Staten Island Ferry / Statue of Liberty

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by vampirefan on January 20, 2005

Nothing else stands for freedom more than the Statue of Liberty. Even though she sits in NYC, she belongs to all Americans. She has stood in the N.Y. Harbor since 1886, welcoming millions of immigrants as they arrived in their new home. She was a gift from France to mark a shared believe in democracy.

She stands 151-feet tall and lifts her lamp up 305 feet above the ground. Emma Lazarus’s well-known inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free... send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door," is engraved in her book.

To get to the statue, you need to take the boat from Battery Park. Since the statue is run by the National Park Service, there is no charge to see the statue. You do have to pay for the ferry ride over. Currently it is $10pp. You will then make your way over to Ellis Island.

Ellis is where many immigrants were processed as they arrived in America. From 1892-1924, it served as the nation's busiest immigration center. It later served as an army hospital. It was closed in 1954. But a $160-million restoration project restored it to its former beauty, and it was opened as the Immigration Museum in 1990. After spending some time here, you can climb up the statue. Since 9/11, the status of Lady Liberty is always changing. Before heading out, you might want to check for any changes.

Did you also know that the Statue of Liberty is also a lighthouse? In 1886, she was also commissioned as a harbor light. The light in her lamp has been a guide to ships for many years. On the ferry ride over, you can spot the Robbins Reef Lighthouse, built in 1886. For more lighthouse information go to .

Stating no one should come to New York without visiting her great Lady is easier said than done. No matter what time of year you come here, avoid going over the weekend if at all possible. We went in October, and there was probably a 3-hour wait. Then, who knows what will be going on? We came back the Tuesday before we left, and something was going on, so it was closing early! There are several other ways to see the statue. You can see her from Battery Park or from atop the Empire Statue building. Or the boat tour companies offer several tours that include a close encounter with her. Circle Line cruises offers several different cruises that feature the lady. Their website is .

Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, New York, 10004
(718) 390-5253

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