The Statue of Liberty is perhaps New York City's most familiar landmark and the easiest one to overlook since it's only accessible by boat. This historic monument has welcomed so many generations of hopeful Americans to our shores. The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island contains more than 25 million Port of New York passenger arrival records and 900 ship pictures circa 1892–1924.
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?