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Visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York


A trip to New York City is not complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty.

Approximately 4.5 million people visited the statue in 2016.

I took the Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. The ferry leaves every 20 minutes and is included in the New York CityPASS (a good value way to see lots of attractions). It’s actually advisable to purchase this pass to skip all the long queues.

It was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The framework was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.

The first stop of he tour is at the Liberty Island first where your ticket grants you access to the pedestal, a viewing platform half way up the monument.

Lady Liberty was a gift from France, given to America in 1886. She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes.

The statue is green because of the oxidation of copper. It’s not paint! The metal is slightly damaged and corroded.

You have to climb 154 stairs from the pedestal to reach the crown which has a total of 25 windows. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty. To access the crown you also have to pay an additional $3.

There’s no time limit as you can stay on the island all day long and even have lunch at their cafe. When you’re ready to leave, you can hop on and visit the next destination: Ellis Island.

Known as the nation’s premier federal immigration station. Ellis Island was in operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrants and The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 where there has been a museum of immigration since 1990.

Watch my recap video HERE

Overall, this experience reminded me of when I went to visit Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa.

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