Statue of Liberty

A visit to the iconic Statue of Liberty is an absolute must while you’re in New York. Catch one of the regular ferries from Battery Park and take the short ten minute boat ride across the Hudson to reach Liberty Island. Here you’ll find out more about this world famous monument that was given to the United States by France in the late 19th century.

Once you’ve crossed the water, entry to the island’s free. Plan ahead if you want to go inside the 152 foot monument, as visits to the Pedestal and Crown can book up months in advance. You can reserve tickets online. If you don’t have a ticket though, don’t worry, as the free ranger-led tours around the promenade are fun and informative too.

To find out more about the statue’s history, go to the museum in the Pedestal where you’ll see the original flame, replicas of Lady Liberty’s face, and alternative designs for the statue. If you have entry to the Crown, prepare for the climb up the impressive 354 steps. Once you get to the top, the effort’s well worth it as you look out across the water and the city beyond.

Before leaving the island, take some time to relax with a coffee in the cafe or have a picnic with the kids on the lawn. Then hop back on the ferry which will take you to Ellis Island, famous as a gateway for immigrants, before heading back to Manhattan.