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The Statue of Liberty, located at the mouth of New York Harbor, is a defining symbol of American values. The statue, dedicated by France in 1886, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It stands at a towering 93 meters (151 feet), and weighs a massive 450,000 pounds.
Fun Fact: If you’re wondering how they managed to ship her across the Atlantic, you won’t be surprised to know that it wasn’t easy. The statue had to be broken down into 350 pieces in order to fit on shipping vessels. It then took 4 months to put it all back together. That’s dedication!
Since its installation, the Statue of Liberty has become a national landmark of unparalleled importance. With the Ellis Island immigration complex in its shadow, the statue has become a symbol of the nation. As immigrant ships steadily crept through hundreds of miles of vast ocean, one could only imagine the sense of awe that was projected as Lady Liberty emerged on the horizon, torch in hand. Beyond her was a new life, new land, and countless opportunities. These three ideals, simple yet profound, are reflected in the poem inscribed at the base of the statue: “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
How do you get there? The National Park Service sanctioned “Statue Cruises” for Statue transportation. They offer ferry access to the statue from two locations: one at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and another at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. These ferries will bring you directly to Liberty Island. Along the way, expect one of the city’s most gorgeous views. With Downtown Manhattan’s skyline in the background and the statue in the foreground, it’s certainly a postcard-worthy moment.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument offers three types of tickets. Ground tickets will give visitors access to the grounds around the statue. Next, the Pedestal Ticket grants access to Fort Wood, the pedestal, and the museum at the statue’s base. Finally, the Crown Ticket gives visitors access to all of the aforementioned sites, and in addition, the crown. Expect a fabulous view at the top. As one of New York’s most famous landmarks, and one of America’s most recognizable symbols, the Statue of Liberty is a must for any NYC visit.
Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004
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