It was announced not long ago that Lady Liberty will be undergoing a “make-over” and will be open for limited access to visitors for about a year. As of October 29, 2011, the interior access to the Statue of Liberty will be temporarily restricted as she gets a $27.25 million ‘facelift’, a project intended to improve visitor safety and accessibility. Liberty Island will remain open to visitors during the planned improvements but access will be limited so we though this was a great time to hare some details on how you can visit one of New York’s most spectacular landmarks before the renovation project begins.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. She was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. Thousands of people visit daily, not only to see a part of NYC history but for the amazing views from Liberty Island.
Admission to Liberty State Park is free, but you must buy a ferry ticket to get there. Use the reservation system at www.statuecruises.com to avoid long lines (wait time can be up to 90 minutes). Adults $13; Senior Citizens (62+) $10; Children (4-12) $5; Children 3 and under free.
Ferries to the island depart from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Liberty Island closes at 6 p.m. and the last ferry returns to Battery Park by 6:30 p.m. Schedules are updated and revised frequently, so please check the official ferry schedule.
Tours & Experiences:
When booking your ferry tickets online, you will have the option to ‘upgrade’ your ticket for a “Crown Ticket” which costs an additional $3 and includes access to the Museum and Pedestal, otherwise, your general ferry tcket will include access to just the Museum and Pedestal. Ranger Tours of Liberty Island are also available and free and do not require reservations or tickets.
To get to the ferry, take the following subways: 4/5 to Bowling Green; N/R to Whitehall Street; 1 to South Ferry. Follow the signs to Castle Clinton to buy tickets for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.