How to visit the Statue of Liberty


The world’s most recognisable statue almost ended up guarding the Suez Canal. The sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi drew up plans for Egypt, however the US’s higher monetary muscle noticed Lady Liberty heading west to New York City as a substitute. Here’s the whole lot you want to know should you’re planning on catching the ferry to meet her.

Main photograph: The Statue of Liberty, New York City (Alamy)

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Getting there

The solely approach to entry Liberty Island, Lady Liberty’s crown and Ellis Island for the Immigration Museum, is to board the Statue Cruises ferry service (round £18). The quietest time to take a ferry journey is on a Monday or Tuesday (pre-midweek college teams, post-weekenders); print your tickets at house and be at Battery Park by 7.45am to queue for the day’s first boat at 8.30am. Nab a rooftop spot on the starboard aspect for the finest views.

Most take the free (crowded) Staten Island Ferry; the savvy spend a number of kilos to cross to Governors Island from the Battery Maritime Building. You’ll get simply as shut and that horizon gained’t be transferring.

The Staten Island Ferry coming from Manhattan and passing by the Statue of Liberty
The Staten Island Ferry coming from Manhattan and passing by the Statue of Liberty (Getty Images)

Avoiding the crowds

There’s no getting round the US National Park Service, which closed the statue for eight years post-9/11. If you need to attain the crown, it’s essential to e book with Statue Cruises upfront on-line — no less than three months. But this does get you precedence entry into the queue for the ferry again, which might prevent hanging round for an hour.

What not to do

Turn up with heavy baggage or with out ID and also you gained’t be going wherever. Liberty Island is a nationwide monument, so put together for airport-style safety.

Don’t even take into consideration consuming on Liberty Island, the place meals is proscribed and fairly ropey. Instead, save your urge for food for the cheeseburger (“the Cadillac of burgers,” in accordance to Nat King Cole) at PJ Clarke’s, a Manhattan waterfront tavern that noticed the statue get to its toes in 1886 and nonetheless stares throughout at it in the present day.

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