Just seeing the Statue of Liberty with my own eyes was a highlight of our New York trip, but an even bigger highlight was sailing across to Liberty Island to explore the Statue of Liberty closer up. We had the cost of all this covered within our super handy New York City Pass which gave us a considerable discount on the main attractions that we wanted to visit while in New York.
We headed to Battery Park where we spotted the ticket kiosks where we showed our City Pass and exchanged them for tickets for the Statue Cruises. Then it was off to join the queue to board the ferry, there was an airport-style security point to go through for the Statue of Liberty which you soon get used to visiting all the main New York attractions.
When on board we grabbed ourselves some nibbles from the snack bar and watched excitedly out the window as we got closer to Liberty Island. The fact it was February and had just escaped a pouring of rain meant that we were able to quickly get seats and room to park up Dylan’s stroller.
But nothing could compare to the excitement of actually stepping foot off that ferry and standing at the feet of Lady Liberty herself. Pedestal and crown tickets aren’t included in the City Pass ticket and need to be purchased separately.
It did feel like a truly magical moment to be walking around with such a fantastic view of the statue and of New York from Liberty Island. One reason why we would recommend going first thing in the morning and offseason is for the quieter experience; the views are less unobstructed which gives you more time to take photos without people in the background.
I have wanted to see the Statue of Liberty since a young age, from the moment it was animated in Ghostbusters by positively charged Psychomagnotheric slime I could not wait to see it with my own eyes. I’m so happy that my kids have seen it at the age they’re at because when we watch films or programmes which features the statue, where I once wished to see it, they get to say they have seen it with their own eyes.
Once we had finished touring the Island and said goodbye to the Statue of Liberty, we hopped on the next ferry which took us to Ellis Island to see the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.