My husband and I recently went to NYC with my brother and sister-in-law, who live in Phoenix, AZ. My 14-year-old niece was also along.
We tried to see unsuccessfully to visit the Statue of Liberty on the first day. See the story here: here.
The next day we bravely attempted to see Lady Liberty again. We decided
to take a different route this time, so instead of driving into New York
City, we caught the PATH train from Penn Station in Newark.
At Exchange Place in the city, we caught another train to Liberty State
Park, then boarded a shuttle bus to the ferry. It turned out to much
easier than driving, even with all of the transfers.
We were able to buy tickets for the Circle Line ferry, but to go up into the Statue of Liberty, you have to make reservations in advance. Be forewarned that
you have to go through airport-type security before you board the ferry,
so leave your jackknives, lighters, etc. at home or in the car.
The ferry makes two stops, one at Ellis Island and one on Liberty Island. It was early afternoon so we skipped Ellis Island and we wanted time
to visit the Statue.
You get some stunning views of Lady Liberty from the boat, but walking
around her on the island is something to experience. There are several
places to get a bite to eat or buy souveniers, and a shaded grassy area
where many people were relaxing. You also get a beautiful view of
Manhattan from the northeast side of the island.
We enjoyed the trip much more than when we drove in. When I asked my
brother if driving in New York City reminded him of driving in Phoenix,
where he lives, he said "no".
"Actually, it reminds me of more of driving in a demolition derby," he
said. I donít think he was kidding.
If you do decide to go up inside the Statue of Liberty, keep in mind
that it is 10 degrees warmer inside that outside. I also recommend a
comfortable pair of shoes, a backpack or waist pack to keep your hands
free, and patience. Allow plenty of time to get on the ferry and to visit Ellis Island and the Statue. We all agreed that it was worth the trip, and I think you will, too.
You can also take the free Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Terminal from Staten Island, but it doesn't stop at the Statue.
For more information, see:
NYC & Company.