Statue of Liberty | Things to Do in New York

The Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet tall on Liberty Island welcoming more than 4 million visitors each year. A visit to the Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular things to do in New York.

Address: Liberty Island
Phone: 212-363-3200
Hours: Varies based on season – refer to the official Website
Admission: Refer to the Official Statue of Liberty Website 

The Statue of Liberty is an American symbol that stands in the New York Harbor on Ellis Island.  It was given to the United States as a gift from France.  The French shipped the statue to the America but the ship carrying the 300 pieces of copper almost sank in rough seas during the transport.  Thankfully, it safely arrived in New York on June 17, 1885.

About the Statue of Liberty:
As one of the most popular things to do in New York, the Statue of Liberty attracts 1,000’s of visitors every day. If you hope to visit and tour both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty you should allow 5 to 6 hours to take in both attractions.  

Aerial shot of Statue of Liberty
The French shipped the statue to the America but the ship carrying the 300 pieces of copper almost sank in rough seas during the transport.  The ship arrived in New York on June 17, 1885.

To explore the inside of the Statue of Liberty, you’ll need to purchase tickets in advance that provide transportation to the island and entry to the crown and pedestal of the statue. Only 1,000 tickets are made available each day to visit the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, and only 240 tickets are allowed per day for visitors to climb the 354 steps to tour the crown of the statue.  If you are unable to acquire tickets to tour inside the statue you can still enjoy the cruise the tour around the grounds and Liberty Island. 

The Statue of Liberty is the tallest statue in the country, and it includes 250,000 pounds of steel and 30 tons of copper. While her makeup is quite impressive, it is what Lady Liberty represents that attracts more than 4 million visitors each year.

Since its debut in 1886, The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of freedom.  Her outstretched arm has welcomed millions of immigrants, and she continues to fascinate visitors.

Located on Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty can be reached via ferry. While you must pay a fee for the ferry, there is no additional charge to visit the Statue of Liberty.   There are several ways to purchase tickets – ask our Hotel Concierge for assistance in acquiring these tickets and more information.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Visit Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Enjoy a self-guided or guided tour of Liberty Island including the Statue of Liberty and the American Museum of Immigration. These New York Attractions paint a picture of the lives of the millions of immigrants whose first glimpse at the shores of the United States were preceded by a look at Lady Liberty.

Once inside the Statue of Liberty, you can explore the museum in the pedestal and then begin the climb to the crown. The climb itself is strenuous 354 steps, the equivalent of 20 stories and this is recommended only for people in good physical health.

A visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is among the most popular things to do in New York.  Some come to learn about their own family’s history. Others just want to see this majestic statue that they’ve heard about all their lives and have seen in many movies.

Add a visit to the Statue of Liberty to your itinerary during your next visit to the city. 

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