Visiting Liberty Island and The Statue of Liberty

Back in September my wife and I spent 4 nights in New York as the final stop on our 21 day honeymoon. And what better to do in New York than visit all of the key sights including the globally recognised Statue of Liberty!

Liberty Island ferry transfer

To get across to the island you take the ferry which is about a 10 minute transfer. As we had a City Pass we paired our Statue of Liberty visit with Ellis Island.

Liberty Island & Ellis Island City Pass

From the subway station it’s about a 10 minute walk to the ferry – once there we exchanged our City Pass voucher for a ferry ticket at the ticket office.

Statue of Liberty ticket office

With ticket in hand you then make your way to the ferry terminal where you are required to pass through a security check involving a full bag search and hand scanner. Once through security you board the ferry and set off!

Statue of Liberty ferry

Statue of Liberty security office

The day we visited the weather was horrendous! A lot of wind and as a result, horizontal rain! So yeah the ferry was pretty interesting, rolling around a lot on the way across!

Statue of Liberty ferry view back to Manhatten

On the ferry transfer you get some great views of the Statue of Liberty on the right hand side so you have the opportunity to take plenty of photos.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Getting a decent selfie here is pretty difficult however as everyone on the ferry has the same idea so we you have to jostle to get into a good position!

Liberty Island

Once the ferry has docked you realise just how small Liberty Island is and how little there is there. I’m not really sure what I was expecting however the Statue really is the only thing on the island.

Statue of Liberty

If you book far enough in advance you can make your way up the base of the Statue and all the way up to the crown however this isn’t possible with a City Pass which only permits access to the island. It’s also worth noting that access to the flame is no longer permitted.

From the ferry and in the pouring rain we made our way around the island to the front of the Statue to take some photos.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty selfie

Like most big tourist spots around the world there’s a cheesy photo template that should only be followed by the tourists – Pisa has holding up the tower, New York has pulling the same pose as Lady Liberty! Well, when in Rome…

Statue of Liberty

Having had a good look at the Statue, looked back across the bay to New York and taken some rainy selfies we decided to call it a day and head back to the ferry to continue on to Ellis Island.

Worth a 1 hour visit

Visiting the Statue of Liberty was great and certainly something to tick off my bucket list however it was spoilt a bit by the unforgiving weather! I was also quite surprised that the Statue wasn’t taller. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s not like it’s small or anything, I just imagined it to be bigger based on how it’s filmed in movies!

As there isn’t really anything to do on the Island our trip was quite short so if you’re planning something similar don’t leave too much time for this. It was recommended as 2 hours however I have no idea how you would spend that long on the island!

If you’re visiting New York I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to visit such an iconic landmark. It’s really interesting and a great way to spend some time, especially if you are coupling it with Ellis Island!

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