Visiting the Pedestal
The pedestal offers several observation levelsVisiting 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.
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.
Purchase Pedestal Tickets: Statue Cruises
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 Liberty State Park or Battery Park (click here for directions to those sites) 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 directly behind the Statue of Liberty in the white tent. 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:
Please see a National Park Service Ranger on-site if you have any specific questions or contact us in advance.
Locker Rental Information: Lockers are available at the crown/pedestal check-in tent. An attendant is available to make change for large bills. Only bills are accepted (no credit card).
Rental Cost: $2
WHAT TO EXPECT
The total number of steps from the lobby to the top of the pedestal is 215 which visitors may walk or take an elevator. For more information, please refer to our Accessibility page.
Last updated: February 16, 2018