Is the Statue of Liberty at the top of your family’s list when you visit New York City? It took me 40 years to finally get to New York City for the first time and you better believe the Statue of Liberty was a must-see for my family.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the great symbols of American liberty. It is also a national park. On Liberty Island, you’ll find the Statue, of course. You are free to walk around it. You’ll also get views of Lower Manhattan, lawns and gardens, a small statuary and amenities such as a cafe, gift shop and ranger desk.
For an additional fee, you can purchase access to the pedestal, which has an observation deck and museum. You can also purchase access to the crown, and enjoy the view from there.
Here are our tips for visiting the Statue of Liberty with your family.
Buy crown tickets at least three months in advance
Do you want to climb up to the Statue of Liberty’s crown? If so, tickets are limited and will likely sell out months in advance. You may need to reserve at least six months in advance for summer or other peak times.
It’s a strenuous climb, so climbers should be in good physical condition. Children must be at least 48 inches (1.2 meters) tall. For more information about climbing to the crown, visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument website.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the attractions included in the New York CityPASS. If you are planning to visit other top NYC attractions, such as the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you can save more than 40% on admission with CityPASS.
CityPASS does not include admission to the crown or pedestal. However, a limited number of free pedestal admissions are available on a first-come-first-serve basis to CityPASS holders. We received pedestal tickets by arriving as the first ferry was loading, without having to ask.
This is the most important tip for visiting the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most visited attractions in the United States and taking the Statue Cruises ferry is the only way that you can set foot on Liberty Island. Lines to board the ferry can get long. You will have to pass through an airport-like security screening to get on the ferry. You may have to wait just to purchase tickets to get into the security line and then the ferry line.
By arriving at Battery Park before 9:30 a.m., we avoided long waits for tickets, security screening and the ferry. We also received free pedestal tickets. When we returned to Battery Park a few hours later, lines were much longer.
I have been told that the ferry from Liberty State Park in New Jersey is less crowded. If you are driving your own car, there is parking available there too.