Statue of Liberty, New York City
As far as I know, because of security issues you can only visit the grounds of Lady Liberty. It's still worth the ferry ride out since it's an amazing sight and so meaningful for most, but there's no doubt this is where you'll find all the tourists.
Just about all the must see sights in NY are tourist traps. I suppose this adds to the appeal and atmosphere of the place but be prepared to queue!!! Central park can help relieve some of NY's many stresses.(-:
Unique Suggestions: Despite being tourist traps you must see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State view, Times Square. It's all part of what NY is!!!
Fun Alternatives: Try going at unsociable hours!!! (-;. The best way to do this is avoid midday and finding ways of not queuing (like taking the Staten Island Ferry or looking at the empire state building from below). New York is basically a 24 hour city...
One of the most famous statues in the world.
Unique Suggestions: Some people think the best way to see the Statue of Liberty is from the water. Granted, you can ride the Staton Island Ferry for free and take pictures and the view is one of the best. But, I beg to differ when they say, "Why go to Liberty Island if you can't go up in the Statue anymore? What's the point?" Well, I liked the close up view. I liked seeing how immense it looked up close. If you aren't from around that area and this may be your one time to view the Statue of Liberty up close and personal, view it from as many angles as you like. Up close, from the water, from the mainland. Don't feel guilty or like a sap just because you paid $10 for the ferry ride which takes you to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. You can stay on each island as long as you want. No time limit on either. Remember, it may be your one and only time so don't feel guilty if you want to spend the $10 to get to the island.
This photo shows how close I got to this monument. The lines for the tours were so long that I felt I would be wasting a day getting out to Lady Liberty. Instead I had a blast walking around Soho, the Village and Chinatown.
Ofcourse you shall see the Liberty of freedom. But if you want to get to the libertyisland you have to stay there for some hours until the next boat comes, and to be honest it was a bit boring.
Unique Suggestions: Take a guided boattrip that just pass around the Liberty Island to see the statue and you can take some photos if you want. It´s surely worth seing this famous monument, and it´s perfect from a boat.
I've been to NY umpteen million times. Once I let a girlfriend talk me into walking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty. The boat ride was nice but waiting in line to get inside to wait even more to walk slowly behind the people in front of me for a very long time to achieve the distinct honor of making it all the way to the top of her foot, before i turned around and walked out. That was in the winter. I can't imagine how bad it is during a nice day in July
There are too many to mention! The Statue of Liberty (crowded, overpriced, and if you stand next to it you can't even see the damn thing--isn't that the point? and it's not that impressive up close, kind of like a bad blind date), the South Street Seaport (blech), Greenwich Village (don't patronize anything down there, as it's a horrible overpriced tourist trap in every sense of the word), midtown (any restaraunts or electronics stores around Times Square/midtown downright SUCK and will shamelessly rip you off or even chase you out of the store screaming if you decide not to buy something you were looking at-- with the exception of Little Korea), Broadway musicals (I'm biased, I used to work in a coffeeshop next to Cats, and have the scars to show for it); the Manhattan Mall and Macy's (except for Macy's ice cream parlor and its wooden escalators, the rest of it is an overrated JC Penney's); the big nightclubs like the Tunnel or the Limelight, especially on Friday and Saturdays (full of macho, drugged-up, aggressive Bridge and Tunnel people); faux 'french'-style restaraunts with trendy twentysomething servers in black lyrcra spandex; SoHo and all the overpriced superficial people who live and work there; the Hayden Planetarium
Rather disappointed with The Statue of Liberty - its not as big as we expected!!
Queue to climb to the crown was very slow - it would have taken over an hour to get up there & all that time you are crushed in a dingy staircase. We just took the elevator to the top of the plinth from where the views were better from the crown (or so we were told by others!)
Not greatly impressed with Macy's either - big but certainly not cheap & the staff can be very offhand!
Really only like any other department store anywhere else in the world!!
The Statue of Liberty - why pay when you can go free? The Staten Island ferry is free (that's free) and goes straight past The Statue of Liberty. Unless you really want to pay through the teeth to queue for hours for an up close glimpse of it, do this. It's quick and painless. I reckon she's overrated though anyway! ;)
Even though you will probably want to see it once, if only for the sake of its Las Vegasesque display of lights, I find Times Square a bit much just about always! Good place to find cheap postcards though: 10 for $1.
If you go to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island I highly suggest you arriving early as lines can be monstrous. Especially on the return!
The Statue of Liberty is a waste of time. Look at it from Battery Park but don't spend the time taking the ferry to Liberty Island only to wait for hours to climb to the torch. If you want a view of the skyline, try the Brooklyn Promenade on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Teh worst thing to do is to take a tour of anything. I saw a bunch of tourguides leading around people with cameras at every store, TV station, and historial site. It's more fun to look at things at your own pace and you won't have to pay.
If you wnat to take the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, be aware that you will have to wait very looong. Besides, since september last year you are no longer allowed to go inside. I do not think the long lines are worth while.
Statue of Liberty - It was cool going all the way up to the crown and all, but would not do it ever again. Humongous queue and a less-than-comfortable climb for not even a minute in the tiny tiny room at the top. Instead, for a close look at the statue without paying to go on the island, take the free ferry for Staten Island.
Circle Line boat tour around Manhattan. My husband and I decided to do this a few years ago. Big Mistake! Boring. Boat was smelly and crowded and we were trapped for an hour on it. Unless you're a huge boat fan, wouldn't recommend this activity.