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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The pedestal offers several observation levels

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.

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.

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.

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

  • For security screening information and accessibility information, visit Basic Information.
  • After visiting the pedestal, enjoy the many Things To Do while visiting the island.

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.

A view of one of the locker rental stations in the screening tent at Liberty Island
Lockers are available for prohibited items.

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The following items are not authorized inside the pedestal:

  • Food/ Drinks (other than water)
  • Backpacks (including purses shaped like backpacks)
  • Laptop computers
  • Strollers
  • Long umbrellas
  • Tripods

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
Rental Time: 2 hours
Locker Sizes Vary


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

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