The Statue of Liberty is one of New York State's famous historical landmarks. When you plan to tour the statue, you will also get to visit the National Immigration Museum at Ellis Island as it is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's more to just what you see (on TV). Best to see the monument in real life!
When you visit New York, one of the things you should see is the Statue of Liberty National Monument being that it is one of New York state’s historical landmarks. During my very short trip in New York City last year, I made sure to visit the monument.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument comprises of the Statue of Liberty and National Immigration Museum located in Liberty Island and Ellis Island respectively. Both sites are open free to the public yet you only have to pay for the ferry fees. I don’t think there are options to see either. The ferry fee is not that bad and may be worth the price. Ferry fees are $15 for adults and $8 per child (as of writing). I purchased mine from Gray Line. The ferry station is located at Battery Park. Please be reminded that there is a long line at the station. Aside from the many visitors, there are two security checks too. Some items are not allowed.
There was a very long line when I went there, but the wait didn’t take seemingly forever. You won’t get bored anyway because there are some statues and even street performers to see. One of the street performers played the Philippine National Anthem with only a percussion. That was very cool.
The following are pictures I took while waiting in line.
The first ferry stop is Liberty Island which takes about 20 to 30 minutes. This is the statue from afar:
Then pictures of Manhattan’s urban jungle and Liberty Island’s dock:
There’s a center with tour materials available in different languages which is great for foreign tourists who are not that fluent with the English language. Also found in the island is the Liberty Bike. Like the statue, it is made of copper and iron. It’s such a damn cool bike. I didn’t take a picture of it though because it’s in a glass display. If I took a picture, only my – and other ogling people’s reflections would be seen.
Here’s a few more pictures of the statue, aka Libertas. I was excited that I took several pictures of the statue.
I didn’t stay too long. I would have gotten inside the statue if time permitted.
My next stop was Ellis Island where the immigration station used to be. The station is now the National Immigration Museum. Entrance is also free and audio guides are available in different languages.
The museum is very interesting, but I didn’t look around. I was drained when I arrived there due to the heat. I just sat at the lobby area and stared at a long line of old luggage on display.
I think my tour to both islands took three hours. It may be long but definitely worth the visit. You even get bragging rights! So, when you get to visit New York, don’t forget to include Statue of Liberty National Monument in your itinerary.