Statue of Liberty tours bring you up close with Lady Liberty. This American symbol has been standing tall in New York Harbor for many proud decades. Officially called the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, the statue was a gift from France and dedicated in 1886. It was declared a National Monument in 1924 and received an extensive renovation on her 100th birthday. Few things to do in New York are more iconic than visiting the Statue of Liberty. Even the most jaded New Yorker still stands in awe of Lady Liberty when they see her up close.
For many years, people had full access to the statue both inside and out. After the September 11 attacks, security measures were tightened and another renovation closed the interior for a year beginning October 2011. Even if the interior is closed Statue of Liberty tours, the National Park Service will still sell tickets that include access to the grounds on Liberty Island and a side trip to Ellis Island. Beginning in 1892, Ellis Island became the first place where many immigrants experienced the ew World. Until 1954, immigration welcomed some 12 million people — many of them the poor, the tired, and the huddled masses mentioned in the poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The building eventually fell into disrepair before it was rescued and turned into a museum.
Both of the islands are accessible only by ferry departing from Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park across the border in New Jersey. All tickets for Statue of Liberty tours include the ferry ride and an audio tour. Entry is free for kids under five and is discounted for seniors and older kids. Park rangers also lead guided tours, which depart daily from the flagpole on Liberty Island, and don’t cost any extra.
While it’s certainly exciting to see Lady Liberty up close, it's still exciting to see her on a backdrop of a tour. Many of the Manhattan boat tours will zip by Liberty Island, stopping long enough to take pictures. Then the captain will keep the cruise going so you can see more the Manhattan skyline and other exciting places in New York.