Statue of Liberty is one of the greatest attractions of the New York City.
This neoclassical structure is in the Liberty Islands of New York.
As a gift from the French citizens to the Americans, this copper statue represents the freedom and equality that the USA represents.
Each year, more than 5 million tourists from all over the World flock to witness the marvel that’s called Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
With so many tourists visiting, there is always a rush for tickets. Find out everything about Statue of Liberty tickets and which is the right one for you.
Note: Statue Cruises is the official provider of the ferry transportation to the island where Statue of Liberty stands in all its glory. Any ticket you buy will include ferry transport to the Liberty Island and back.
Statue of Liberty Crown tickets
The Statue of Liberty Crown Tickets gives you access to the crown. Visiting the crown of Lady Liberty is one of the most exhilarating experiences in New York.
However, every day only a limited number of tourists are allowed access to the crown. Therefore, the crown tickets are sold out months in advance.
Note that you can only purchase these tickets online. The Statue of Liberty Crown tickets can’t be purchased at the ticket offices in New York or New Jersey. Neither can they be bought on the Liberty Island.
Along with your Crown tickets, you can also avail of an audio guide, access the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty Museum.
Adults must pay $21.50 for their Statue of Liberty Crown tickets, while senior citizens get a discounted price of $17. Crown tickets for kids is discounted further and the ticket price is only $12 per person.
Kids need to be at least 1.2 meters (or 4 feet) tall to access the crown. The parents need to ensure their kids’ height before spending money on the Crown tickets.
Each of the tickets also includes a ferry ride to the landmark. The ferry service remains operational from 8:30 AM in the morning to 5 PM in the evening.
Please be aware that there are no lifts to take you to the Statue of Liberty’s Crown. You must walk up 354 steps which is equivalent to 20 stories. The Statue of Liberty crown tickets is recommended only for people in good physical health.
Even if you are healthy but are susceptible to Acrophobia (fear of heights), Claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) and Vertigo (dizziness) the crown tickets are not for you.
When you climb up to the crown of Statue of Liberty you can only carry a camera and any medicines if you may need them. Everything else must be put away in a locker, which can be rented at the cost of $2 for two hours.
Restrictions when you buy Crown tickets
1. You can only buy a maximum of four Statue of Liberty crown tickets per order
2. In a six-month period, only one reservation per person is allowed
3. Tickets are non-transferable. While buying the Crown tickets you must provide the names of all the visitors accompanying you.
4. Once the Crown tickets are purchased, they can be picked up at one of the two ticket offices – Liberty State Park (NJ) or Battery Park (NY). The purchaser must pick up the tickets himself/herself.
5. Each Statue of Liberty ticket holder must show a photo ID matching the name printed on the ticket before they can enter the Statue of Liberty
6. For security and logistics purposes the Crown tickets are for a specific person, date and time. You need to be at the embarkation site security facility at the time mentioned on your ticket.
Last Minute Crown tickets
As mentioned before, Statue Cruise is the only organization which sells crown tickets to the visitors. You cannot get hold of those tickets from any other company or third-party sites. The crown tickets are usually sold weeks or even months in advance.
However, instances of cancellation also happen on occasions. Whenever a probable guest cancels his/her ticket, the last minute Crown access ticket quickly becomes available on the site for purchase.
However, it is very unlikely that you will get a same-day Statue of Liberty Crown ticket. You can get a same week Crown ticket and that something to cherish about.
To ensure you buy the last minute Crown ticket to the State of Liberty you must keep checking their website regularly – for the Crown tickets sell off the moment they become available.
Our recommendation: While the view from the 25 windows in the crown of Statue of Liberty is nice, planning a couple of a month in advance and booking your tickets is a downer.
Also, with so many conditions – kids need to be taller than 4 feet (1.2 meters), adults need to be healthy enough to climb 300+ steps and then climb down as well – this becomes a tough ask.
If you have Top of the World Observation deck, One World Observatory or Empire State Building in your holiday itinerary we recommend that you skip the Crown tickets.
Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets
As the name suggests the Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets allows you access up to the Pedestal.
Like the Crown tickets, these Pedestal tickets are also in huge demand. Since only a limited number of Pedestal ticket holders are sent up the lift every day, it is difficult to book these tickets. You must start your planning weeks in advance.
Besides the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, this ticket also gives you access to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the statue itself.
You can enjoy audio tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island with this package and spend as much time as you want on their grounds.
The only difference between the Crown tickets and the Pedestal tickets is that if you are a Pedestal ticket holder you can’t climb up the stairs and reach the Statue’s crown.
The Statue of Liberty’s Pedestal tickets for adults cost $18.50. Senior citizens get a discount on their Pedestal tickets and hence their ticket price is $14. Kids tickets to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal are cheap at $9 per person.
Due to cancellations, sometimes same day pedestal tickets become available at the ticket offices.
The ferry for this service is also operational 8:30 AM in the morning to 5 PM in the evening.
When it comes to Statue of Liberty pedestal tickets, you don’t need to visit the ticket office to pick them up. Just print them at home, and carry the tickets along.
When you go up the Pedestal of Statue of Liberty you can’t carry food items, laptops, backpacks, umbrellas, strollers etc. These banned items can be put away in a locker, which can be rented at the cost of $2 for two hours.
Restrictions when you buy Pedestal tickets
1. If you can’t take a print out of your Pedestal tickets, you can collect them from the ticket offices at either Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, New Jersey. However, only the person who bought the tickets can pick them up after showing a photo ID card and the credit/debit card used to make the purchase.
2. For logistical reasons (to distribute the crowd) the Pedestal tickets are issued for a specific time and date. You need to be at the security facility at the time mentioned on your ticket.
Our recommendation: Thankfully there is a lift to go up the pedestal, however, this ticket is also in demand and because of limited entries per day can result in weeks of waiting during peak season. Even though there is a time mentioned on the Pedestal ticket, there can be waiting period to go up.
Most tourists who have visited the Liberty Island have rated the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island much higher than going up the Statue of Liberty’s Pedestal.
Continue reading to see why we recommend the Statue of Liberty Reserve ticket for everybody.
Statue of Liberty Reserve ticket
This is the most popular ticket. The Statue of Liberty Reserve tickets will allow you access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, plus the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Reserve tickets don’t include access to the crown and the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
You can enjoy the audio guide in this package with a chance of spending as much time you want on the grounds and the Immigration Museum. That’s why this is also known as the Ground Ticket.
Reserve ticket also provides you priority entry into the screening facility queue and saves you a lot of wait time at the departure point.
As with the Crown tickets and Pedestal tickets for Reserve tickets also kids and senior citizens get a good discount on ticket price. Children below three get free entry.
We strongly believe that Statue of Liberty’s Reserve ticket is better than Crown ticket.
Our recommendation: The selling point of State of Liberty is its massive scale which is best seen from outside. Statue of Liberty’s Reserve ticket allows you access to the island to spend time and watch as much of the statue as possible.
When you go up to the Crown or the Pedestal of the Statue you spend at least 2-3 hours more because of which you have a high chance of missing the Immigration Museum in Ellis Island.
The Immigration Museum is an important part of American History and a ‘must see’ for both American and non-American kids.
That’s why we highly recommend you get the best views of the Statue of Liberty from the island grounds and then take the ferry to Ellis Island to see the Museum.