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.
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
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, 2012-2013
Ranger-guided tours are offered periodically at Liberty Island with ASL - American Sign Language translation; these tours are provided at no charge to visitors. The tour departs from the flagpole area. If you wish to arrange for an ASL Tour on another date, click here to contact us by e-mail, at least three (3) weeks prior to your visit.
No tours currently scheduledEmergency 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.
Did You Know?
The Statue's original torch was the first part constructed in 1876. In 1984 it was replaced by a new copper torch covered in 24K gold leaf which is lighted by floodlight at night. The original torch is currently located in the lobby of the monument. Access to the torch has been closed since 1916.