Traveling to New York City to visit the Big Apple’s many landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, is a rite of passage for many Americans. This monument, in particular, represents freedom and the hope of a better life. In addition to the actual Statue, the site also features a 26,000 square foot museum with three gallery spaces designed to educate and inspire visitors as they learn more about its representation and meaning.
Guests to Liberty Island can also visit nearby Ellis Island to immerse themselves in the life of the early immigrant to the United States. Together, these two historical sites deliver an informative and moving experience. Here is everything that you need to know about planning your trip to this special monument.
In order to reach the Statue of Liberty, you must purchase a ticket through Statue Cruises. This transport is the only provider that is authorized by the National Parks Services to visit both the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.
You can also visit the statue as part of the authorized New York CityPass. Ferries to the island can be caught from either Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
CHOOSING YOUR TICKETS
There are a variety of ways that you can experience the Statue of Liberty. Tickets to the crown are the most coveted passes. These must be purchased well in advance of your visit. You can also purchase a ticket to the pedestal, allowing you to climb the stairs to the balcony.
For those less adventurous travelers, you can decide to visit the museum and stroll the grounds of Liberty Island, taking in the majesty of the statue and the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.
WHERE TO STAY
There is no shortage of hotels close to the Statue of Liberty. If you want to make a trip to New York City part of your adventure, choosing a hotel in Lower Manhattan will provide the easiest access to the statue. The Residence Inn by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Area is just a few short blocks from the ferry access in Battery Park. This hotel provides spacious suites, a complimentary hot breakfast, and easy access to all of the sites of New York City.
Or choose the Hyatt House Jersey City, with its modern suites and stunning views of the Big Apple just across the Hudson River. Conveniently located just next to the Exchange Place District, this hotel provides easy access to a myriad of restaurants and shopping opportunities to make your stay more comfortable. It is close to the ferry that can bring you right over to the Statue of Liberty.
WHERE TO EAT
Regardless of where your travels take you, it is easy to find a bite to eat before or after your visit to Lady Liberty. If traveling from New Jersey, the Exchange Place District delivers a cornucopia of mouth-watering options such as the Piggyback Bar and its Asian-inspired cuisine and waterfront views. The Porto Leggero offers premium Italian eats with an upscale vibe.
In Manhattan, you will find a bevy of options near the ferry terminal in Battery Park. Blue Smoke Battery Park City will satisfy your thirst for barbeque and bourbon or choose the Inatteso Pizzabar Casano with its Neopolitan-style pizzas.
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