New York City Travel Guide

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Statue of Liberty

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/20/2023

Fodor's Review

For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty, and today it remains a powerful symbol of American ideals. Liberty Enlightening the World, as the statue is officially named, was presented to the United States in 1886 as a gift from France. The 152-foot-tall figure was sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and erected around an iron skeleton engineered by Gustave Eiffel. It stands atop an 89-foot pedestal designed by Richard Morris Hunt, with Emma Lazarus's sonnet "The New Colossus" ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...") inscribed on a bronze plaque at the base.

There is no admission fee for either the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, but the ferry ride (which goes round-trip from Battery Park to Liberty Island to Ellis Island) costs $18.50 (includes entrance to the statue's pedestal and museum) or $21.50 (also includes access to the statue's crown via a narrow, twisting staircase). Ferries leave from Battery Park

(and from Liberty State Park in New Jersey) every 30–45 minutes depending on the time of year (buy your tickets online at There are often long lines, so arrive early, especially if you have a timed-entry ticket (strongly recommended; tickets sell out, especially to see the crown). A new museum about the statue's history and legacy, with artifacts including the original torch, is set to open in mid-2019. There is a pleasant indoor-outdoor café on Liberty Island.

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  • Aerial View, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York Harbour, Financial District, New York City, New York, USA, North America

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Sight Information


Liberty Island, New York, New York, 10004, USA


212-363–3200; 877-523–9849-ticket reservations

Sight Details:

  • Free; ferry $18.50 round-trip (includes Ellis Island), crown tickets additional $3

Published 04/20/2023


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