The first time I went to New York I got to have some amazing classic New York experiences including Broadway shows, dinner at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and wandering the streets of Greenwich Village. I didn’t get to see the Statue of Liberty because when you go see the Statue of Liberty, you really have to commit an entire day. You’ve got be sure that this is really what you want to do! That being said, I’ve really wished to that I had the chance to experience it ever since so this time we set aside a day to do it! Today I’m sharing my tips on how to have a successful day!
Plan ahead! Buy tickets online ahead of time. I bought our tickets 4 months ahead of time & the very limited tickets to the top were all sold out. We got some of the last tickets up to the pedestal.
Allow plenty of time to get there. Traffic gridlocks & the area around the ferry landing is crazy packed. We cabbed it there & we had to get dropped off several blocks away because it was so crowded.
Plan for security. There are long lines to get on the ferry because you have to go through metal detectors before boarding the ferry. This isn’t the last time either. If you go up inside the Statue of Liberty, there are long lines there too and you cannot take your bags. You must place them in a locker then go through more metal detectors. Allow plenty of time when arriving at the ferry building & when you plan out which ferry to take back.
Bring plenty of water & snacks. It’s a long day & options are limited.
Plan to do Ellis Island as well! You already went through security, you’re already on the ferry, and Ellis Island is an amazing museum. Don’t skip it! Just be aware that late afternoon tours, 2PM and 3PM, will not have enough time to stop at Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Before or after your tour, take the short walk over to the 9/11 Memorial.
Looking up into the crown!
One last look at New York before jumping on the ferry & heading to Ellis Island!
The ferry docked at Ellis Island in front of an opposing building.
We went straight to the registry room which immigrants stood waiting to be inspected, not unlike passing through customs today. It was humbling to stand there!
The dormitory room….it reminded us of our 3rd class sleeper car in Italy. Jam packed!
Do you think generations after us will look at our graffiti walls with interest?
Did your ancestors come through here?