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.
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.
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.
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