If you’re visiting NYC, you already know that the Statue of Liberty is among the City’s—and America’s—most beloved landmarks. A gift from France to the United States, Lady Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Ever since, she has been a beacon for immigrants seeking a better life in the United States. Designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), the 305-foot monument bears a torch in one hand and a tablet in the other. The words “July IV, MDCCLXXVI” are engraved on the latter—the date of the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there? Statue Cruises runs the official ferry from the Battery in Lower Manhattan to Liberty Island (and Ellis Island, as well). The ferry is the only way to reach the island.
Can I get into the crown? Yes, but you need a special ticket, and those sell out fast, so book at least two months in advance. Note: you can't purchase crown (or pedestal) tickets on Liberty Island itself.
How do I make a day of it? One way is easy: ferries carry on to nearby Ellis Island, which is included in your ticket and also has much to see. There is plenty to explore in Lower Manhattan, the neighborhood from which your ferry departs and to which it returns. And on Liberty Island itself, the statue’s base includes a museum.
Just out of curiosity, how much does the statue's copper skin weigh? It’s 62,000 pounds. Pretty cool, right?
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