Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Statue of Liberty

My parents recently came to New York for a visit from the UK and I thought it would be great to take them to see the Statue of Liberty.  As it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the U.S. I thought I should be organised and book tickets in advance.  I looked online and there are a lot of companies that sell tickets, but I purchased mine from the official 'Statue Cruises' website where the tickets are cheapest.

There are different types of tickets available online and I would highly recommend booking in advance rather than just turning up on the day.  By booking reserve tickets you can avoid long queues to buy tickets and to get through security.  I wanted to book 'Crown' tickets, which allow you to go up to the top of the statue, but you need to book them months in advance.  I was lucky enough to get 'Pedestal' tickets which allow you to go inside the structure and stand just below the lady herself. 

It is almost impossible to avoid the queues completely as there is still a wait to get though security (twice if you are going in to the statue) and you can wait quite a while for the ferry.  There are two departure points available, one in Battery Park Manhattan and one in New Jersey.  It isn't as busy from NJ, so it could be worth going from that location during peak times.

However, it was well worth the wait and we had an amazing day. The views from Liberty Island looking back towards the Manhattan skyline are just fantastic and it was great to get so close to such a famous landmark.  We ran out of time to visit Ellis Island, which is included in your ticket, but I hear it is very interesting and worth stopping off to look around. 

It is a great place to take visitors to the city and a good excuse to be a tourist for the day!  For more information and to book tickets visit http://www.statuecruises.com/.

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