TICKET OPTIONS AND FEES
* Hard Hat tours of the hospitals on the South Side of Ellis Island are open only to visitors over the age of 13. Tickets for the South Side Hard Hat tours are subject to availability.
** Reservations are recommended. Pedestal tickets are subject to availability.
Warning: Beware Third Party Ticket Vendors
There are many aggressive, unauthorized ticket sellers who will try to sell tickets to the Statue of Liberty near The Battery in NYC. These individuals will often try to scam people through misrepresentation and over-charging. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. The only on-site location to purchase authorized tickets is the Statue City Cruises ticket office inside Castle Clinton in The Battery. Plan ahead if possible, and avoid these scammers selling overpriced and/or fake tickets.
National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes
These passes provide free access to national parks and national wildlife refuges that charge entrance fees. These passes do not apply at Ellis Island, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which does not charge an entrance fee. The cost of the ferry ticket is not an entrance fee. There is no charge to visit the museum on Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
Overview of entrance requirements
Most visitors need
Reservations and Timed Entry
Statue of Liberty- General Admission Reservation
Jan 1–Dec 31
General Admission tickets are our most widely available ticket. Visitors will have access to both islands, including entry to both the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. This is the only ticket available when crown and pedestal reservations are full. General Admission tickets do not get you access inside the statue or pedestal.
Statue of Liberty - Pedestal Reservation
Required to access the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty
Jan 1–Dec 31
Pedestal tickets are limited, and reservations are required. Pedestal tickets allow visitors to access up to the top of the pedestal, which includes lower pedestal levels. These are purchased online only through Statue City Cruises.
Statue of Liberty - Crown Reservation
Required to access the crown of the Statue of Liberty
Jan 1–Dec 31
Crown tickets are limited, and reservations are required. Crown tickets allow visitors to access the crown of the statue, which includes a walk up 162 steps from the feet of the statue to the crown. There is no elevator access to the crown. These are purchased online only through Statue City Cruises.
General Admission tickets are our most widely available tickets. Visitors will have access to both islands, including entry to both the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:
Last updated: June 13, 2023