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Visiting Liberty Island

 Visiting the Statue at Liberty Island

A self-guided audio tour is included with each ferry ticket and can be picked up at the Antenna Audio booth on Liberty Island. The audio tour helps visitors learn about the Statue of Liberty while exploring the grounds of Liberty Island and runs 30 - 40 minutes. The adult tour is offered in nine languages and the children's tour (ages 6-10) in five. A descriptive audio tour is also available for the visual-impaired.


The Information Center offers brochures and a captioned video chronicling the story of the Statue of Liberty. Schedules for the Ranger guided tours and ferries are also available.

Park Rangers provide free English-language guided tours throughout the day which take 30-45 minutes. Tours will provide a general history of the island and of the Statue, including important figures in the Statue's construction, the Statue's many symbols and the 1980s centennial restoration project.

The famous “Liberty Bike” built by Orange County Choppers and refurbished by Willis Johnson, founder of Copart, returned to Liberty Island June 3, 2015 after a 2-1/2 year absence due to Hurricane Sandy. This special motorcycle was commissioned by Gold Leaf Corporation and is entirely plated in copper preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty through an exclusive agreement with The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.

Pedestal and Crown

The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal, designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, was designed to complement the Statue rather than overwhelm it. The top of the pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument. The pedestal offers panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor. Since pedestal access is limited, advanced reservations are highly recommended. There is no additional fee for pedestal access, but tickets must be obtained before boarding the ferry for Liberty Island. All pedestal tickets include access to the Liberty Island Museum.

The Liberty Island Museum chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries--France and the United States--overcame to build a symbol of liberty and includes the original torch display. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its construction in 1886. A pedestal or crown ticket is required to access the Liberty Island Museum. 

Crown access is limited. Advanced reservations are required, and there is an additional fee.

Crown access includes the Liberty Island Museum and the pedestal observation level. Expect to see panoramic views at the pedestal observation level, limited views of Brooklyn from the crown level and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's framework that supports the Statue of Liberty. Anyone visiting the crown must be able to walk up at least 146 stairs on a confined spiral staircase. (In total, there are 377 stairs from the lobby up to the crown.) Crown access is limited. Tickets require an additional fee and must be purchased in advance. 


For ferry ticket and schedule information:

Call 1-877-LADY-TIX or Visit Statue Cruises

Statue Cruises is the only provider authorized by the National Park Service to take visitors to the Statue of Liberty.  Tickets may also be purchased at the ferry departure points in Battery Park in NYC or Liberty State Park in NJ. For additional information such as accessibility, visitor safety & security and operating hours, please see the National Park Service website for the Statue of Liberty National Monument


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