Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most visited monuments and a must for family visits to New York City. I took my daughter for her first time this summer and today I’m sharing my Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty.

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Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty

Everyone rushes to visit The Statue of Liberty in the summer months but fall and spring are also ideal seasons to visit. Don’t forget your camera (or cellphone) and binoculars for kids.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. The ferry offers amazing views of The Statue of Liberty.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. The ferry offers amazing views of The Statue of Liberty.

TICKETS AND PRICING

1- Unless you want to pay extra and wait in long lines, you need to buy tickets in advance! Book Statue of Liberty tickets directly on the National Park Service’s web site for best pricing and free pedestal access (subject to availability). Prices for the ferry, grounds and pedestal are $9 for children 4-12, $18 for adults and $14 for seniors. Add $3 for crown access. Children under 4 are free and you will want to bring a stroller. Summer and fall are the busiest times to visit so reserve a week or two in advance for pedestal access and 4-6 months in advance for crown access. Print tickets at home and go straight to the Battery Park security line which will save you at least an hour. Weekdays draw fewer crowds and unless you visit in summer, be prepared for a breezy ferry ride.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. Pedestal tickets offer amazing NYC views.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. Pedestal tickets offer amazing NYC views.

WHERE TO GO? CROWN VERSES PEDESTAL AND GROUNDS

2 – Before you book tickets, assess your family’s stamina and patience levels and decide on your viewing plan. To visit the crown, kids need to be at least 48 inches tall and able to climb 377 steps. Keep in mind that the security and ferry lines can be fairly long and it might take an hour or so to arrive on Liberty Island so be sure to board the ferry at least two hours before your ticket time. We got pedestal tickets and the views were amazing although I did have to lift my daughter up to see over the ledge. With these tickets, you can also walk around the entire star shaped multi-level base which wasn’t crowded and offered plenty of room to run around and take in the amazing views.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. There are several spots to enjoy a picnic lunch on Liberty Island.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. There are several spots to enjoy a picnic lunch on Liberty Island.

WHAT TO BRING

3 – This day trip will take at least four hours so bring snacks and pack a picnic lunch if you’re planning an afternoon visit. Food and beverages are allowed on the ferry and on Liberty Island but you will need to store these items in a locker ($2 for two hours so bring dollar bills) when you are inside the statue. Cameras, phones and water bottles are permitted inside. Food and drinks are available for purchase on the ferry, Liberty Island and Ellis Island but choices are limited and expensive.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. Be sure to grab a free audio tour.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. Be sure to grab a free audio tour.

GRAB A FREE AUDIO TOUR

4 – When the ferry arrives on Liberty Island, go directly to the audio tour booth and pick up a free audio tour for everyone in your group. Tours are available in multiple languages and there is a children’s version narrated by a bird that even young children will enjoy. You can go at your own pace and still listen to the tours which is nice. This was my daughter’s first time listening to an audio tour and I was amazed to see her pointing out the information she was hearing and talking about what the bird was telling her.

Top 5 Tips for Visiting The Statue of Liberty. Make sure to check out the museum located inside The Statue of Liberty.

Make sure to check out the museum located inside The Statue of Liberty.

DON’T MISS THE MUSEUM AND JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM

5 – For families with kids of all ages, be sure to check out the museum inside the statue’s base where you’ll find the original torch as well as other mementos and photographs. For families with kids ages 7-12, print out a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet and have your kids return a completed copy to the Liberty Island information center where they will receive a Junior Ranger Badge.

Have you visited The Statue of Liberty? What was your favorite memory?

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Comments

  1. Great tips! Looks like my 7-year-old son and I are headed to NYC in November. This will be my son’s first visit to New York so he wants to visit the Statue of Liberty, of course! Glad to know it takes so long to explore – we will schedule accordingly. And I think we’ll have to skip climbing to the crown, too.

  2. Thanks Colleen! November is a great time to visit NYC and the Statue of Liberty is a perfect option for a first-time visitor. Let me know if you need any help planning your trip.

  3. Hey thanks for the useful information!
    I’m ordering the ticket for “Pedestal Adult Reserve with Pedestal” and I reserved my time for 12:00pm. Does that mean that the ferry leaves at 12pm or does it mean that I have to get on a ferry at 10am in order to arrive at the island on time? Also, if I printed out my eticket online, which line up do I go to when I arrive at the ferry station?
    Thanks!

    Brooklyn

    • If your tickets are for noon, thats the time you will be let into the entrance so yes, the 10 am ferry will give you plenty of time to get over there in time. You can go straight to the security line with printed tickets, go past the brick ticket booth and look for the white tent near the water for the security entrance. Hope you have a great time!!!

  4. Danielle says:

    Hello,

    If I purchase 11AM tickets for the Pedestal, are you suggesting that I get to Battery Park at 9AM? Do I walk around Liberty Island afterwards or go straight to the security line for the Monument entrance? Thank you very much for the advice and I love the blog! Very helpful for planning my first trip to NY.

    • Yes, getting there two hours before your reservation is perfect. You can try getting into the Monument early or else walk around Liberty Island or the museum. The security line and boat ride will probably take an hour depending on when you go. Enjoy your trip and let me know if you have any other questions!

  5. Thank you so much, your tips are very helpful, I saved $7 per ticket just for buying directly on the website you have on tip #1.

  6. I’ve got basic ticket option (new york reserve) will i be able to access the museum. what i am missing out with this ticket option? Secondly pedestal access is good option for families with kids (age 1-8).

    • Thanks for reading Jalal. You can access the museum and grounds with that option. The pedestal access is a great option for kids that age but you will need to lift the little ones up in some areas to see the views.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, especially if you’d like to ascend to the pedestal or all of the way to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. You can’t upgrade your ticket once there. My son isn’t much of a hiker – he always complains that his legs hurt when we embark on long walks – so I bought the pedestal tickets. Big mistake! He was sorely disappointed that we couldn’t climb all of the way up. If you aren’t sure, spend the extra bucks for the bigger adventure. Included in our ticket, we also could have explored nearby Ellis Island to learn about its role in America’s immigrant past. With our tight schedule, though, we opted to head straight back to Manhattan. (Read more Statue of Liberty tips from The Globetrotting Travel Mama here.) […]

  2. […] The Statue of Liberty is a perfect day trip for a NYC vacation or staycation. Before you go, be sure to check out my Top 5 Tips for Visiting the Statue of Liberty. […]

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