Plan Your Visit to the PedestalVisiting 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.
Warning: Statue Cruises is the ONLY ferry service authorized by the National Park Service to sell tickets for, and provide transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Numerous third-party vendors sell tickets at higher prices or for boats that do not land at the islands. We strongly recommend that tickets only be purchased at www.statuecruises.com or by calling 1 877 LADYTIX (1.877.523.9849).
Reserve Your Pedestal TicketsDue 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. Same day pedestal reservations MAY be available at the ticket offices, but are extremely limited. 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 Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, New Jersey by the ticket purchaser. When picking up the tickets, the purchaser must show photo ID and the same credit card used to reserve the tickets.
Arriving On Liberty Island
The entrance to the pedestal is located at the secondary screening building behind the Statue of Liberty. 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.
The following items are not authorized inside the pedestal:
-Food and Drinks (water is permitted in a clear plastic bottle)
Lockers are located near the secondary screening building and require a 25¢ deposit (quarters only). Locker Size is approximately 12"x 12"x 18" and there are change machines available for $1 and $5 bills.
Last updated: January 29, 2020