Liberty Island and some parts of the Statue are accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

Liberty Island and some parts of the Statue are accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

NPS Photo by Kevin Daley

Getting to Liberty Island

Transportation to Departure Points

Visitors taking mass transportation to the ferry departure point should consult the proper agency regarding accessibility. For directions and transportation options, please reference the Plan Your Visit section.

Accessible Parking Near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan

Official placards are required to park in designated public parking spaces available in New York City. The closest metered parking spaces to Battery Park are on Battery Place. Private parking lots are available as well. Click here for more information about handicapped parking in New York City, and to apply for a New York City Permit for handicapped parking.

Accessible restrooms are available at the New York departure point in Castle Clinton National Monument. Ferry ticket counters are handicapped accessible.

Accessible Parking in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ

Private parking is available for a fee. Designated spots for those with official placards are available. There are level walkways to the ferry boarding area. Handicapped accessible rest rooms are located at Liberty State Park.

Required Security Screening

All visitors are required to pass through a security screening before boarding any ferry. The security screening spaces are accessible. Please reference the Safety and Security section for further information.

Ferry Transportation

Statue Cruises personnel provide assistance on the ferry gangways. Ferries have enclosed cabins on the main deck and outdoor spaces near the rear or above the main deck. Any deck above the main requires the use of stairs. Priority seating is available near the entrance of the enclosed main deck cabin. Restrooms aboard ferries are not handicapped accessible.

Guide/Assistance Animals at Ellis and Liberty Islands

While regular pets are not allowed on either Ellis or Liberty Islands, or on the ferry boats, guide and assistance animals are welcome.

Click here for Accessibility information at Ellis Island.

Accessibility at Liberty Island

  • The Information Center, Gift Pavilion, Book Store, Dining facilities and exterior grounds are ADA compliant.
  • Accessible restrooms are located inside the Gift Pavilion.
  • An open captioned video is available in the Information Center.
  • Large Print brochures, in English, are available upon request in the Information Center.
  • The Park Brochure in Braille (English) is available upon request in the Information Center.
  • Audio description tours created specifically for blind and visually-impaired visitors are available from our audio-tour concessioner.
  • The grounds on Liberty Island are fully wheelchair accessible. For those with reservations to enter the monument, wheelchair access is provided to the museum and the exterior of Fort Wood. A wheelchair-accessible lift is available from where the main pedestal elevator stops to the top of the pedestal. The interior of the top of the pedestal, which offers views of the Statue's inner skeletal structure, is wheelchair accessible. However, the outdoor observation deck and balcony is not wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair Availability at Liberty and Ellis Islands
A limited number of wheelchairs are available at both Liberty and Ellis Islands (on a first-come, first-served basis). They can be borrowed, free of charge, with the deposit of a driver's license or another form of I.D., at the Information Center (Liberty Island) and the Information Desk (Ellis Island).

American Sign Language Translation

American Sign Language Tours may be arranged prior to your visit. If you wish to arrange for an ASL Tour, notification in writing is required at least three (3) weeks prior to your visit. Please contact us by sending an e-mail or a letter.

Emergency Medical Services

Available on both Liberty and Ellis Islands. Contact any National Park Service employee for assistance. Proper preparedness, by those visiting the park with medical conditions, can prevent emergencies from occurring. (ie. medicine, food, water etc).

For information about programs, services, activities and requests regarding accommodations for People with Disabilities, please contact the park, at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of your intended visit.

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