The Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public on the Fourth of July. There are plenty of boat trips available daily to Liberty Island, but tickets to go inside the international icon of freedom and liberty for all – those tickets are sold out through September. You can visit the island, including the wonderful museum at the statue’s base, take a walking tour with one of the knowledgeable National Park Service employees, and enjoy picture postcard views of Lower Manhattan. But you can’t go inside the statue itself without a ticket, and those are sold out until Sept. 3.
A we all know by now, Liberty Island was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last October, including damage to the boat dock, walkways and basements of several buildings used by the National Park Service and the concessions which feed us and sell us Statue of Liberty souvenirs.
Statue Cruises, the one and only way to get to Liberty Island, has added additional daily cruises to Liberty Island. Even if you can’t climb inside her, it’s well worth visiting the beautiful lady in New York harbor, who is a symbol of freedom and liberty to the entire world.
Absolutely, positively, make an online reservation. Without a reservation, you will be standing on line to buy a ticket, and then standing on another line to get onto the boat. My own experience – last summer – with four out-of-town relativeswas nearly one hour on line for the boat even with paid tickets in hand.