Statue of Liberty towers above the 12 acres of Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Lady Liberty was a 100th birthday gift from France. To the millions of refugees fleeing their homelands, this enormous Neoclassical sculpture represented optimism.
Before you view Lady Liberty in all her glory, you need to know a few things. I’ve put up this guide to help you choose your type of visit to the Statue of Liberty.
Who built and designed the Statue of Liberty?
Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel designed and built the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi allegedly designed a Lady Liberty-like statue to commemorate Egypt’s Suez Canal opening. The monument portrays a woman holding a torch high over her head in honor of Bartholdi’s love of Egyptian pyramids. He changed his mind, changing the Arab into a Greco-Roman goddess, and the Statue of Liberty was born.
Visit the Statue of Liberty in different ways.
- Statue of Liberty viewing is completely free on the Staten Island Ferry, under the free tours program. The free boat connects South Ferry with Bowling Green. Visiting the Statue of Liberty, climbing the crown, or visiting the Ellis Island Museum is not permitted. You must be prepared for this boat to continue moving until it arrives at the Statue of Liberty for photographs.
- The one official boat service allowed to ‘land’ on Ellis and Liberty Islands is Statue Cruises. To answer your question, your only choice is whether you’d want to do a guided or self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty. A variety of tickets is available, so make sure you pick the appropriate one for your situation.
- Reservations are required for these boat tours. If you want to view the Statue at night or the entire Manhattan skyline, you must buy a ticket before departing. If you’re looking for the best view in New York City, go to the riverfront rather than the Statue of Liberty. We have tickets for pictures at the Statue of Liberty together with the port tour.