, following a closure in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Visitors can climb the 354 stairs to the Statue of Liberty's crown of seven spikes, representing the seven continents and oceans in the world. Reservations should be made months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: New York, NY 10004, USA

Phone: (212) 363-3200

Official Website: Statue of Liberty

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1South Ferry4 minutes
N or RWhitehall Street5 minutes
4 or 5Bowling Green5 minutes

How to get to Statue of Liberty by Subway

Take the 1 train to South Ferry, turn left into Battery Park or take the N or R train to Whitehall Street, head north toward Pearl Street, turn left on Bridge Street, follow path into park or take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, head south on Broadway, turn right on Battery Place, turn left on Greenwich Street and continue into park.

Look for the Statue Cruise Ticket Office is located inside the Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park purchase the Liberty Island ticket.


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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Statue of Liberty National Monument Star Rating

4 Star Rating Visited Statue of Liberty today and was very impressed. The cruise was straightforward, go through security and you're in. Once you land on the island, drop the bags off and head through another checkpoint before you get to the pedestal. I wasn't happy with having to pay $2 to rent a locker to keep my bag until I've finished the tour. However it was alright as it's for a once in a lifetime visit to the statue of Liberty.

Sanka Illangakoon - 8 hours ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful and glorious, the Statue Of Liberty is a popular attraction. Long ques form from early in the morning throughout the whole day, so, if you're planning on visiting I recommend arriving early. Once past the security checks and on board the ferry to Liberty Island, ensure to reserve a seat on the top deck - yes, it may be windy and a little chilly during the winter months, but it'll make for the best photos and video footage.

Dale-icious - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome place to see NYC. Can't see the Statue of Liberty from here at all, even though it's right there. Nice 9-11 memorial & the new World trade center is just across the river. Not much to do other than look at city, or take the ferry to Ellis island, which is what the park is meant for. I bet on a nice warm night this place would be amazing. I went on a freezing cold day & very happy I did.

anthony defabees - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating I had such an amazing time visiting. She's so beautiful and I had the chance to go into the crown. It's a long double helix stairs you have to climb but it's worth it. The old torch is displayed and they are currently building a museum for it. I'm looking forward to returning and seeing the building fully complete. The gift shop has a lot of options and I had fun shopping in there too.

Angie Bailey - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Visiting the Statue of Liberty while in New York is a must. The island is very pleasant and you can just walk around at your leisure. Liberty herself is very majestic and just an amazing thing to see in person. The views from the island are also amazing. You can get very good shots of Lower Manhattan as well as the surrounding area. If you go to New York do not miss out on going to Liberty Island.

M Bell - 1 month ago

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