How to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty ?

Registration to visit the Statue of Liberty’s crown is open

The Statue of Liberty and its crown are the most iconic representation of New York. You can visit Liberty and Ellis Islands, but the best is to climb to the crown!
If you’re planning to visit New York soon, register right away to enjoy this beautiful landmark!!!

How to reserve tickets to visit the interior and the crown of the Statue of Liberty?

All the Pass for New York City includes the visit of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But, they won’t grant you access to the crown of the statue, neither to its pedestal.
The only way to get to the pedestal and the crown is reserving your tickets on the official website http://www.statuecruises.com/ as soon as possible since there is a limited number of tickets selling out everyday.

My advice is to book your tickets as soon as you know your traveling dates to New York. You can reserve your tickets 4 months in advance. 😉

What’s the best to do when reserving your crown tickets?

The best tip is to book for the first morning visit available.
An early morning visit means less people waiting in line if you arrive by 7.45-8.00 am, the first ferry will take you straight o the Statue of Liberty (if you’re departing from Manhattan).
Once you’ve reached Liberty Island, you can directly access Statue of Liberty.

In the early morning, there is not as much tourists as in the afternoon. The islands look emptier and it’s nicer to visit both island with less people around!

How to do after reserving the tickets to the crown?

Once the reservation is done, you will receive a voucher by e-mail. Print it before leaving.

On the day of your visit, you will have to redeem your tickets at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Present your voucher,your ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets at the Will Call Window (at either New Jersey or New York ticket office) to make sure you’re the person who purchased the tickets.

Then, proceed to the security check before taking the next available “Statue Cruises” ferry.

Before climbing up the statue to the crown

Before accessing the pedestal and crown of the statue, you must place your backpacks, food and drinks in the visitor lockers located in the security tent area at the base of the Statue. The cost of the lockers rent is $2.

You’re allowed to take your camera and medicine with you.

Then you must proceed to the security screening.

Keep in mind that the climb to the crown encompasses 393 steps (the height of a 27-story building) in an enclosed area. In the summer, the temperatures can be high. In the winter, you may want to leave your coat in the lockers to make your climb easier.

All visitors must climb up an down the 393 steps unassisted.
A wheelchair-accessible lift is available from where the main pedestal elevator stops to the top of the pedestal. However the outdoor observation deck, balcony and the crown is not accessible with a wheelchair.
Children under 1.20m or 47 inches are not permitted to climb up to the crown.

What about the Pedestal?

The Pedestal is the base of the statue.
If there’s no tickets left to the crown, you can purchase a ticket to get to the pedestal. An elevator brings you up there.

Purchasing your pedestal tickets online is recommended, you just have to print your ticket at home, and directly proceed to the security screening at the vessels departure location.

Photographs of the inside of the Statue of Liberty

Before climbing to the crown, you’ll cross the main hall where a replica of the flame used to stand. Since they opened the Museum of the Statue of Liberty in 2019, I haven’t visited the statue and don’t really know what you can find there now.

Then, keep it up to the top!!

From the inside of the statue, it’s like being backstage! You will see the face of the statue from the interior!

After climbing up all the stairs, you arrive to a small platform

to take pictures with your friends!

Reminder

If you’re using the NY City Pass, then you have a choice between a visit to the Statue of Liberty or a Circle Line boat ride.
If you are visiting the crown, the price includes the entrance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Then you can your New York City Pass for one of the Circle Line Tours 😉
If you don’t want to visit the crown, at east don’t skip the visit of Liberty and Ellis Islands 😉

Conclusion

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must, after all it’s the symbol of New York. I really hope you get to climb the top of the statue and enjoy the amazing view!!! 🙂

Memo

My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

5 commentaires

  1. Tess Vogt says:

    In 1976, my Parents. Undertook a educational US history summer vacation to show me out great country the trip took me On a NYC, Philly and Washington tour. I climbed to the crown. At that time there were seats every 12 or 20 so steps so you could rest on the way up. Coming down was much easier I remember we could talk back and forth to the climbers and decenders. Their was also a Freedom Train making it’s way cross country in the years surrounding the bicentennial.. If NYC were like it was back then I would love to retrace the trip. Standing in Times Square and having a ‘lady of the evening’ offer my father her ‘favors’ and watching both my parents go beat red as he stammered a decline was a site I will always remember. The small shops that sold sunglasses and such instantly turn to selling umbrellas at the first drops of rain and back to sunglasses in 30 minutes while we stepped in to a small eatery, was like a well choreographed clown show. I just don’t feel the city is the same now which is a great sadness. The innocence of a tween’s visit will always remain in my mind. May Lady Liberty stand for another couple of hundred years. She is still a wonderful sight. In 1978 My Mother took me to the West coast, Golden Gate, Redwood forest, Hoover Dam etc.. Lady Liberty was still the highlight of those years…

    • Memo says:

      Thank you for your message!
      New York City has changed a lot, but in a certain way, I prefer Times Square nowadays. Even if you had a funny experience there, this place wasn’t safe… as many neighborhoods back then. You can discover new places now that were very insecure a couple of decades ago. The point is to build new memories 😉

  2. Matthew Vidrine says:

    If we take the 9am Crown access, how long will it take us to get back to Manhattan? Our flight is the same day at 1p out of LaGuardia. Can we skip Ellis Island for time sake? All tickets sold out during our trip except that last day on a Weds.

    • Memo says:

      I wouldn’t take the risk. Even if you arrive as soon as you can to Battery Park, you need to pass through security check at 9am (you can do that a bit earlier than 9am), then take a ferry. The round trip is about 40 minutes. Once you land on Liberty Island, it’s almost 5-10 minutes walk to the statue, climbing to the Crown is another 30 minutes minimum.
      Let’s say you won’t be back to Manhattan before 11. I assume that you’ll have to pick up your luggage somewhere, and from Downtown to LGA, it may takes about 1h30. If you like adrenaline, why not, but I won’t do it 🙂

      It’s fun to climb the Crown and say “I did it”, however, in you case, I don’t feel it is worth the stress, you can go any other day and be able to visit both island.

    • Katherine says:

      i wouldnt take the risk. you never know what can delay you. on my last day in new york, i only ever go where i can get there and back on foot.

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