The Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, is a symbol of New York as well as the United States itself. The statue is 93 metres high and 354 steps must be climbed to reach the crown. In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a highly potent symbol of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.
To go up to the pedestal you will have to buy the tickets on the Internet weeks in advance, otherwise it is impossible to visit the statue’s observation deck, since only 30 people can enjoy the views per hour. Another option is to reserve a guided tour of the statue and Ellis Island, ideal for those who want a deep dive into the history and significance of the main symbol of New York. To avoid the typical crowding we suggest you to make your visit early.
Exploring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (Immigration Museum) including ferries in both directions can take a few hours but most tourists can also take 5 or 6 hours. Between 10 am and 11 am the ferry tends to get very busy so the best time to avoid the crowds is before 10 am: at 8.30 the first ferry leaves so you should stand in line at 8.15 when Security opens.
Hop aboard a boat and walk around America's symbol of freedom
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Enjoy 60 New York minutes of freedom on a Statue of Liberty cruise!
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Get up close to Lady Liberty on a fun ferry tour with a guide or audio guide
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Explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before the huge crowds gather
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It is a a colossal neoclassical sculpture and a globally recognized symbol of New York.
The statue represents the figure of Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess, holding a torch above her head with her right hand. The torch held in the right hand is a symbol of the eternal fire of freedom and progress. With her other hand she holds a table with the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
The Statue of Liberty was donated by France to the United States on the occasion of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Indepence. An important date because it marks the beginning of the nation’s history.
Gustave Eiffel made the interior and the statue was designed by the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.
The seven points of the crown represent 7 seas and 7 continents in which the universal concept of freedom was to be spread.
Useful information for your visit to the Statue of Liberty.
It is located at the port entrance on the Hudson River in the centre of Manhattan Bay on rocky Liberty Island.
To visit the Statue of Liberty the times are as follows:
Times may vary according to the season
To reach the Statue of Liberty:
Ferry from Battery Park. To get to the dock:
Subway: South Ferry (line 1), Whitehall St/South Ferry (lines R and W) or Bowling Green (lines 4 and 5).
Buses: lines M1, M6 and M15.