How to See the Statue of Liberty with Crown Access

The first thing to do once you have booked your trip to New York City is to reserve your Statue of Liberty Crown Access ticket.

How to visit the Statue of Liberty Crown
Climbing up the statue of liberty to the crown is an amazing experience – but you must have a crown access ticket
Updated February 15, 2020

The Statue of Liberty was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States. In 1886 the Statue was completed, and she has since become a symbol of freedom to millions around the world.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
 

– Emma Lazarus

Reserve your Statue of Liberty Crown Access Tickets

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are highlights of a trip to New York, and a regular Reserve Ticket for $19.25 (including access to both) is already good value. But for only $3 more you can instead purchase a Crown Access Ticket, and given access to climb the 393 stairs up inside the statue for an unforgettable view from the crown. Climbing up to the Crown is a much more intimate experience than the regular tour, as only a few people are allowed up at a time.

This tour would be a great family outing. The climb is equivalent to 27 stories, so might not be suitable for some younger children. Children must be at least four feet tall, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Statue of Liberty – Original Torch
Statue of Liberty – Original Torch

Plan your visit

  • Tickets can only be booked through Statue Cruises, the official provider. Other ticket sellers either don’t give access to the island, just a view from their boat, or are over-priced/scams.
  • Tickets can be purchased online or by phone: 1-877-LADY-TIX (1-877-523-9849) or 201-604-2800
  • Prices including crown access: $22.25/adult, $12/child (age 4-12), $17/senior (62+)
  • Ticket includes ferry and access to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
  • Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Islands are included.
  • This is a high security attraction, and it’s essential to visit the National Park Service information page, so you know what to expect.
  • All crown visitors must be physically able to climb up and down the 393 steps unassisted.
  • There are 162 narrow and tight steps from the top of the pedestal to the crown.
  • There is no elevator from the top of pedestal to the crown (the Statue’s feet to the Statue’s head).
  • The stairs to the crown are in an enclosed area that can have high temperatures in the summer, so bring water.
  • Try to book your tour earlier in the day as afternoon tours (2pm or later) won’t have enough time to stop at the the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Ferries leave from two locations: Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

CLIMBING TO THE TOP
Climbing inside the Statue of Liberty to the Crown
STATUE OF LIBERTY
The Statue of Liberty

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25 replies
  1. Gretta Kennedy
    Gretta Kennedy says:

    I went up the Statue of Liberty nearly 30 years ago as a child and I still remember so much about it. It is surely a lifelong memory for me….especially those last few narrow twisty stairs to the crown!

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  2. Donna Janke
    Donna Janke says:

    Climbing the stairs to the Liberty Crown would give an entirely different impression of the Statue of Liberty and provide some great views, I imagine. I’m not sure I could manage the 393 stairs. Are they are as circular as in the photo? Don’t you get dizzy?

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  3. Suzanne Fluhr
    Suzanne Fluhr says:

    Excellent information for those planning a visit to New York City. I did this climb as a child — way back in the day. You might want to skip this part if you’re at all claustrophobic. That is a reasonable price for a ticket that includes a visit to Ellis Island as well—-also a Big Apple “must see”.

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  4. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    Anita @ No Particular Place To Go says:

    We visited New York City for the first time a few years ago and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were highlights for us, too, as well as seeing the New York skyline from the ferry. I wish I’d known to book tickets to climb up – that would be spectacular!

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  5. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I haven’t really spent much time in New York City. My husband and I are debating visiting at Christmas and I would love to see the statue of liberty. Thank you for the information!

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