Hundreds of replicas of the Statue of Liberty (Lady Liberty) have been created worldwide, but have you ever seen the real one? The first Statue Of Liberty we saw was in Paris and it wasn’t until several years later that we had our first glimpse of this beauty in New York. The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. The statue has become a universal symbol of hope, freedom and democracy.
If we haven’t convinced you yet that CityPASS is a great way to explore all the top sights of New York, here is another great adventure to show you: visiting the Statue Of Liberty. Thanks to our CityPASS, we hopped on a boat tour with Statue Cruises. When you use the pass, you can save 40% or more on New York’s 6 best attractions. Statue Cruises is the ONLY authorized official provider of tickets and tours to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. All you have to do is show your CityPASS at the ticket booth and you are good to go! Your ticket will provide you with round trip boat tour transportation in New York Harbor, with boats arriving and departing consistently so you never have to wait long.
We arrived too late in the day to be able to do more than get an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty and walk around Liberty Island, but it was great to see the sights from the water on a beautiful day full of sunshine, and get a taste of just how huge the Statue of Liberty is when you see it in person. If we had more time, we would have loved to explore Ellis Island. Make sure you arrive early so you can take advantage of the full experience.
Take a look below at what you’ll be able to experience, but keep in mind that the photos really do not do the Statue of Liberty justice; you really need to see it in person to understand the massive size of it — what are you waiting for?
Our visit in photos:
Did you know?
The facts below are courtesy of the Liberty Ellis Foundation:
- Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches.
- Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches.
- The Statue has a 35-foot waistline.
- Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds).
- During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.
- There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds.
- The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall.
- A tablet held in her left hand measures 23′ 7″ tall and 13′ 7″ wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).
- Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886.
- There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty.
- The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper.
- At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny.