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Statue of Liberty

Although the Statue of Liberty was closed after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, it re-opened on August 3, 2004. In order to enter the monument’s pedestal, a ‘Time Pass’ must be obtained before boarding the ferry to Liberty Island. Time Pass tickets are available from www.statuereservations.com or by calling 1-866-STATUE4. These tickets should be purchased 48 hours in advance, although a limited amount of tickets are available for purchase each morning with a ferry ticket from the ferry ticket office at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in New York or in the Railroad Terminal at Liberty Park in New Jersey.

Statue of Liberty

It is advised to arrive as early as possible as the lines for the ferry can get very long at peak times and on weekends. Without a Time Pass, visitors are only allowed to view the statue from outside, though it must be mentioned that even with a Time Pass, it is not possible to climb into the statue, though Time Pass visitors are allowed to visit the observation pedestal. In order to visit the observation deck, visitors must be able to climb 24 steps after exiting the elevator. There are guided tours around the island led by park rangers which take you through the Statue of Liberty Museum, and in and around Ft. Wood, which stands at the base of the statue. For those with Time Passes, a park ranger will lead you into the statue and to the observation deck.

Although Time Passes are free, when pre-booking a pass, a ferry ticket must be purchased as well. Ferry tickets cost: $10 Adults, $8 Senior Citizens (62 and over), and $4 for Children. There will also be a service charge of $1.75 for each ferry ticket purchased in advanced, but it is highly recommended that tickets are bought in advance to avoid missing out on the experience.

If you are short on time, or have no desire to actually visit Liberty Island, the Staten Island ferry is also available. The ferry’s terminal is at the east end of Battery Park, a few blocks from the Statue of Liberty ferry. The Staten Island ferry is a round trip through New York harbor, around the Statue of Liberty, takes only one hour, and best of all, costs nothing. If you do not have the time to spend in line for the ferry, or if you don’t want to spend time on Liberty and Ellis islands, this is a perfect way to see the statue.