Favorite thing If you have the change, than try to see the Statue of Liberty during the sunset. You can make beautiful pictures. We've visit Ellis Island and the statue of Liberty. I did like it, not the waiting line to go with the boat, but if you past that, then it only gut’s better. Fantastic view over the skyline. You must to this!
Favorite thing Ellis Island is a symbol of America's immigrant heritage. More than 70% of immigrants landed in New York, the country's largest port. First and second class passengers were processed on board ship, but third or steerage class were ferried to Ellis Island when they underwent medical and legal examinations in the Main Building. The museum contains three floors of self guided exhibits and audio/visual displays detailing the history of immigration processing station between 1892 and 1954. You can tour the Great Hall where immigrant legal and medical inspections took place. Be sure to view the artifacts on display: baggage, immigrant clothing and costumes, passports, steamer and railroad tickets, ship passenger manifests, etc. Generally, you should allow 3 hours to tour the museum.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are located in the New York Harbor
How to Get Here:
To visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, you must take the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry from either Battery Park in lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey (New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14B)
By Subway: N/R train to Whitehall Station or 4/5 train to Bowling Green Station. Walk through Battery Park to Castle Clinton, where you purchase boat tickets.
By Bus: M1 (West Side Service)
By Bus: M6 & M15 (East Side Service)
Hours of Operation:
Every day of the year except December 25 from 9:30am until 5:00pm (with extended hours in the summer).
Round Trip ferry tickets cost $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 4-12 years old, and $8.00 for senior citizens age 62 and over. There is no admission fee for Liberty and Ellis Island.
Favorite thing Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.
For "open hours" and "how to get there" see the Ellis Island tip.
Favorite thing The Monument access pass alows the tourist to climb thru the basement of the statue up to the Observatory deck. And the tickets are Free. They can be purchased along with the ferry tickets from either the NJ Ferry counter in the the Liberty State Park or the Battery Park Ferry station in NY.
But these number of pass per day is very limited. So the changes of getting them are very low :(
Book them online atleast a Week before the Trip at http://statuereservations.com/
Here u can chose the date and time u want to be there.
Ensure that u select the Tickets for "Monument Access". The ferry trip is free if u buy the Monument access pass online
Favorite thing Looking at this picture taken back in 1997--taken from the Statue of Liberty's pedastal, wearing my John Lennon shirt and standing proudly in front of the World Trade Towers--I still get shivers.
Favorite thing When in New York City, especially for your first time, it's an excellent and entertaining history lesson, to head out to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. But the Statue of Liberty itself is still closed to the general public these days. You can roam around the island there if you like, but really, without being able to go inside the statue, you can save oodles of time and still get close enough for some good photo ops, if you stay on the boat during its 10minute stop enroute to Ellis Island.
Favorite thing To me, this picture just about sums up New York and all it stands for--freedom and strength in the face of adversity. Even though our two beautiful towers are now missing from the skyline, Lady Liberty stands guard, defying anyone who would try to destroy the American spirit.
This picture was taken from the Statue of Liberty ferry, on the way back to Battery Park (where the boats launch) after our first visit to Staten Island.
Favorite thing Between 1886 and 1895, over 2 million immigrants were welcomed to New York by the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of new life with new liberty. She was a gift to us from the French in 1886 in recognition of our 100th birthday. Lady Liberty was designed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame. If you're up to it, you can climb the 167 stairs to the top of her pedestal, or if you don't mind close quarters ride the elevator. For the brave and strong, there are 12 more stories to climb up through her crown where the view is fantastic.
Next to the flag, it's America's most famous symbol for freedom - an icon for the immigrant.
If you want to climb the 354 steps inside the Statue be early as there are sometimes incredible qeues.
We take the ferry from Battery Park and take your ticket from the Clinton Castle.
The statue is much more impressive when you are standing at its feet, and you get a great view of the Manhattan skyline from the island.
As we did not have many time we did not get to the top.
Favorite thing As you may have surmised from the photos, my favorite stop was the Statue of Liberty. You've seen her a million times on tv but nothing prepares you for the real thing. She has a 'vibe' or something that you don't get from the pictures. When you read the 'New Colossus' it really brings it home too. I would completely recommend that everyone see the Lady. If you go off-season it will help with the crowds too. We were there at the end of January and the beginning of February. The weather was fine if you dressed properly. I dressed too warm and ended up having to buy clothes so I wouldn't melt.
Favorite thing Visit the city and meet the wonderful people. I went many years ago and NYC did not have the greatest reputation for friendly people..........BUT MANY YEARS AGO...in my experience....THE PEOPLE were great!
Update: This was my old posting from and I recently went to NYC June 1, 2003.
Fondest memory When I went there, the Statue of Liberty was getting a face lift, so we could not go.
Favorite thing Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, the most enduring symbol of New York City - and indeed, the USA - can trace its unlikely origins to a pair of Parisian Republicans. In 1865, political activist Edouard René Lefebvre de Laboulaye and sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi went to a dinner party and came away with the notion of building a monument honoring the American conception of political freedom, which they would then donate to the Land of Opportunity. Twenty-one years later, on 28 October 1886, the 151ft (45m) Liberty Enlightening the World, modeled on the Colossus of Rhodes, was finally unveiled in New York Harbor before President Grover Cleveland and a harbor full of tooting ships. It's a 354-step climb to the statue's crown, the equivalent of climbing a 22-story building, and if you want to tackle it, start early to avoid the crowds - it's hard to contemplate the American dream with your nose to the tail of the person in front.
Fondest memory my first big travel to a big city, for being the first time New York is too much!!!(GOOD)