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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 Museum

Statue of Liberty Tickets

Do 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 Tours to the Statue of Liberty, leaving from Midtown

Liberty Island and Ellis Island 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 (the crown was 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 $19 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).

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Statue of Liberty Tickets and Tours

Freedom 9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan and Statue of Liberty Tour

NYC Insider Pick
Price starting at US$69
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour (StatueTour)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$51
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Statue of Liberty Early Access + Pedestal + Ellis Island

Bestseller
Price starting at US$4
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Statue by Night Tour with NY Water Taxi

Price starting at US$86
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Statue of Liberty Guided Cruise & Ellis Island Entrance

Price starting at US$24
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Statue of Liberty Express Water Taxi

Price starting at US$20
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Statue of Liberty Guided Tours

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

The 4.5 hour tour begins when you meet your expert guide at Castle Clinton in lower Manhattan and then board the ferry that will take you to both Liberty and Ellis islands (priority boarding access is included). You’ll start on Liberty Island, where you’ll learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty, and recieve a guided tour of the museum in the statue’s pedestal.

Then, on to Ellis Island, where your guide will share stories of the many immigrants who passed through the buildings, followed by a tour of the grounds and Ellis Island Museum where you can look up the records of your family members.

More Info: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Guided Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tours

Statue of Liberty Guided Tours

These Guided Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tours offer a tour guide who 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 variety of Guided Tours:

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

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.

48 Hour All Loops Bus + Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry

The All Loops Tour offers ticket holders 48 hours of sightseeing aboard the Gray Line’s famous double-decker buses on the four main itineraries: Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night.

More Info: NYC Bus Tour + Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island

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 $18 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

  • 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! Some of the passes include guided tours, but they are all very unclear on whether the pass also includes access to inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal
  • 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.
  • 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

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 Empire State Building, Chrysler and Met Life Buildings.

I LOVED my tour…check out some of my photos and review at New York City Helicopter Tour.

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NYC Restaurants with Statue of Liberty View

NYC Restaurants with Statue of Liberty View

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

Chinese food with a view! Very good food (for the location) and a perfect ground floor view of the Statue of Liberty with lovely indoor and outdoor seating. Is it the best Chinese in NYC? No, but it's really good and certainly the Chinese restaurant with the best NYC views.

Also check out Miramar Mediteranean & Seafood, right next door, upscale food and the same spectacular view of Lady Liberty.

NYC’s Best View of the Statue of Liberty

Statue-of-Liberty-Rise-View
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 Wagner Hotel (formerly the Ritz Carlton) 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:
$19.00 Ages 13+
$14.00 Seniors 62 and over
$9.00 Children 4-12

The 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.

The address for the Statue of Liberty departing Ferry is:

Castle Clinton National Monument
Battery Park, NY 10004

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Statue of Liberty Infographic

Up Close & Personal With Lady Liberty: The Ultimate Guide To Seeing The Statue Of Liberty from Circle Line Sightseeing

Up Close & Personal With Lady Liberty: The Ultimate Guide To Seeing The Statue Of Liberty

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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."  

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.

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

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Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

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  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
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