More than 4 Million tourist visit Statue of Liberty every year, and most wonder if it is possible to go up to the Statue’s Crown.
Yes, it is possible – just that you need to buy Crown tickets.
1. Types of tickets
2. Crown Experience
3. Cost of Crown tickets
4. Purchase restrictions
5. Buying Crown tickets
6. Last minute Crown tickets
7. Crown tickets resale
8. Security Checks
9. Climbing the Statue
10. Are they worth it?
11. Crown tickets FAQs
Types of tickets
There are three types of Statue of Liberty tickets – the Crown tickets, the Pedestal tickets and the Reserve tickets.
To understand the access these three Statue of Liberty tickets provide, take a look at the illustration below.
Statue of Liberty Crown tickets experience
We think the experience of Lady Liberty’s Crown tickets is over-hyped.
Especially considering the amount of trouble you will have to go through to first buy and then visit the Liberty Statue’s Crown.
For instance, did you know that…
1. Crown tickets of Statue of Liberty get booked 90-120 days in advance
2. You will undergo two security checks before you reach the Liberty Crown
3. You must climb up 393 steps in the heat (and climb down later) to reach the crown. 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 out on the Ellis Immigration Museum on ellis Island, because the Liberty tour ends up taking a lot more time.
Because of these reasons we recommend either Reserve tickets or Pedestal tickets.
Or better still a guided tour of Statue of Liberty, with an English speaking guide.
But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Continue reading the article, where we detail out every aspect of the Statue of Liberty Crown visit.
Tip: Most tourists prefer the ‘Flexible’ Statue of Liberty ticket because a GetYourGuide Guest Relations Team member on location ensures a hassle-free trip, thus saving a lot of your time.
Cost of Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
The adult Statue of Liberty Crown ticket costs 22.25 USD.
Cost of a Statue of Liberty Crown ticket is the cost of the Reserve ticket + 3 USD 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 13 USD.
Senior citizens who are 62 years of age and above also get a discounted rate of 18 USD.
Restrictions on Crown tickets
Because of security reasons, the Statue of Liberty Crown ticket comes with lots of restrictions.
Here are 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 a 6-month period
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 along a valid Government issued photo ID as well as the credit card used to purchase the crown tickets.
4. The entire group must be present at the ticket office, with the cardholder, to pick up their individual 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 name on the Photo ID card must match.
6. Crown access tickets are non-transferrable.
Note: 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 visit to the Liberty’s Crown, each Crown ticket includes the ferry service both ways, the audio guide, and access to the Liberty and Ellis Island Museums.
While Pedestal tickets and the Reserve tickets (also known as ‘Grounds only’ tickets) can be bought from many places, for security reasons the Crown ticket can only be bought from – Statue Cruises.
They hold exclusive rights to sell the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets.
Be aware, that Liberty Crown tickets cannot be purchased at the ticket offices in Battery Park, New York and Liberty State Park, New Jersey.
They can’t be purchased on Liberty Island as well.
During the peak summer months, Statue Cruises sells approximately 500 Crown tickets per day.
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 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 gets canceled, the Crown Reserve Ticket becomes available for others.
This is 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 depends on sheer luck and your overall vigilance.
You need to keep track of the availability of Crown Tickets in the StatueCruises website.
The moment pre-booked Crown Reserve tickets get canceled, they are immediately put back on the website for tourists to buy.
That is how the last minute Crown tickets become available.
You need a predator’s instinct in order 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.
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-transferrable.
As mentioned earlier, while booking the Crown tickets names of all the visitors must be provided.
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 will not be allowed to access Statue of Liberty.
Security for Crown ticket holders
There are two levels of screening that Crown ticket holders go through before they can climb up the Statue of Liberty and see 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 or Liberty State Park in Jersey City – the ferry boarding points.
Because a huge crowd is being 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.
It is recommended that you factor in some time for security checks, which depends on the number of people you are traveling with.
There are no locker room facilities at the ferry boarding points, so please travel light.
Some of the items which you won’t be allowed to take on the ferry to Liberty Island are weapons, items which 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 Statue of Liberty is applicable only for visitors about to climb up the monument.
That is, all Pedestal and Crown ticket holders must go through the secondary screening.
This screening is like the security checks that happen at the airports.
Beyond this second security check, the Crown ticket holders can only take one camera, one mobile phone, water in a plastic container and any medication if required.
Everything else must be left in the lockers which are available at the rate of $2 for two hours.
Remember to carry cash because the cashier at the locker room accepts only cash.
In short, the Crown ticket holders undergo two security screenings.
Climbing Statue of Liberty
Climbing the Statue of Liberty is not for the faint-hearted.
If you have any of the following medical conditions, we suggest you don’t embark on this adventure.
1. Heart conditions
2. Respiratory conditions
3. Mobility impairment
4. Fear of confined spaces (Claustrophobia)
5. Dizziness (Vertigo)
6. Fear of heights (Acrophobia)
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 prior to the climb.
Don’t drink too much though, for there is no restroom inside the Statue of Liberty.
How many steps in Statue of Liberty?
Climbing the Statue of Liberty is equal to climbing a 27-story building.
There are 393 steps in total from the bottom to the Statue’s Crown.
231 of these steps take you half way – that is up to the pedestal of the Liberty Statue.
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 all through 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 on your own.
The width of the last 162 steps to the Crown is 18 inches (45.75cm) 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 get a better sense of 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 two security checks, climbing up 393 steps in the heat (and climbing down later), the chance of missing out of Ellis Immigration Museum, the trouble in buying the Crown tickets etc are the many factors because of which we believe that Crown tickets aren’t worth it.
This is why we recommend either the Reserve tickets or Pedestal tickets (the one where you go halfway up by elevators).
Go ahead, book your Statue of Liberty experience now. On the ticket booking page, you must choose between ‘Reserve’ and ‘Pedestal.’
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 statuecruises.com 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 the Reserve or Pedestal tickets.
No, please don’t buy it. Statue of Liberty Crown tickets are not transferable.
Crown tickets have the visitor’s name on them, which is cross-checked 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 members of the group) must be at the ticket counter to collect the tickets.
Yes, the Crown tickets are only valid for the specific date and time, which you get to 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 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 22.25 USD.
The reduced price of Crown tickets for kids 12 years and below is 13 USD – a discount of around 9 USD.
Senior citizens who are 62 years plus must pay a discounted rate of 18 USD for their Crown tickets.
This is a discount of 4 USD on the adult ticket price of 22.25 USD.
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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