Visiting the Pedestal
Dennis Mulligan, NPS
Visiting the pedestal is a great addition to any trip to the Statue of Liberty. Starting in 2004, the National Park Service implemented a new system that requires reservations to access the pedestal. This reservation system is much different than how the public accessed the pedestal prior to 2001. The procedure for reserving pedestal tickets and accessing the pedestal is detailed below.
RESERVE YOUR PEDESTAL TICKETS
Due to its popularity, access to the pedestal is limited and requires reservations. Statue Cruises is the official source for pedestal reservations as well as the company that provides ferry transportation to the island. Advanced reservations may be made online or by telephone.
Extremely limited pedestal reservations may be available at the ticket offices early in the morning.
Pedestal reservations are not available on Liberty Island.
PICKING UP YOUR PEDESTAL RESERVATIONS
Pedestal tickets can be printed out at home or picked up at the ticket office Will Call window at either Liberty State Park or Battery Park (click here for Directions to those sites) by the ticket purchaser. To pick up the tickets, the purchaser must show photo ID and the same credit card used to reserve the tickets.
The entrance to the pedestal is located directly behind the Statue of Liberty in the white tent. Those with pedestal reservations must first show their tickets to the park rangers at the entrance. All visitors (except for children younger than four years old) must show valid pedestal tickets. The National Park Service appreciates your cooperation during this process.
Dennis Mulligan, NPS
Certain items are not permitted inside the pedestal, including: FOOD, DRINKS, AND BACKPACKS (INCLUDING CAMERA BAGS THAT ARE WORN ON THE BACK AND HAVE EITHER ONE OR TWO STRAPS) OF ANY TYPE.
Please see a National Park Service Ranger on-site if you have any specific questions or contact us in advance.
Locker Rental Information: Lockers are available at the crown/pedestal check-in tent. An attendant is available to make change for large bills. Only bills are accepted (no credit card).
WHAT TO EXPECT
Visitors may walk or take an elevator (part of the way) to the top of the pedestal. Although there are short staircases before and after the main elevator, visitors with disabilities should refer to our Accessibility page for more information.
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Did You Know?
Ellis Island is not its own National Park site. It was added to the National Park system in May of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and was opened to the public as a museum of immigration in 1990.