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Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City
Fast Facts




Liberty Island
New York
New York 10004
+1 212 363 3200
Historic Interest

Statue of Liberty, New York City


Photo by National Park Service

If your children anything like mine they know much about the Statue of Liberty. They've seen it on the screen - movies, television programs and video games. They're read about it in books. They've learned lots about the Statue of Liberty in school. Kids know that Liberty is a lady, that the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it, that it was a gift of friendship from France, and that Lady Liberty is an icon of freedom. They know that each of her features, from the broken chains at her feet to the seven rays of her crown, has a special meaning. They even know the source of her green color. So why take the children? There's nothing kids like better than touring a site they know lots about.
Getting There
The Statue of Liberty is situated on Liberty Island and is located in Lower New York Harbor. The site is accessible by ferry only. Ferries depart from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. All ferries stop at both Liberty and Ellis islands. Battery Park is easily reached by public transport. Liberty State Park is accessible by bus and car. The nearest light rail station is roughly 1 mile from the ferry terminal. Walking is the only means between the two. There is a pay parking lot at Liberty Park.
Hours & Times
The monument is open daily. Closed December 25. The ferry schedule is seasonal. An extended service operates on all holiday weekends and school holidays. Visitors setting out after 14:00 don't have enough time to visit both landmarks.
Admission & Fees
Entrance to the monument is free of charge. A fee is charged to visit the crown and ride the ferry. Audio tours are charged seperately. Reduced rates are available for seniors (aged 62+) and children aged 4-12. Children aged 3 and under are free of charge. Tickets can be booked online or purchased in person at the Castle Clinton National Monument in Lower Manhattan and Central Railroad Terminal Building and Museum in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. Advance purchase is strongly recommended in the peak season (summer and spring break) and all holiday weekends.
Things to Keep in Mind
Both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can be visited on the same ticket. All visitors are security screened before boarding the ferry. The screening can take 2 hours in summer. Wait times are generally shorter in New Jersey.
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