The Statue of Liberty is the iconic statue of New York and is the symbol of freedom not only to the US but also to the people over the world. The most popular tourist destination in NYC, there are thousands of visitors every day however only a few do the climb to the top. If you are in good physical shape and want to see New York from the crown of the Statue this is a definite possibility.
Getting to The Statue of Liberty
First of all to get to the famous Statue then you must take the boat on Statue Cruises from either Battery Park in New York or the ferry terminal at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. First buy the ticket which provides transportation to the island as well as the access to the crown and pedestal.
At the time of writing, the NPS (National Park Service) only allows 240 people per day to climb to the crown; 1,000 daily tickets are available for the pedestal.
About the Climb to The Crown
The climb to the top is not for everyone, there is over 350 steps which is around 20 stories so you must be in good physical shape. The stairwell are very steep and cramped so if you have any breathing or heart issues, claustrophia and fear of heights then climbing to the top is not for you. Additionally to climb, only children who are at least 4 feet tall and accompanied by a responsible adult. The climb into to the crown can take 30 minutes or more which depends on your physical shape and numbers of people going up at the time.
It is prohibited to take backpacks or electronics (cameras are allowed) but small purses are allowed. Food or drink is also not allowed so please hydrate before going up.
Security and Waiting Times
Even though there is a limit on number of passes available each day to climb to the top, as there stairs are cramped, the waiting time can stretch into hours. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance where possible. During peak summer months, ticket collection can also be long so allow for plenty of time. As you can imagine security to enter Statue of Liberty is extremely tight, with this you will need photographic identification to collect tickets. To reserve the tickets you will need to provide the names of everyone visiting, this can be more than an hour.
Even though there is a limit on number of passes available each day to climb to the top, as there stairs are cramped, the waiting time can stretch into hours.