I've seen her so many times from my airplane window, drifting past her as I headed into NYC, bound for a further destination, always thinking "oh cool, look ... it's her". I also thought "I'll go see her one day"...
Well, the day came.
We saw her, the lady that offered freedom and hope to many weary travelers, years ago. First generation americans saw her as a new beginning, when they sailed over in ships, full of hope from foreign lands.
The Immigrant monument shares diversity and welcome. A historical depiction in Battery Park, a preparation of the journey ahead.
The ferry will first take you to Liberty Island, you will meet her royal highness and be in complete awe. There are stunning veiws of Manhattan, a large park, places to eat and of course, the opportunity to get to know Lady Liberty.
Your stair climb will be inside of liberty's pedestal, unless of course you're lucky enough to score crown tickets.
We took the elevator to the top of the pedestal, it gets crowded up there, but again... worth it! There is no elevator from the pedestal to the crown.
Lady Liberty's Shadow...
After you've explored Liberty Island you'll wait another 45-60 minutes in line for the return ferry. If you book your tickets early enough you'll also be able to explore Ellis Island and "The Immigration Museum" as well. We had afternoon tickets, so we didn't get off at Ellis Island, the ferry stops there before returning to Battery Park. I completely regret that now, as Ellis Island is rich in American history. Seriously, what was I thinking (an excuse to return? Perhaps?) Ellis Island is where the vast majority of immigrants stopped before being allowed into the United States. There were families living in quarantine and many obstacles to encounter for the past hopeful settlers.Read about the history of Ellis Island here
Visiting "The Gateway to America" is one of the cheaper tourist destinations in NYC. Manhattan and it's surrounding areas are VERY expensive, so $25 for a Ferry ride to and from two islands, plus entrance into Ms. Liberty, is a bargain!
She's breath taking to sail past...
The Official Statue of Liberty site
Read about it here...
A visit to Liberty & Ellis Island will take up the majority of your day, so plan accordingly and enjoy.
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