The Statue of Liberty attracts millions of visitors every year, who come from around the world to experience this symbol of New York City that also represents America and universal freedom. At Arlo Hotel, we recommend visitors take several steps while planning their visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
The first tip is to buy tickets in advance for the ferry ride. You must take the ferry to get to the statue. We recommend advance purchasing and if possible, to grab the first ferry of the day for the least wait times. Arriving an hour before the ferry’s departure is advisable. We also suggest visitors allot six to seven hours for their visit. There’s the time to take the ferry, go through the Ellis Island exhibits, and time spent walking around the Statue of Liberty itself. If you want to walk up to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, then you want to buy tickets weeks in advance. You also want to be sure you’re physically able to make this climb, which is the equivalent of 27 stories and is completed in a narrow space that’s quite hot during summer. There isn’t much shade on Liberty Island, so be sure you pack sunscreen and water to avoid finishing your day exhausted and sunburnt instead of inspired.
While it appears Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty are in New Jersey when looking at a map, an agreement from the mid 1800’s established the islands are New York territory despite being on the New Jersey side of the state line. Some fun facts we’ve learned at Arlo SoHo Hotel about the Statue of Liberty to consider before your visit; it is named after the Greek goddess Libertas, the crown’s spikes represent the seven continents and oceans, it’s struck by lightning hundreds of times per year, and the framework was designed by Gustave Eiffel, namesake of the Eiffel Tower.