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.
Highlights of visiting the pedestal include:
accessing the inside of the pedestal, museum, and the Fort Wood level.
viewing the inside of the copper statue from the top of the pedestal.
Pedestal tickets are limited and the National Park Service highly recommends advanced reservations. A limited number of pedestal tickets are available each morning at the ticket office locations, but these are first-come, first-serve and are often distributed before the first ferry departure.