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

Statue of Liberty Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: New York, NY 10004, USA

Phone: (212) 363-3200

Official Website: Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Reviews

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5 Star Rating Our visit to the Statue of Liberty was a memorable experience despite the rainy weather. The rain did little to dampen our spirits as we were greeted by the iconic symbol of freedom and democracy. The boat trip to Liberty Island offered stunning views of the New York City skyline, adding to the excitement of the journey. Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close was awe-inspiring, and we were struck by its grandeur and beauty. Walking around the statue, we were able to appreciate its intricate design and the rich history behind it. Learning about the statue's significance as a beacon of hope and freedom was both educational and moving. Despite the weather, our visit to the Statue of Liberty was a highlight of our trip. It's a must-visit for anyone exploring New York City, offering a glimpse into the history.
Matthew G - a week ago

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5 Star Rating The Statue of Liberty in New York City is simply amazing. It offers a beautiful and diverse experience from start to finish. Arriving at Battery Park with the squirrels scurrying around is already a charming experience. Then, the pleasant albeit slightly swaying boat ride to the Statue of Liberty is breathtaking, especially when you finally pass by it up close. It's truly a thrilling moment, complemented by the magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline on the other side. Once on the island, it's busy but manageable, definitely not overwhelming. The spacious layout ensures that you can navigate comfortably without feeling crowded. You can leisurely stroll around Liberty and take in the sights from every angle without any rush. There's hardly any wait time to visit the pedestal of the statue, and once again, plenty of space to explore. We also ventured up to the Crown, the very top of the statue. It was absolutely stunning! Climbing up the narrow, winding staircase was a bit challenging, especially for someone like me who's not fond of tight spaces, but the experience was totally worth it. Despite the cramped and warm conditions, being at the top was incredible. You can even read the letters on the book and enjoy a breathtaking view, just as Lady Liberty does every day.
Maarten Stemvers - a week ago

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5 Star Rating It was much more peaceful than expected with a profound sense of history. Beautifully maintained park with so many different birds, trees and flowers. I really wish I had more time to explore. Definitely not disappointed and happy I had a chance to hop over the bridge before catching my flight home.
Daun Roche - a week ago

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5 Star Rating We had an amazing experience visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! We took the ferry from Battery Park, which offers departures from both the New York and New Jersey sides. The line was a bit long, but our pedestal tickets helped us skip most of it. I recommend booking a few months in advance for pedestal or crown tickets; the prices are nearly identical. The views of the New York City skyline from the pedestal were breathtaking. Overall, a must-do experience if you're in NYC!
Nakib - a week ago

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5 Star Rating The Statue of Liberty in New York stands as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Its majestic presence on Liberty Island captivates visitors from around the world. From its intricate design to its inspiring history, the statue represents the shared values of liberty, hope, and opportunity. Visiting this iconic landmark is an unforgettable experience, offering breathtaking views of the New York City skyline and a profound appreciation for the ideals it represents.
Kevin Hofmann - a week ago

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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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