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- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are Open
The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are open. Get up close to Lady Liberty for the experience of a lifetime, and visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Please note that the National Park Service is continuing to work on the restoration of parts of Ellis Island, and some areas may be closed at times.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Come experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located in New York Harbor! You’ll be surprised and impressed by how much you’ll learn and see at these world-renowned sites. Statue Cruises is the only concessioner authorized by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, to serve the public at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.
Box office open daily, 7:45am-4:30pm.
Boats depart every 30-45 minutes. First boat departs at 8:30am from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day and 9:30am the rest of the year.
Last monument entry is at 4:15pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and 3:15pm the rest of the year.
Closed Christmas Day.
One Statue Cruises ferry ride with stops at Liberty Island (Statue location) and Ellis Island. Enjoy leisure time and an audio tour on each island, plus Ellis Island Immigration Museum admission.
CityPASS does not include Crown Tickets or Monument Access.
- Statue Cruises is the official provider of tours to the Statue of Liberty. This is the only way to get this close to Lady Liberty!
- Enjoy an audio tour for both islands - free with CityPASS admission.
- Walk around Liberty Island in the shadow of Lady Liberty who stands 151 feet tall.
- CityPASS includes entrance to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
- Choose your departure and return locations: Battery Park or Liberty State Park.
Present CityPASS booklet at Boarding Queue upon arrival to board ferry. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the Prepaid ticket window, then proceed to the Flex Line.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are protected national treasures. It is necessary to clear a security checkpoint - with airport-level security.
Minors (17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult age 25 or older to board the ferry.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Crown Ticket: Crown access is not included with CityPASS admission. Crown Tickets are available by advance reservation only directly from statuecruises.com or by phone at (201) 604-2800. Crown Tickets often sell out well in advance. The climb to the crown is strenuous; there are 393 steps from the main lobby to the crown and there is no air conditioning. There is a maximum of four crown reservations allowed per order. Visitors must be at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall to visit the crown. Read more about Crown Tickets here. If you do buy a Crown Ticket for your travel date, you may use your CityPASS option ticket for a 2-hour Circle Line Cruise.
Monument Access: Monument Access includes admission to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. CityPASS does not include monument access; however, a limited number of monument passes will be available each day at no additional charge on a first-come, first served basis from the Statue Cruises ticket office. CityPASS holders are eligible to receive these monument passes, based on availability. Alternatively, you can purchase a reserve ticket with monument access directly from statuecruises.com or by phone at (201) 604-2800. Read more about Monument Access here. If you do buy Monument Access for your travel date, you may use your CityPASS option ticket for a 2-hour Circle Line Cruise.
Advice for Visitors
- Allow at least 2 hours to visit one island and 5 hours to visit both islands.
- Expect to pass through airport-level security prior to boarding the ferry. Normal wait time to enter the screening facility is generally 30 minutes or more at Battery Park (NY) and 15 minutes at Liberty State Park (NJ). Wait times are less during autumn and winter months.
- Avoid longer wait times by arriving at Battery Park before 11am or after 2pm or boarding from Liberty State Park, in New Jersey.
- Guests who depart after 2pm will only be able to visit either Liberty Island or Ellis Island because there will not be time to visit both landmarks.
Parking: There is plenty of paid parking at Liberty State Park, a good departure location if you have a car. Public transportation is recommended to Battery Park as parking is very limited in lower Manhattan.
Dining: Snack bars on all boats sell wine, beer, coffee, soda and juice. Liberty Island has multiple food options. You may bring a picnic lunch, but large coolers are not allowed past security and no food or beverages are allowed within the Statue of Liberty.
Accessibility: All vessels and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Tour: An audio tour, available in nine languages, is included with admission.
Gift Shop: Souvenirs available for purchase.
Battery Park: Public transportation is recommended as parking is very limited in lower Manhattan. Subway: Several subway stops are located near Battery Park. The 4/5 trains stop at Bowling Green, the R train stops at Whitehall Street and the 1 train stops at the South Ferry station. Bus: The M15 stops at Whitehall Street near South Ferry, walk west and follow signs for the Statue of Liberty ferries.
Liberty State Park: This is a good departure location if you have a car, as there is plenty of paid parking. Take New Jersey Turnpike, exit 14-B, follow signs to Liberty State Park. Or, take a 10-minute water taxi from NY.
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