Tourists gather at the base of the Statue of Liberty. New York, USA.

The Statue of Liberty

Anyone who has visited Manhattan has probably spotted the iconic Statue of Liberty off in the distance. But getting up close and personal with this worldwide symbol of justice, fairness, and democracy is a must-do when you’re on vacation in New York.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the USA and was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was then listed as a National Monument in 1924. Located on Liberty Island, which is just south of Ellis Island, the statue is unsurprisingly one of the most visited tourist attractions in New York and the whole of the USA.

Access to the grounds and pedestal are technically free, however, visitors must pay for the ferry ride over, which is $18.50 for adults. Though access to the pedestal is free, reservations must be made to secure your spot. Guided tours and audio tours are also available on site.

Trekking up the 354 steps to Lady Liberty’s crown will cost a further $3, however, due to security reasons, places are limited and should be purchased at least three months in advance. The climb can take up to three hours, so those with physical injuries or claustrophobia might want to sit this one out.

Neighboring Ellis Island is home to the Immigration Museum, which is also well worth a visit. Between 1854 and 1954, the island was the first stop for immigrants to New York, so it’s a piece of history you won’t want to miss out on.

Admission: Ferry tickets $18.50 (seniors – $14, children 4-12 – $9, children under 4 – free). Crown tickets are an extra $3

Opening hours: Daily ferry from 8:30am to 4:15pm

Address: Liberty Island


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