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#11 Visit the Statue of Liberty

It doesn't matter at what angle you view the statue, it always inspires.
It doesn’t matter at what angle you view the statue, it always inspires.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-Emma Lazarus

Denise in front of Castle Clinton
Denise in front of Castle Clinton

We were anxious the morning we were to go and visit the Statue of Liberty. We got to Battery Park very early, too early. Arriving at Clinton Castle Fort (which is also a national monument) we found the line where we needed to confirm our reservation tickets, but we told that we could not get in the line until 30 minutes prior to our start time. I wasn’t sure why this was, when we finally did get to the line we found out that your start time doesn’t really matter. The ferrys just constantly run and when you get to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you are allowed to stay on each island as long as you want.

 

The closest metro stop the Statue of Liberty is Staten Island Ferry.
The closest metro stop the Statue of Liberty is Staten Island Ferry.
An early morning view of the Statue of Liberty as seen from Battery park.
An early morning view of the Statue of Liberty as seen from Battery park.
The sea glass carousel at Battery Park is definitely different than other carousels I have seen.
The sea glass carousel at Battery Park is definitely different than other carousels I have seen.
This statue is dedicated to the immigrants who arrived at Battery Park.
This statue is dedicated to the immigrants who arrived at Battery Park.
AJ boards the ferry after passing security.
AJ boards the ferry after passing security.
AJ in front of Battery Park that used to protect New York.
AJ in front of Battery Park that used to protect New York.
On the way to the statue you can see the one world trade center.
On the way to the statue you can see the one world trade center.
This building used to be the immigration building for non-immigrants.
This building used to be the immigration building for non-immigrants.
Denise in front of Castle Clinton
Denise in front of Castle Clinton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as we got to Liberty Island we headed straight for the crown. You are not allowed to bring anything with you into the statue except a camera and one bottle of water. They have lockers you can rent for $5.00 at the gift store at the base of the statue.

Despite having gone through intense security before getting on the boat, to go to the statue you have to pass through security again. Inside the base of the statue, the first thing you see is the old torch, which is nice because from inside the statue, even at the crown, it is hard to see the torch. Not to mention the passageway up to the torch has been closed to visitors since 1916 when German spies blew up some ammunition and the shrapnel got lodged in the torch in what is now known as the “Black Tom” incident.

Going inside the base you can see the original torch.
Going inside the base you can see the original torch.
A view from the crown up to the torch.
A view from the crown up to the torch.
The ladder goes up to the torch, but it is closed off to visitors.
The ladder goes up to the torch, but it is closed off to visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After climbing a lot of steps you get to the pedestal. The pedestal viewing area is very windy and cramped. There are a lot of people and it can sometimes be hard to get past them. From the pedestal you can get a good view of the base of the statue and see the old walls of what used to be Fort Wood, which was what was on the island before the statue.

As Denise demonstrates there is not much passing room at the pedestal.
As Denise demonstrates there is not much passing room at the pedestal.
From the pedestal you can see the outline of what was Fort Wood.
From the pedestal you can see the outline of what was Fort Wood.
This archway is leftover from Fort Wood.
This archway is leftover from Fort Wood.

Continuing upward in a very narrow (only one person can go at a time) spiral staircase, you get to the crown. There is very limited space at the top. When we went up there were two rangers keeping a watch on the statue and stairs. They were very informative and told us an interesting story about the real intentions of the statue.

Here is a video:

 

The beginning of the stairs up to the crown.
The beginning of the stairs up to the crown.
As you can see the stairs are very curvy, but every so often there are areas to stop and rest.
As you can see the stairs are very curvy, but every so often there are areas to stop and rest.
This shot kind of shows how many steps to the top.
This shot kind of shows how many steps to the top.
The port holes at the crown are not very big.
The port holes at the crown are not very big.
This is a side of the statue's face that not many see.
This is a side of the statue’s face that not many see.
It took some effort but the Pedrozas made it to the crown. No elevators inside.
It took some effort but the Pedrozas made it to the crown. No elevators inside.
AJ got a souvenir coin than is the thickness of two pennies, just like the statue.
AJ got a souvenir coin than is the thickness of two pennies, just like the statue.

Going back down we got our backpacks once again out of the lockers. There are two gift stores at the island. The oneĀ at the base of the statue of liberty is very crowded, compared with the store at the landing with the food court, that has most of the same stuff (Denise said they had different postcards) and is less crowded.

AJ always enjoys doing the Junior Ranger program every time we go to a national park. It is a free activity and you get a cool badge for your adventure. The junior ranger program is much shorter than other junior ranger programs. We completed it rather quickly with the audio tour that is included with all tickets. The audio tour looks like a phone receiver with a lanyard and at different points you put in a number and the virtual guide explains what you are looking at. At the end of junior ranger program we got to meet ranger Louie, which was cool. He is one of three rangers that go up to the torch to make sure it is always lit (except for that one day, but that is another story).

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From Liberty Island the ferries run every 30 minutes to both New York and Ellis Island.

These are the bolts that keep the statue attached to the pedestal.
The ferries run every 30 minutes.
Denise and John arriving to Liberty Island.
AJ poses in front of the statue.
My favorite view was from the base upward.

 

This was #11 on my all time goals list. For the rest of the list please go to goaltravels.com