The Statue of Liberty is the icon of the American dream dedicated on October, 28, 1886, and designated as a National Monument in 1924. A visit to New York City should include a day trip to visit this colossus, and if nothing else ride the Staten Island Ferry for a magnificent view as you pass by.
I failed to plan far enough in advance so there were no Crown tickets left, but was lucky enough to get tickets for the Pedestal. That said, be sure to plan, buy early, and enjoy the amazing Statue of Liberty Monument.
New York, Statue of Liberty ferries leave from Battery Park, and New Jersey ferries leave from Liberty State Park. Though tickets are available nearby both ferry docks, it is advisable to purchase tickets online to ensure a seat. Be early, as you will go through very similar checks as you would at an airport.
When loading, try to get on the right side railing for better viewing and photos. The ferry passes by the front of the Statue of Liberty on the way to Liberty Island. Ferry’s arrive at regular intervals on Liberty Island to drop off passengers and pick up those carrying on to Ellis Island or return to the dock.
Liberty Island has a trail around the Statue of Liberty, museum, cafe and bookstore, information center, and a gift shop and the Statue of Liberty atop Ft. Wood. There is another screening process to go through for ticket holders entering the Pedestal or the Crown.
The Pedestal has its own museum with details about the Islands’ history, Ft. Wood, the Statue of Liberty, and its restoration from 1982 to 1986. The Pedestal Museum exhibits are top notch, with life size duplicates of the face and foot of the Statue of Liberty. They replaced the original torch during the restoration and it is on display in the pedestal’s entry.
The Pedestal allows visitors the opportunity to take in the well-appointed museum and get out on the very top at the statue’s base. The view from the top is great. The extra cost for a Pedestal ticket is well worth it, and I imagine the Crown ticket would be as well. The Crown ticket also includes the Pedestal.
After exploring Liberty Island and getting back on the ferry, you have the choice of returning to the mainland or continuing on to Ellis Island.
Ellis Island is worth the trip and was once the cornerstone of American immigration. The receiving building itself is worth the trip just to take in the large tiled barrel-vaulted ceiling. As with all historical sites, there is plenty of documentation to read and grounds to walk.
This is a day trip to take when in New York or New Jersey. Whether an American citizen, wanting to be one, or just on vacation, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are a part of history that changed the world.