More than 4 million tourists visit the Statue of Liberty every year, and most wonder if it is possible to go up to the Statue’s Crown.
Yes, it is possible – you need to buy Crown tickets.
This article shares everything you need to know about Statue of Liberty Crown tickets, including last-minute Crown tickets.
Table of contents
- Types of Statue of Liberty tickets
- Liberty’s Crown tickets experience
- Cost of Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
- Restrictions on Crown tickets
- How to buy Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
- How to get last minute Crown tickets
- Resale of Crown tickets
- Security for Crown ticket holders
- Climbing Statue of Liberty
- Are Crown tickets worth it?
- Crown tickets FAQs
Types of Statue of Liberty tickets
There are three types of Liberty tickets – the Crown tickets, the Pedestal tickets, and the Reserve tickets.
To understand the access these three Statue of Liberty tickets provide, look at the illustration below.
Liberty’s Crown tickets experience
The video below shows what one can expect inside the Statue of Liberty’s Crown.
In the first four minutes of the video, you see a lady climbing the last few steps to reach the crown.
To jump directly to when the tourist is inside Lady Liberty’s Crown, watch from the 4th minute onwards.
We think the experience of Lady Liberty’s Crown tickets is over-hyped, considering the amount of trouble one has to go through first to buy and then visit the Liberty Statue’s Crown.
For instance, did you know that,
1. Crown tickets for the Statue of Liberty get booked 90-120 days in advance
2. You will undergo two security checks before you reach the Liberty Crown
3. To reach the crown, you must climb up 393 steps in the heat (and climb down later). This is approximately the height of a 27-story building. More Statue of Liberty facts
4. It is 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter inside the Statue because of the lack of air-conditioning.
5. Most people who go up the Statue of Liberty’s Crown miss the Ellis Immigration Museum on Ellis Island because the Liberty tour takes much longer.
Because of these reasons, we suggest you book a Reserve ticket or a Pedestal ticket.
Or, better still, a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty with an English-speaking guide.
But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Continue reading the article detailing every aspect of the Statue of Liberty Crown visit.
Cost of Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
The adult Statue of Liberty Crown ticket costs $31.
The cost of a Statue of Liberty Crown ticket is the cost of the Reserve ticket + $3 for access to Liberty’s Crown.
Kids 4 to 12 years old are eligible for the kids ticket, and their discounted Crown ticket is priced at around $18.
Senior citizens who are 62 years of age and above also get a discounted rate of $24.
Restrictions on Crown tickets
Because of security reasons, the Statue of Liberty Crown ticket has many restrictions.
Here are a few things you should be aware of before deciding to spend money on Statue of Liberty Crown tour tickets –
1. A cardholder can only book a maximum of 4 tickets in 6-months
2. When you buy a Crown access Statue of Liberty ticket, you must mention the names of each visitor
3. The cardholder must be present in-person to pick up the Crown tickets from the ticket office in New Jersey or New York. The purchaser must bring a valid Government-issued photo ID and a credit card to purchase the crown tickets.
4. The entire group must be present at the ticket office, with the cardholder, to pick up their tickets
4. All ticket-holders must carry their Government-issued photo ID card during their Statue of Liberty visit (except for minors).
5. The name provided while booking the Liberty Crown tour tickets and the name on the Photo ID card must match.
6. Crown access tickets are non-transferable.
Important: Only visitors taller than 1.22 meters (4 feet) and above are allowed up to the Liberty Crown. If your child is not as tall, the regular Statue of Liberty tickets are your best option.
How to buy Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
Besides the Statue of Liberty’s Crown visit, each Crown ticket includes the ferry service both ways, the audio guide, and access to the Liberty and Ellis Island Museums.
While visitors can buy Pedestal and Reserve tickets (also known as ‘Grounds only’ tickets) from many places, they can purchase the Crown ticket only from Statue City Cruises for security reasons.
They hold exclusive rights to sell the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets.
Liberty Crown tickets are unavailable in Battery Park in New York, Liberty State Park in New Jersey, and even Liberty Island.
Statue Cruises sells approximately 500 Crown tickets daily during the peak summer months.
Only 0.4% of the day’s tickets sold are Crown tickets.
Since the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets are in high demand, we recommend the following purchase schedule –
|Your visit||How early to book?|
|Apr to Sept (peak season)||90-120 days in advance|
|Oct to Mar (lean season)||75 to 90 days in advance|
You can buy the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets up to six months ahead of time.
However, these Crown tickets tend to vanish fast.
That’s why there is such a huge demand for last minute Liberty Crown tickets.
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How to get last minute Crown tickets
There is no sure way to get last-minute Crown tickets, which give you access to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty.
Crown tickets for early time slots are usually sold months in advance.
Crown tickets for post-noon time slots get sold a little slower because of the heat one has to endure while climbing up and the possibility of missing Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
When Crown tickets booked months in advance get canceled, the Crown Reserve Ticket becomes available for others.
These cancellations are your only chance to get hold of last-minute crown tickets and climb up Lady Liberty.
Your chances of getting a last-minute Statue of Liberty Crown ticket depend on sheer luck and vigilance.
You need to keep track of the availability of Crown Tickets on the Statue City Cruises website.
When pre-booked Crown Reserve tickets get canceled, they are immediately returned to the website for tourists to buy.
That is how the last-minute Crown tickets become available.
You need a predator’s instinct to wait and hunt for the last-minute Crown Reserve Ticket.
Even then, very rarely would you get the same-day Crown Reserve ticket. It is almost next to impossible.
At most, you can manage the same week Crown Reserve ticket.
Resale of Crown tickets
There is no such thing as a Statue of Liberty Crown tickets resale.
If someone asks you to buy their Crown tickets from them, don’t fall for the trick. You must not buy it on resale.
Crown access tickets are non-transferable.
As mentioned earlier, while booking the Crown tickets, the buyer must provide the names of all the visitors.
And on the day of your visit, you are expected to carry Photo ID cards for all visitors.
If the security folks find a mismatch, you cannot access the Statue of Liberty.
Security for Crown ticket holders
Crown ticket holders go through two screening levels before climbing up the Statue of Liberty and seeing outside from one of the 25 windows in the Crown.
Primary Security Screening
The first level is called the Primary Security Screening and is done at both Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City – the ferry boarding points.
Because a vast crowd is subjected to an intense security check, there can be long hours of waiting – especially during the peak seasonal months, weekends, and holidays.
On weekends and holidays, this wait can go up to 90 minutes.
Factor in some time for security checks, which depends on the number of people you travel with.
The ferry boarding points have no locker room facilities, so please travel light.
Some items you won’t be allowed to take on the ferry to Liberty Island are weapons, things that can harm others, drones, large suitcases or carry-on luggage, etc.
This security check is compulsory for all those who hold Statue of Liberty tickets.
Secondary Security Screening
The secondary security screening at the Statue of Liberty applies only to visitors about to climb the monument.
All Pedestal and Crown ticket holders must go through the secondary screening.
This screening is like the security checks that happen at airports.
Beyond this second security check, the Crown ticket holders can only take one camera, mobile phone, water in a plastic container, and any required medication.
You will be requested to leave everything else in the lockers, which are available for $2 for two hours.
Remember to carry cash because the cashier in the locker room accepts only cash.
Climbing Statue of Liberty
Climbing the Statue of Liberty is not for the faint-hearted.
We suggest you don’t embark on this adventure if you have any medical conditions such as:
1. Heart conditions
2. Respiratory conditions
3. Mobility impairment
4. Fear of confined spaces (Claustrophobia)
5. Dizziness (Vertigo)
6. Fear of heights (Acrophobia)
The temperature inside Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is not air-conditioned.
Thus, the temperatures can be 20 degrees higher than what is outside.
We highly recommend that those climbing the Liberty Statue drink water before the climb.
Don’t drink too much, though, for there is no restroom inside the Statue of Liberty.
How many steps in the Statue of Liberty?
Climbing the Statue of Liberty is equal to climbing a 27-story building.
There are 393 steps from the bottom to the Statue’s Crown.
Two hundred thirty-one of these steps take you halfway – up to the Liberty Statue’s pedestal.
The other 162 narrow and tight steps take you from the top of the Statue’s Pedestal to the Statue’s Crown.
All Crown visitors must be able to climb up and down the 393 steps without any issues.
Even though National Park Service Rangers will be available throughout your climb, they can’t and won’t help you climb.
That’s why you should embark on this adventure only if you can climb the Statue of Liberty steps alone.
The width of the last 162 steps to the Crown is 18 inches (45.75 cm), and its head clearance is around 6 feet (1.8 meters).
Because of these dimensions, tourists who are massively built or are taller than six and a half feet may find the climb uncomfortable.
To better understand these stairs, we recommend you check out the video above.
Are Crown tickets worth it?
We feel Crown tickets aren’t worth all the trouble.
The trouble in buying the Crown tickets, two security checks, climbing up 393 steps in the heat (and climbing down later), the chance of missing out on Ellis Immigration Museum, etc., are the many factors that make us believe that Crown tickets aren’t worth it.
This is why we recommend the Reserve or Pedestal tickets (the one where you go halfway up by elevators).
Go ahead, and book your Statue of Liberty experience now.
If money isn’t an issue but experience matters, we highly recommend the guided tour of the Statue of Liberty.
This is a 4-hour tour, where an English-speaking guide narrates stories and anecdotes even as they take you around Lady Liberty.
Crown tickets FAQs
Tourists planning a visit to the Statue of Liberty’s Crown usually have lots of questions.
We try and answer them for you –
Because of security reasons, only Statue Cruises holds exclusive rights to sell the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets.
To book tickets, you can visit Statue City Cruises or call them on +1 877-523-9849.
Unfortunately, you can’t purchase same-day (or next day’s) Statue of Liberty Crown tickets because they sell out months in advance.
If you must visit the Statue of Liberty today, we recommend you try out the other Liberty tickets available.
No, please don’t buy it. Statue of Liberty Crown tickets is not transferable.
Crown tickets have the visitor’s name on them, which the security personnel cross-checks against a Government-issued photo ID card during the visit.
With one card, you can only book a maximum of four tickets in six months.
If you plan to go up the Liberty’s Crown with more than four members in the group, you must use another member’s card.
On the day of your visit, both cardholders (and other group members) must be at the ticket counter to collect the tickets.
Yes, the Crown tickets are only valid for the specific date and time you select while making the purchase.
On your Crown ticket, you will find the time to enter the Screening Facility at either New York or New Jersey, depending on your choice.
Each Crown ticket includes the following –
– Ferry service to Statue of Liberty
– Access to the Crown
– Audio Guide
– Access to Liberty Museum on Liberty Island
– Access to Immigration Museum on Ellis Island
– Return ferry service
Even during the peak season months of April to September, only 500 Crown tickets are issued every day, because of which they get sold out a couple of months in advance.
That’s why, if Crown tickets are sold out, the next best option is to book either the ‘Grounds only’ ticket or the Pedestal ticket.
The Statue of Liberty Crown ticket for adults costs $31
The reduced price of Crown tickets for kids aged 4 to 12 years is $18 – a discount of around $13.
Senior citizens who are 62 years plus must pay a reduced rate of $24 for their Crown tickets – a discount of more than $7 on the adult ticket price of $31.
Groups of 10 people or less visit the Crown at a time. Six groups climb up to the Crown per hour.
During peak months, a maximum of 500 tourists can go up to the Crown per day.
No, Crown tickets don’t get you access to the Liberty’s Torch.
During the Black Tom Island explosion on July 30, 1916, shrapnel had hit the nearby Statue of Liberty and damaged it.
After the explosion, tourists weren’t allowed to the Liberty’s torch anymore. The ban has been in place for almost 103 years now.
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