Visiting the Pedestal

The granite pedestal that the Statue was built on top of stands 154 feet tall
Statue of Liberty atop the granite pedestal.

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Plan Your Visit to the Pedestal

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.

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 or by calling 1 877 LADYTIX (1.877.523.9849).

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. 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.

Pedestal tickets are for a specific date and time. The ticket will have the time to enter the security facility printed on it.

The secondary screening is a gray building which a park ranger is standing in front of.
Visitors must go though airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

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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.

screening lockers
Items prohibited inside the monument can be stored within secondary screening lockers before entry.
Locker Rentals

The following items are not authorized inside the pedestal:

-Food and Drinks (water is permitted in a clear plastic bottle)
-Backpacks and Drawstring bags (including purses shaped like backpacks)
-Laptop Computers
-Long umbrellas

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.

A Statue Cruises ferry full of visitors departs Ellis Island headed towards Liberty Island.

Purchasing Tickets

Statue Cruises is our official source for tickets to the island. Click this link for more information.

The view finders from the front of the island overlooking the harbor


The pedestal is about ten stories high! Learn about the different options available for getting to the top.

A winter photo of the Statue of Liberty from the back of the monument.

Basic Information

The information here will help you know what to expect when you visit.

A ranger gives a tour on a bright summer day at the front of Liberty Island.

Things To Do

After visiting the pedestal, enjoy different activities that are available while visiting the island.


Last updated: January 29, 2020

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