Last minute Statue of Liberty Crown tickets – prices, discounts, restrictions

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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 – just that you need to buy Crown tickets.

This article shares everything you need to know about Statue of Liberty Crown access tickets, including last-minute Crown tickets.

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.

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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 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 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, where we detail out every aspect of the Statue of Liberty Crown visit.


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Cost of Statue of Liberty Crown tickets

The adult Statue of Liberty Crown ticket costs $22.25

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 $13.

Senior citizens who are 62 years of age and above also get a discounted rate of $18.


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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 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 along a valid Government-issued photo ID and 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 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-transferrable.

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.


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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, for security reasons, they can purchase the Crown ticket only from Statue City Cruises.

They hold exclusive rights to sell the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets.

Statue of Liberty Crown tickets. Image: Loving-newyork.com

Liberty Crown tickets are not available for sale in Battery Park in New York, Liberty State Park in New Jersey, and even Liberty Island.

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 visitHow 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.

Follow the link to know everything about boarding Statue of Liberty ferry from New Jersey


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How to get last minute Crown tickets

View from inside Statue of Liberty’s Crown. Image: Jovannig / Getty

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 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 your overall vigilance.

You need to keep track of the availability of Crown Tickets on the Statue City Cruises 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 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.


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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-transferrable.

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 will not be allowed to access the Statue of Liberty.


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Security for Crown ticket holders

Crown ticket holders go through two levels of screening 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 vast 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.

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 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 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 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.

You will be requested to leave everything else in the lockers, which are available at the rate of $2 for two hours.

Remember to carry cash because the cashier in the locker room accepts only cash.


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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)

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 in total from the bottom to the Statue’s Crown.

Two hundred thirty-one of these steps take you halfway – 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 (45.75 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 get a better sense of these stairs, we recommend you check out the video above.


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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 of Ellis Immigration Museum, etc., are the many factors that make us 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.

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.

Recommended reading
1. Staten Island Ferry – see Statue of Liberty for free
2. Statue of Liberty ferry tickets, prices, discounts


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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 –

  1. From where do we buy Statue of Liberty Crown tickets?


    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.

  2. Where can I purchase Crown tickets for today or tomorrow?


    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.

  3. Can I buy Crown tickets from another person?


    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.

  4. How many Crown tickets can I book?


    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.

  5. Are Statue of Liberty Crown tickets timed?


    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.

  6. What are the inclusions of the Statue of Liberty Crown ticket?


    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

  7. How do I get the Statue of Liberty crown tickets if they are sold out?


    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.

  8. How much discount do kids get on Statue of Liberty Crown tickets?


    The Statue of Liberty Crown ticket for adults costs $22.25

    The reduced price of Crown tickets for kids 12 years and below is $13 – a discount of around $9.

  9. How much discount do seniors get on Statue of Liberty Crown tickets?


    Senior citizens who are 62 years plus must pay a reduced rate of $18 for their Crown tickets – a discount of more than $4 on the adult ticket price of $22.25.

  10. How many people are allowed into the Statue of Liberty’s Crown?


    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.

  11. If I have the Crown tickets, can I go on the Statue of Liberty’s torch?


    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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Shubhajyoti Sengupta: He is an active adventurer who loves to push himself physically and mentally while exploring the world. His travels are usually to natural environments or remote locations which include active physical activities and experiences he has never tried before. He loves backpacking and independent traveling with a low budget. Favorite Cities: Reykjavik, Kathmandu, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Capri

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