Plan Your Visit
Visiting the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. Starting in 2004, the National Park Service implemented a new system that encourages advanced reservations for access inside the Statue of Liberty. This reservation system is much different than how the public accessed the Statue of Liberty prior to 2004. The procedure for reserving tickets is detailed below.
The National Park Service highly recommends making advanced ticket reservations. Advanced reservations allow visitors to secure their desired level of access and also eliminates the need to wait in long lines to purchase tickets. Please Note: crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only.
Statue Cruises is the official source for ferry tickets to Liberty Island. You may buy tickets online, by phone or in person.
FOR YOUR SAFETY & SECURITY
All visitors must pass through airport style security before boarding any ferry. For questions about the security screening process, please refer to our Safety and Security page.
How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is now open to the public. Guided tours and audio tours tell the story of 12 million immigrants, All tickets purchased include access to Ellis Island. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.
Did You Know?
Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi placed his Statue on a federally owned island called "Bedloe's" in New York Harbor. His original concept was to place a statue of a woman at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.