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Part 2: Planning Your Visit

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Getting to the Park:

The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island are located in Lower New York Harbor, slightly more than one mile from Lower Manhattan. Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible by ferry service only. Ferries are operated by Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, Inc. from both New York and New Jersey. They depart from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. A roundtrip ferry ticket includes visits to both islands. For current ferry schedule information, advance ticket purchases, and other useful information, visit their web site or contact them at (212) 269-5755 for New York and (201) 435-9499 for New Jersey departure information.

Things To Do:

Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities when visiting the Statue of Liberty. At the Statue of Liberty National Monument, visitors can climb 354 steps (22 stories) to the Statue’s crown. (Unfortunately, a visit to the top often can mean a 2-3 hour wait.) The Pedestal observation deck also offers a spectacular view of New York Harbor and can be reached either by climbing 192 steps or by elevator.

For those with time constraints, a visit to the museum exhibits located in the Statue's pedestal explains how the monument was conceived, constructed and restored. Tours are offered by National Park Service personnel. Also, visitors can view the New York Harbor skyline from the lower promenade sections of the pedestal.

The Information Center on Liberty Island features exhibits on other National Park Service sites in the New York City area and throughout the nation. For information about programs for school groups, please call the reservations coordinator at (212) 363-3200.

Time Pass Reservation System at Statue of Liberty

A "time pass" reservation system has been implemented by the National Park Service for visitors who plan on entering the monument. Time passes are available at no cost from the ferry company with the purchase of a ferry ticket. Advance tickets can be ordered (at least 48 hours) by calling the ferry company at: 1-866-STATUE4 or on-line at: www.statuereservations.com

A limited number of time passes are available from the ferry company each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Time passes are not needed to visit the grounds of Liberty Island or the Ellis Island immigration museum.

Did You Know:

The Statue of Liberty is 305 feet, 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the torch.

There are 25 windows in the crown which symbolize gemstones found on the earth and the heaven's rays shining over the world.

The seven rays of the Statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world.

The tablet which the Statue holds in her left hand reads (in Roman numerals) "July 4th, 1776."

Several agencies have been official caretakers of the Statue of Liberty. Initially, the U.S. Lighthouse Board cared for the Statue as the first electric lighthouse or "aid to navigation" (1886-1902), followed by the War Department (1902-1933) to the National Park Service (1933-present).

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