Travel Guide to Statue of Liberty
Standing tall in New York Harbor in the heart of New York City, with a torch in her hand and looking forward, the magnificent Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous landmarks of the world. Dedicated to the United States by the people of France, this colossal sculpture is one of the most visited attractions of the world. With around 4 million people visiting it every year, a guide to the Statue of Liberty seems necessary, to give the future visitors a better approach.
By visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument you not only pay a visit to this picturesque masterpiece of art and architecture, but you also can visit the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. Ellis Island is a symbol of American immigration and visiting this museum will give you a better approach to this part of American history.
There are also cruises that you can take so that you will have a fabulous landscape of this splendor of New York City. This unique view of the statue, and the water surrounding it really worth experiencing.
In this article, we will provide a guide to the Statue of Liberty so that you will have a better idea about this impressive landmark and visiting it.
The History of Statue of Liberty
The construction was named “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”, and is recognized as the global symbol of freedom.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Fredric Auguste Bartholdi, and built by the famous French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel. Unlike Bartholdi whose only major work is the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel is known for another famous landmark of the world. The Eiffel Tower of Paris is built by and named after this brilliant engineer. The sculptor that is a figure of the Roman liberty goddess, the Libertas was dedicated by the people of France to the people of the United States. This dedication took place on October 28, 1886. It was, of course, a joint project in which the French provided the statue and the US provided the site.
The fact is that some parts of the statue were built before it even was designed. The head and the hand that holds the torch was built some years before the design was completed. They even were exhibited in Philadelphia and Manhattan for about 6 years, and then was added to the whole sculpture.
During its time, the Statue of Liberty was restored several times in 1938, 1984, and 2011. It also was administered by different organizations until it has become a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1933.
How to visit the Statue of Liberty
You can join the thousands of people who are visiting the fabulous Statue of Liberty every day. Fortunately visiting it is not so difficult. In this part of our guide to the Statue of Liberty, we will provide information on how to reach the amazing symbol of freedom and democracy.
In order to reach the Statue of Liberty, you need to have a ticket. This ticket is used for ferry transportation to the complex, it also provides access to both Ellis Island and Liberty. As you can see with this ticket you have everything needed.
To purchase a ticket, you have two options. The first option is to go old school and purchase it in person at the box offices located close to both ferry departure points in New York City and New Jersey. You may find some long queues and sometimes you should spend a long time waiting. In order to solve this problem, you can use the second way. You can purchase a ticket in advance, on the website dedicated to the ticket purchase.
When to visit the Statue of Liberty
As you need to take a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty, and because there will be some queue, you need to make sure that you have chosen the right time to visit this fabulous sculpture. In this part of our guide to the Statue of Liberty, we will give some tips about when to visit the attraction.
In the beginning, try your best to plan your visit for some time with fewer crowds. As an example, during the period between April to September, that is the peak season of the attraction, there are some days that you need to stay in a queue for one or two hours just to get in the ferry. This problem exists during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
The best time to visit the statue is the fall. In this season there is a moderate number of visitors to the statue, although New York City is lovely in that period.
You can try to avoid weekends at any part of the year, as weekdays are less crowded and you have the chance to spend more time and take better photos with the amazing Statue of Liberty. There is also a special tip if you want to visit the place on weekends, try the Sunday mornings, a holiday that is not much crowded.