The Statue of Liberty is the most well known symbol of the New York and the United States of America. It is a neoclassical copper sculpture of the Roman Goddess Libertas. The Goddess hold the torch of freedom in one hand. The other hand carries a tablate with the incription July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals. The monument was a gift from the people of France to the people of USA as a token of freedom and solidarity. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue and took help from the Eiffel Tower designer Gustave Eiffel to build the inside structure. Bartholdi constructed the statue in France and later shiped to the USA in pieces. He also chose Liberty Island, then known as Bedloe’s Island as the site for the establishment for the statue. This island now can be easily accessed from New York harbour.
Getting to the Statue of Liberty
There are interesting ways to reach the Liberty Island or view the Statue of Liberty. It is possible to have an aerial view of the monument using a helicopter tour. But most of the tourists reach the island via the statue cruises, which is easily accessible from the South Ferry metro station. The ferry ticket costs 18.50 USD per adult (as of July 2017). This ticket allows you to take the ferry to the Liberty Island, from Liberty Island to Ellis Island and from Ellis Island back to New York harbour.
- If you know when you want to go to Liberty Island, I would recommend you to book the ticket well in advance via the website. Ticket to the Island is usually not sold out. But if you want to have pedestal access or climb up to the crown, you have to book at least 2/3 months ahead. The view is still stunning without such access. But there is a small museum at the entrance. This museum is interesting if you want to know more details about the making of the statue. Also keep in mind that there are more than 300 stairs to the crown. So carry a water bottle if you are planning to climb up the crown. Before docking on the ship, you have to go through a security check. So make sure that you are not carrying any sharp or dangerous objects.
- The fame of Statue of Liberty often overshadows the nearby Immigration museum in Ellis Island. This island was the doorway of the 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954. If you are a white American, there is a 40% chance that one of your ancestors entered USA via this pathway. In my opinion, this is one of the most prominent museums in the country. If you want to know more about this museum, consider visiting here.
- If you are on a budget trip, or don’t have enough time to go to the Liberty Island in the visiting hour, consider taking the ferry to Staten Island any time of the day. On the way, you will also have similar postcard view of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline.
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