The most exclusive tickets in NYC are Statue of Liberty tickets for INSIDE the Statue of Liberty Museum and there is only ONE way to get this reservation.

Statue of Liberty Tour and Ticket Options

Direct Reservations | Guided Escorted Tours | Helicopter Tours

Using New York Passes | Staten Island Ferry | Bus Tour Combo


Statue of Liberty Museum

Statue of Liberty TicketsDo not confuse Statue of Liberty tickets with Statue of Liberty boat tours to Liberty Island to walk the Liberty Grounds.

If visiting the Statue of Liberty and getting inside the Statue of Liberty Museum and/or climbing Lady Liberty’s Crown is important to you, then you have two choices:

1) Reserve your Statue of Liberty tickets (Monument Access Pass), either with or without $3.00 Crown Access directly at the Statue of Liberty Site

2) Book the best NYC Guided Tour to the Statue of Liberty, leaving from Midtown

Liberty Island and Ellis Island (Ellis Island is currently closed in 2013) are two different islands off the southern tip of Manhattan. The guides recommend 2.5-3 hours to see one island or 5-6 hours to see both. As of July 4, 2009, Lady Liberty has re-opened her Crown for us to climb (closed after terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001).

Getting to Liberty and Ellis Islands is easy and the Ferry Boat, including an audio tour, is $17 Adults, $14 Senior; $9 Children 4-12, Free Children under 4. Getting Statue of Liberty tickets, or a reservation, to actually enter the Statue of Liberty Museum, which costs $0, is the difficult part and usually booked 3 or more months in advance.

Reservations for Statue of Liberty Tours are accepted up to one year in advance. Make sure to check for elevator outages, or be prepared to climb 168 steps to get to the Museum (different than climbing the crown).

Skipping Step 3? Continue to New York City Broadway Tickets.

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Statue of Liberty Guided Tours

Statue of Liberty and 9-11 Memorial Tours

Statue of Liberty Guided ToursCheck out these great Guided Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tours. The professional tour guide meets you in Midtown (51st and Broadway, near Times Square) and takes the group on the subway to Battery Park, where you have special reserved priority access to enter the Liberty Island Ferry security, and a special reserved Monument Access Pass granting guaranteed entry inside the Statue of Liberty Museum.

They reserve your Statue of Liberty Museum and Ferry ticket on your behalf and offer a varitey of Guided Tours:

  • FREEDOM Comprehensive 9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan and Statue of Liberty Tour
  • WTC MEMORIAL and Lower Manhattan Tour
  • LIBERTY Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial Tour
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

ESCORTED and GUIDED tour of the Statue of Liberty – The professional tour guide meets you in Midtown (51st and Broadway, near Times Square) and takes the group on the subway to Battery Park, where you have special reserved priority access to enter the Liberty Island Ferry security, and a special reserved Monument Access Pass granting guaranteed entry inside the Statue of Liberty Museum.

The tour guide assists with security and entrance into the Statue, in returning to midtown and in suggesting other places of interest in Lower Manhattan. One you are on Liberty Island, the tour guide leaves you to enjoy your day. Included:

  • Subway fare, Ferry tickets, Monument Access Pass
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (when open) Audio Tours
  • A licensed New York City tour guide from midtown Manhattan to Liberty Island teaching about Battery Park, Castle Clinton, New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more

Make your Reservations EARLY at Guided Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tours

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More Statue of Liberty Tours

Note: These tours will offer views of Lady Liberty, or the ferry to Liberty Island, but not entry to the Museum, which you can book separately.

Statue of Liberty TourDowntown Tour + Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Combo tour includes Downtown Tour double decker bus and a ferry ticket to Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, and to Ellis Island, home of the Immigration Museum. CitySights also offers a Statue of Liberty Express Cruise, Statue By Night Cruise, Liberty Helicopter Tour and many more. Save 10% on a New York City Bus Tour 

On Board See it All! One Day NYC TourThe On Board See it All! Tour (5.5 hours) escorts you first class through NYC to visit over 20 attractions and includes a yacht cruise through NY Harbor to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Enjoy your free soda and bottled water as you stop and see Times Square, the World Trade Center, NY Stock Exchange, Madison Square Park, Flatiron Building, South Street Seaport, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and much more. More Info: NYC One Day Tours.

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Reservation Success

Great, now that you have Statue of Liberty tickets, you can plan your itinerary around visiting the Statue of Liberty and also note to yourself, when evaluating any Tours, Bus Tours and Attractions Passes, you have already paid the $17 Ferry fee and secured your spot on the Priority Security Line.

Statue of Liberty Tickets Not Available

No problem! There are still many options to view the Statue of Liberty, go to Liberty Island and walk around the grounds and/or see one of NYC’s best attractions, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Statue of Liberty and NYC Discount Passes

CityPASS
Choice of Circle Line OR
Statue of Liberty Cruise

NY Explorer Pass
Ferry, NY Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Cruise or ZEPHYR Liberty Cruise

New York Pass
Includes roundtrip Ferry Tour

New York CityPASS New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass The New York Pass
  • If you really want to see inside Lady Liberty, try for Statue of Liberty tickets at the main ticket booth, available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Try to secure Statue of Liberty Tickets from Liberty State Park (the New Jersey side). You will have to take PATH train from NYC to board the Ferry, but you can take the ferry back to Battery Park City.
  • See her up close from the water, by taking the FREE Staten Island Ferry.
  • Buy a Ferry ticket (Flex Pass) or use the Ferry Pass included in all the sightseeing discount passes, to go to Liberty Island (to walk around) and Ellis Island, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is well worth seeing!
  • See the original sonnet Statue of Liberty Inscription (The New Colossus) at the American Jewish Historical Society.

Staten Island Ferry

Statue of Liberty Ferry

Statue of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry

If Statue of Liberty tickets are not an option, then the Staten Island Ferry is a great choice for those with less patience for lines and Musems. Kids love the SI Ferry. It’s free, passes very close to Lady Liberty, runs every 30 minutes and takes approximately 25 minutes each way.

NYC Insider note: 1, 4, 5, N, R subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines., Exit South Ferry, Whitehall Terminal is the Manhattan port and St. George Terminal is the Staten Island port, 4 South Street. 

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New York City Helicopter Tours

NYC Helicopter Tours

New York City Helicopter Tours

Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Manhattan on one of our many NYC Helicopter Tours. Times and tours vary, but you will likely see the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Ground Zero Memorial, World Trade Center and Ellis Island downtown. If your tour heads uptown, Central Park is gorgeous from the sky, and near some of the beautiful buildings that make up our world-famous skyline, such as the the Empire State Building, Chrysler and Met Life Buildings.

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NYC Restaurant with Statue of Liberty View

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Liberty View Chinese Restaurant
21 South End Ave (West Thames St), Battery Park City

http://www.libertyviewrestaurant.com

Reasonably-priced, family-friendly Chinese food with indoor and outdoor seating. The best part? Lovely views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New Jersey. Is it the best Chinese in NYC? No, but it’s really good and certainly the Chinese restaurant with the best NYC views – plus you can print coupons directly from their website!


NYC’s Best View of the Statue of Liberty

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View of the Statue of Liberty from RISE

Update: RISE is now only open for private events. Stay tuned while I research other views of Lady Liberty.

The view from RISE is spectacular! Head to the 14th floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park City, spend the $12 on a martini, and take in the sunset over the Statue of Liberty and panoramic views of the NYC Skyline.

Definitely try the “New Yorker” three tier platter, especially fun for kids!

The mini hot dogs, hamburgers, pastrami sandwiches, pizza and deli sandwiches offer a great taste of NYC’s classics!
Call for hours – they open around 4pm. 

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Statue of Liberty Inscription

“Give me your tired, your poor…”

Statue of Liberty Inscription

Statue of Liberty Inscription, “The New Colossus”

The “New Colossus,” written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, was memorialized in 1903 with a bronze plaque placed on the inner walls of the Statue’s pedestal. It is currently displayed in the Statue of Liberty exhibit. The original handwritten sonnet is housed at the American Jewish Historical Society

The New Colossus

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”
cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your
poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

—Emma Lazarus, 1883

Read more about seeing the original Statue of Liberty sonnet free!

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Statue of Liberty Tickets and Security Screenings

There are two screening points to get to Liberty Island, once you have Statue of Liberty Tickets. The first is to get onto the Ferry and a second to get into the Museum. Wait time to go through the first security and screening process is usually 45-60 minutes. There is NO WAY to shortcut this line other than have a Reserved Monument Access Pass.

All visitors, regardless of their type of Statue of Liberty tickets, are permitted to visit the Liberty Island grounds and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. 

Ferry Fees and Audio Tour:
$17.00 Ages 13+
$14.00 Seniors 62 and over
$9.00 Children 4-12

Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island are located in Lower New York Harbor, slightly over one mile from Lower Manhattan. Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible by ferry service only.

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Statue of Liberty Scheduled to Re Open July 4, 2013

Update March, 2013 – The National Park Service expects to reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors by July 4, 2013. "July Fourth is the perfect day to reopen a symbol of our nation’s freedom, and speaks volumes about New York’s resilience," said Senator Charles E. Schumer. "Lady Liberty was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, but just like New York, she will be back – and stronger than ever."  More Info: Department of the Interior

Update November 10, 2012: While Lady Liberty was scheduled to re-open after almost a year of upgrades, sadly, she was knocked around a bit by Hurricane Sandy and closed until further notice.

As of November 1, 2011, all interior spaces of the Statue of Liberty are closed while upgrades are made to the 125 year old pedestal and the 200 year old fort base from which the statue rises. Liberty Island will remain open, so a visit should remain part of your travel plans.

What does this mean for you? If you are buying any of the New York Discount Passes, just use one of their free ferries to Liberty Island or one of the cruises that goes near the island, but does not drop you off. Do not purchase any separate tours or pass into the Statue of Liberty. National Park Rangers will remain on Liberty Island to greet, educate and inspire thousands visiting each day.

The plan is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

Nearby Attractions: Wall Street, Financial District, City Hall, South Street Seaport, Battery Park City.

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