Frequently Asked Questions: Reserving Tickets to Visit the Crown

Statue of Liberty
240 people per day make reservations months in advance to climb to the Statue's crown.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting Tickets to the Crown and More

How do I get tickets for the crown?
As of July 2011, all available tickets to the Crown have been reserved. Please note that, contingent on the budget, the statue will be undergoing some enhancements beginning in late 2011. Liberty Island will remain open, however the Crown and Pedestal will be closed.

Is there a fee for crown access?
There is a $3.00 surcharge for Crown Tickets in addition to the cost of ferry tickets.

Are there any ticket restrictions?
Each customer may reserve four tickets. Only one reservation is permitted during any six month period. Children must be at least four feet tall, and must be able to walk up and down the stairs alone. Anyone under eighteen years of age must climb with family members or friends. Names of all ticket users must be provided at the time of purchase to be printed on the tickets.

How do I pick up the tickets?
Crown tickets must be picked up at the ticket office Will Call window (at either Liberty State Park embarkation site or Castle Clinton in Manhattan) by the ticket purchaser. Photo ID and the same credit card used to reserve the tickets must be presented to obtain Crown tickets. Crown tickets can not be transferred and must be used on the specific date and time. When presenting the tickets to access the Statue on Liberty Island, each adult ticket holder will be required to show photo ID matching the name printed on the ticket.

Will the crown be open every day?
Yes, if the park is open. However, the National Park Service reserves the right to cancel reservations at any time for weather, safety, hazardous conditions or any other reason. If the Statue is closed, you may request a $3 refund. However, the ferry ticket price is not refundable once the have boarded the ferry. The last available crown tickets are on October 28, 2011 as all interior spaces of the monument will be closed as the National Park Service institutes a series of enhancements to these spaces.

How strenuous is the climb?
The climb to the crown is a strenuous journey that encompasses 354 steps (equivalent to climbing up 20 floors in a building). It is a cramped enclosed area with steps 19" wide; head clearance is 6 feet 2 inches.

Is it safe to go up the crown?
National Park Service rangers are on site to assist visitors. Interior temperatures may be 20 degrees higher than the outside. On hot days visitors should drink water at least 30 minutes prior to the climb. There are no restrooms or drinking fountains inside of the statue.

The National Park Service recommends that crown visitors have no significant physical or mental conditions that would impair their ability to complete the climb including, but not limited to: heart and respiratory conditions, mobility impairments, claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), acrophobia (fear of heights) or vertigo (dizziness).

Cameras and medication are the only items one may bring into the statue. All other items (including wallets and keys) must be secured in the locker room facility.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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