- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Over 4 million people flock to this symbol of freedom and democracy. There are a few things you should know as you plan your trip:
- If you want to visit the crown or the pedestal tickets are limited and advance reservations are recommended, and really pretty much required. During busy times crown tickets are often booked six months in advance. (Even on the freezing January day of our latest visit the tickets had been sold out for months). If you only desire to visit the island walk up/same day tickets are available.
- If you want to visit both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in one day the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.
- Avoid street sellers! Statue Cruises is the only authorized company to sell tickets and tours. Don’t be tricked by the people in the park wearing official looking jackets selling tickets. Not only might the tickets be fake but the vendors often sell them at twice the actual price of the tickets. (Beware, some of them seem pretty legit, we almost got duped). Either buy online through the official site or purchase at the ticket office in Castle Clinton on site (if departing from New York). https://www.statuecruises.com
- Food is sold on the ferry for those needing snacks. However once you get to the island if you plan on visiting the crown or pedestal no food or backpacks are allowed. Plan on springing for a locker ($2).
- Be prepared to spend a few minutes going through a security checkpoint. Don’t wait until the last minute to board the boat. Plan ahead in case lines are long.
- You might want to bring a jacket. It is often windy on the ferry especially if you are interested in sitting on the top level to look out.
- Departures leave from both New York and New Jersey. Make sure you get on the right return ferry so you don’t end up back in the wrong state.
- If interested audio tours to both the Statue and Ellis Island are included in your ticket.
For more information visit https://www.statuecruises.com