The Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty, NYC © D Ramey Logan
The universal symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing seen by 12 million immigrants passing through Ellis Island Immigration Center. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes, the French donated the statue in 1886. The reason was to commemorate the alliance between the two countries during the American Revolution. The ferry calls at both Liberty and Ellis Islands, and tourists can visit the Ellis Island Museum documenting the experiences of the immigrants. On Liberty Island, advance bookings allow visitors to access the crown of the famous statue, but these tickets must be booked some six months in advance for peak summer season.
Address: Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Transport: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry from South Ferry at Battery Park to Liberty and Ellis islands. Ferries depart approximately every 30 minutes.
Opening times: Ferries depart between 9am and 3.30pm.
Admission: Ferry fee (which includes access to the grounds around the statue): $18.50. Tickets for access to the Pedestal and Crown must be booked in advance.