Best Time To Visit The Statue Of Liberty
When I moved to New York City a year ago, one of the first things I did was create a bucket list. Since I moved here knowing this city won’t be my forever home, I wanted to make sure I lived life to the fullest while in New York, and truly took advantage of all the many enchantments this place has to offer. Number four on my bucket list reads, “ Go to the top of Lady Liberty.” I’m so thrilled to say that finally, after an entire year of planning out the best time to tour the Statue, my husband and I can cross this adventure off our list!
"Good info to stumble upon since we are wanting to do this over Christmas week! Ill be scheduling the tour of the crown right away!" 5 stars by Trish
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Making A List
When I moved to New York City a year ago, one of the first things I did was create a bucket list.
I mean come on; it’s the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, meaning there is so much to do, at any given time. Since I moved here knowing this city won’t be my forever home, I wanted to make sure I lived life to the fullest while in New York, and truly took advantage of all the many enchantments this place has to offer.
The Statue Of Liberty
Worth The Wait
Number four on my bucket list reads, “ Go to the top of Lady Liberty.” I’m so thrilled to say that finally, after an entire year of planning out the best time to tour the Statue, my husband and I can cross this adventure off our list.
Just as I expected, visiting the Statue of Liberty was one of the most enriching experiences I’ve had since living in New York. Taking in the view of the city skyline while huddled together in the crown was truly breathtaking. With the Liberty Island being just a boat ride away, I left wishing everyone could experience a moment that monumental.
The key to ensuring your visit to Lady Liberty is planning ahead of time, especially since you have to secure reservations in order to enter the museum, pedestal or crown!
Ever since both Liberty and Ellis Island were reopened in 2013 after being largely submerged and damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, people have had to plan their trips to visit months beforehand.
For over a decade now, the National Park Service has implemented the reservation system. That said, they strongly recommend making advanced ticket reservations. It is important to know that crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only! Securing reservations beforehand will not only allow you to select your desired level of access, but it will also eliminate waiting in line for tickets!
New York Skyline
In case you are unaware, there are three types of tickets to choose from when visiting Liberty Island.
1. Ground Only: This ticket is the most widely available. Since the pedestal and crown tickets require advanced reservations, the grounds-only ticket is allocated when all reservations are full.
2. Pedestal Ticket: This ticket grants access to the inside of the pedestal, the museum, and the Fort Wood level. These tickets are limited so it is highly advised to make reservations!
3. Crown Ticket: This ticket is the ultimate access pass. With this ticket, you have access to the crown, the pedestal, the museum, and the Fort Wood level. If there is any chance you might want this ticket, book now! These tickets are often reserved up to six months in advance – yes, you read that right, six months!
Skipping The Crowds
I have seen the line for the Statue of Liberty in the summer, and as you probably might have guessed, it is not a pretty sight – People standing outside in the heat of the summer, waiting for their turn to explore.
While the wait is definitely worth it, I would just prefer to skip the crowds! That is why my husband, Derek and I decided to check this item off our bucket list in the midst of winter. The Saturday we had reservations, there was actually snow on the ground from a previous winter storm! To my surprise, the ferry that took us to the island was still full! Luckily, we had made our crown reservations beforehand, so there wasn’t much waiting around.
I didn't really know what to expect before climbing up to the crown. I think what blew my mind the most were the steps. Talk about some small spaces.
I've climbed my share of spiral staircases, but none quite like this one. No lie, I was basically hugging the railing the entire way up. Small spaces with little-to-no light – Yeah, definitely didn't expect anything like that, but man was the climb worth the view!
A Different View
On our way down from the crown was when we stopped and toured the pedestal. I have to say that was just as incredible.
Looking straight up to see Lady Liberty standing there so strong, right in front, was absolutely breathtaking. And then to turn right around and see the beautiful skyline, well that moment couldn’t have been better. Despite the fact that you must plan ahead for this visit, I would definitely recommend exploring Liberty Island. It brings New York to life in an entirely new perspective.
We unfortunately did not have enough time to visit both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; however visiting them both in one day is doable!
We have already planned to return so that we can learn more about the “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Ellis Island was where over 12 million immigrants were processed. To so many, this location was the first stop to the “American Dream.” Fortunately, this all ferry tickets include access to Ellis Island, and the museum is open to the public. I would highly recommend taking the time to tour this island as well!
Below are just a few fun facts I learned while visiting the museum:
• Did you know that when shipped from France to New York, she came in 350 pieces?
• Did you know that once she was delivered, it took four months to put her together? She was completed on October 28, 1886.
• The Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors following September 11, 2001, but Liberty Island was reopened on December 20, 2001? However, on July 4, 2009 the Crown was once again made accessible to visitors.
• The Statue of Liberty’s original torch was the first part constructed in 1876. In 1984, it was replaced by a new copper torch, which is covered in 24K gold, and is lighted by floodlight during the night. The original torch is currently displayed in the lobby of the monument. However, access to the torch has been closed since 1916.
To learn more, and plan your own visit, check out the full website here