Hey everybody! Most of you know my husband and I took a trip to New York recently and we made a list of places we had to visit! If you missed my post about the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, check it out here. One of the places my husband wanted to go to was the Statue of Liberty.
Although we have both visited before, he had never gotten to go to the crown. When he said he wanted to do this, I must admit I was not too thrilled. I have climbed the staircase to the crown back in the 90’s and all I remember was how hot, cramped, and uncomfortable the experience was. Since we were going to be making this feat in the July heat, I prepared myself for the worst! I finally agreed to do it because I could never say no to my hubby, and he purchased the crown tickets online. Be careful when purchasing tickets because if you google it, there are a lot of companies out there that pretend to sell tickets for the crown. However, Statue Cruises is the sole seller of tickets to the crown and you can purchase the tickets through the National Park Service. The tickets cost $21.50 each. We decided to get tickets for the earliest available time slot which was 8:30 AM. We parked our car at the Battery Park parking garage and walked to the Castle Clinton. When we arrived at Castle Clinton, we were required to go to Window 6 to collect our pink wristbands that indicated we had tickets for the crown. After going through security, we boarded the ferry for Liberty Island. I tend to get really seasick on any type of boat or ferry, but managed to not get sick this time! When we arrived on the island, we had to go through security again. If you are going to the crown, you are not allowed to have bags of any kind including camera bags. However, there are lockers available that you can rent for $2 with cash to put your bags in. Once through security, we were taken to the pedestal of the statue by elevator. At this point, you can either stand in line to go to the crown, or you can step outside and enjoy the view from the pedestal. I would advise you go outside on the pedestal first because the National Park Service rangers regulate the number of people that can scale the stairs at a time and you may be waiting for awhile. The view from the pedestal is beautiful.
It’s awesome to see New York City in the background. When we were allowed to head up the stairs, I was thrilled to learn that not only had air conditioning been installed, but the statue was actually shut down after September 11th and a second stairwell was added. The experience of scaling the stairs was a million times better than when I had done it as a kid. On the way to the top, there are several landings where you can step to the side and rest or take pictures.
Once you near the crown of the Statue of Liberty, you will notice it starts to get hotter. The air conditioning fans are not on at the top because the ranger said they are loud and the rangers are unable to hear and answer questions from visitors. We didn’t get to spend much time at the top, but it was awesome to view the city from such a symbolic monument.
Descending the stairs was a little more difficult than on the way up. I didn’t have any problems, but my hubby had to duck the entire way down because he is tall. When you get back on ground level, there is a gift shop so you can pick up gifts for friends and family. There is also a museum that showed how the statue was built. My only complaint about the museum was that it was overrun by tourist groups and it was difficult to see the exhibits up close.
Once we were ready to leave the island, we had to line up for the ferry. Make sure to pay attention because one ferry takes you to Ellis Island/Manhattan, and the other takes you to New Jersey. My husband and I both had previously been to Ellis Island, so we decided to skip that stop and just head back to the city so we could see things we hadn’t seen before. Overall the experience was fantastic! I am so happy this experience exceeded my expectations and replaced the horrible experience I had as a child. If you visit the Big Apple, make sure to get tickets to the crown of the Statue of Liberty!