The Statue of Liberty turns 136 this year, and that might be how long it’s been since you’ve considered visiting this iconic landmark. In the movies, the statue has been paraded through the streets of Manhattan as an avatar of the spirit of New Yorkers (“Ghostbusters 2”), dressed in Captain America’s shield (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”) and destroyed in virtually every sort of disaster, but good old Lady Liberty is still as strong as ever.
If you’ve never visited it on a school trip or with your family out of town, it’s worth seeing it up close at least once. Here’s how to get there.
You don’t need a ticket to enter the Statue of Liberty or the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, but you do need a ticket to take the ferry there. Here is a very important part: the only seller authorized to sell Liberty and Ellis Islands tickets is Statue Cruises. If someone else tries to sell you a ticket, don’t buy it!
Tickets include round-trip ferry rides, an audio tour, access to the Ellis Island Museum and the Statue of Liberty pedestal (the statue’s crown is not currently open to the public). Ferries run from morning to late afternoon. Check here for updated hours.
Where to buy tickets
You can purchase tickets at Statue Cruises ticket offices at Castle Clinton in Battery Park or at Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side. Get your tickets online in advance to avoid confusion when searching for the box office. Tickets start at $23.80.
Boat by, for free
It’s a hack we’ll repeat to our fellow tourists until the harbor runs dry: the Staten Island Ferry is a perfectly nice and free way to see the Statue of Liberty. The ferry departs from Whitehall Terminal, passes right by Lady Liberty, providing perfect photo opportunities (twice, with the return). Moreover, you can also buy cheap beer on board the boat.
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