Statue of Liberty/Liberty Island
Some people are satisfied with seeing the statue of liberty from afar, either by finding a decent view from somewhere high up in Manhattan, or by taking a boat ride that takes you right past the Statue on Liberty Island. However, for those who are even more interested in the history of the statue and the immigrants who landed in New York so many years ago, an actual visit to the Statue of Liberty is called for. This requires planning, however, as the statue is one of the most popular and high-security destinations in New York. Recently, a reservation system has been created and the statue is no longer a first-come, first-served situation. Instead, it is recommended that you reserve tickets in advance, based on what exactly you want to do and see on Liberty Island. Many visitors want to climb to the top of the statue, but access to the Crown is available only by advanced reservation. You can get “Grounds Only” tickets most easily, however, if you want to get inside the statue and visit the museum, you need Pedestal tickets. From the Pedestal level you will enjoy panoramic views of Ellis Island, NYC and New Jersey! If you want to go up to the Crown, consider planning this way in advance as there are often up to 6-month waiting periods for Crown reservations.