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From journal How to see New York City on Limited Time & Money
February 14, 2008
From journal Best of New York City
December 12, 2004
There are ferry departures from Battery Park; New York; or Liberty State Park, New Jersey.Access to the crown and torch are no longer accessible. A guided time pass is now required. Take the New York subway to Battery Park: no. 1 or 9 trains to the South Ferry station, no. 4 or 5 trains to the Bowling Green station, or the N/R train to the Whitehall Street station.Take the New Jersey bus to Liberty State Park: Central Avenue bus from platform A3 at the Journal Square Terminal in Jersey City to Liberty State Park.Hours: 8:30am to 5pmThere is a limited number of tickets available daily from either the New York or New Jersey ferry ticket office (adult $10). Or book advance tickets with a $1.75 handling fee per ticket.
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From journal JFK
by Mary Louisa
July 3, 2002
To make your visit to the Statue of Liberty, you will need to go to Castle Clinton in Battery Park, at the lowest point in Manhattan (use the Bowling Green subway stop). There, you buy a ferry ticket for $10 (adult) that leaves from Battery Park every half hour for Liberty Island first and Ellis Island last. You don't have to get off of the ferry to tour either island; if you like, you can remain on the boat for the fifteen minutes it takes to load up passengers who have already visited the island. The ferries leave their stops every half hour to make the fifteen minute cruise to their next destination.
Liberty Island and the Statue:
I suppose the Statue of Liberty is the closest thing that the United States has to a Colossus, who greets new arrivals at its shores. She is a beautiful sight, even though she is an alarmingly bright shade of green! You would think she was bronze, but she is actually made of copper which has achieved a bright green patina through the years.
Once debarked, we made a lazy circle around Liberty Island, taking in views alternating between New York and the Statue herself. Bronze markers ring the island's walkway and explain different facts about the statue's history, for example, she has broken chains at her feet to symbolize freedom (of course I never knew this because you can't see her feet from BELOW!). I also never knew that the book she held symbolized the Declaration of Independence, and is marked with the date of its signing in Roman numerals. There is an impressive gift shop with air conditioning, refreshments, and unique souvenirs of the sight.
If you are content with seeing Lady Liberty from afar (try the Staten Island Ferry--it's free!), then this trip may not be for you, especially if you have limited time. But it can provide a leisurely family outing full of American history for those who want to slow down for an afternoon.
From journal New York for Beginners
November 1, 2013
From journal Exploring America's History
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April 6, 2011
From journal Weekend getaway to New York
Sunderland, United Kingdom
December 19, 2010
From journal My first visit to the 'big apple.'
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
June 22, 2010
St. Augustine, Florida
October 29, 2009
From journal Must-See Visits in New York City