Climbing to the Crown?
Crown access is limited due to safety and accessibility requirements and is reservation-based through the Statue City Cruises ticketing process. Depending on the time of year, reservations need to be acquired between four (4) to six (6) months in advance. Access to the crown is by stairs only. Visitors can bring the following items up to the crown: One cell phone and/or camera for pictures per person, water in a plastic container, and any medication needed while inside the monument. For information on accessibility options to the crown, email us.
Crown Stairs DimensionFrom the top of the pedestal (6P), there are 162 stairs that are narrow and steep in dimension. Each step is nine (9) inches in height and eight (8) inches in length. The crown staircase is a spiral with one section ascending up and the other side descending down. This allows for a safer flow of visitor traffic.
Beginning Your AscentVisitors must begin their climb to the crown by surrendering their wristbands to the ranger stationed at the top of the pedestal (6P). All accompanying children must be 4 feet (48 inches) or taller. This has been determined to be the shortest height limit for maintaining children's safety walking up and down the spiral staircase for holding on to the staircase railings. When possible, children should always be placed between two adults during their climb. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The is no elevator available to the top.
You've arrived inside the statue. Climbing higher?After completing the first 16 steps leading into the statue, visitors will transition to a spiral staircase for the remainder of their ascent. This portion of the climb contains 146 winding steps of a double helix spiral staircase. Due to the design of the stairs, visitors are walking in front of each other and the metal ceilings are low hanging. If you are six (6) feet or taller, please watch your head as you ascend/descend the crown staircase.
Spiraling upFrom the transition to the double-helix staircase, visitors will climb 44 continuous steps before reaching the first of four platforms. Railings on both the right and left-hand sides will allow visitors to hold on as they move through the statue.
Need to catch your breath?There are four platforms for visitors to stop their ascent/descent to take a break and a perfect opportunity for a great picture or two! The largest platform is located at Level 4S. There are additional rest stops available above this point during your climb up to the Crown Platform.
Physical Mobility on Liberty Island
Important information on physical mobility for a safe and enjoyable visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Last updated: June 27, 2021