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Seeing the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, New York City
Statue of Liberty Fast Facts

Dedicated on October 28, 1886 "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and presented by France as a gift to the United States.

Tickets & Admission : Purchase round trip ferry tickets at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Price includes admission to the Statue of Liberty.

New York subway: for transport to Battery Park, take the 1 train to the South Ferry station, or the 4 or 5 train to the Bowling Green station.

Open daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Hours are adjusted seasonally.

Reaching a noteworthy milestone in 2011, the Statue of Liberty was celebrated on its 125th anniversary on October 28, 2011 -- marking more than a century since Lady Liberty first opened to the public in 1866.

The launch of the Statue of Liberty 'torch cam' was only part of the extravaganza for the anniversary, topped off with a Macy's fireworks spectacular that night.

Almost immediately following, Miss Liberty was closed to the public for a year-long renovation project that was completed in 2012.

After Miss Liberty's makeover, her grand re-opening on October 28, 2012 occurred just as the famous statue turned 126 years-old.

Days later, however, extensive damage to Liberty Island -- from Superstorm Sandy -- closed Lady Liberty to the public once again. As repairs were completed the grand re-opening occurred on the 4th of July 2013.

The nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum, also damaged by Sandy, later reopened in October 2013.

All About the Statue of Liberty

Whether traveling the Eastern Seaboard or direct into New York City, a visit to the Statue of Liberty is second only to the Empire State Building on the to-do list of tourists who flock to New York City by the millions each year.

gilded torch, Statue of Liberty
During the centennial 1986
restoration, the famous torch
was gilded in 24K gold.

Its sheer size makes it a landmark in New York Harbor, where it famously played a part in the experience of 19th century immigrants whose first glimpse of the U.S. was none other than Miss Liberty.

Built from designs by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from France to the United States and dedicated on October 28, 1886. A century later, she was the scene of wild celebration and fireworks displays at her centennial in 1986. Now into the 21st century she continues to spark the imagination as an enduring symbol for freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Following the attacks of 9/11, the statue was closed to visitors for 3 years as new security measures were enacted to allow the Statue of Liberty to reopen in August 2004, with full access to the Promenade and observatory.

The statue's famous crown, which was finally opened to visitors on July 4, 2009 to great fanfare, allowed visitors full access to Miss Liberty and a sweeping view of New York Harbor through 25 windows at the statue's highest point.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty

visitors at the Statue of LibertyFor many visitors and locals alike, a trip to the statue of Liberty begins with the subway on the IRT 1, 4 or 5 lines - which all converge at Battery Park or Bowling Green.

From there, it's just matter of following the "This Way to the Statue of Liberty" signs to buy tickets at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. $13 for adult general admission includes ferry service to and from Manhattan Island.

Upon arrival, Liberty Island's 12 acres offers lots of room for picnics and family gatherings on its sprawling green lawns and park benches, along with 360-degree views of the surroundings including Manhattan Island, the New Jersey Hudson River shoreline, and Staten Island's Verazzano Narrows Bridge.At the base, you can also visit the cafeteria for a bite to eat or browse the gift shop for unique souvenirs.

Inside, also be sure to view the Statue of Liberty museum featuring lots of interesting historical photos and interesting trivia about Miss Liberty throughout her history. UPDATE: The museum is currently being completely revamped with a completely new design, and is scheduled to open in 2019.

DID YOU KNOW? Statue of Liberty fun facts:

statue of liberty head is unpacked in 1885
Lady Liberty's face -- standing 8 feet
tall -- is upacked in New York in 1885.

• The Statue of Liberty is the tallest statue in the United States.

• The seven spikes in the statue's crown represent the seven continents of the world.

• The broken shackles at the feet of Lady Liberty represent the triumph over oppression and tyranny.

• Lady Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds,and boasts a 35-foot waistline and a size 879 shoe!

• The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall and was said to be modelled after the sculptor's mother, Charlotte.

• The statue sways from side to side up to thee inches when it is windy.

The Statue of Liberty around the Web:

Miss Liberty Goes Hollywood: Top 10 Film Appearances

Statue of Liberty
- The official site with information on how to get there, hours and admission, including historical facts, interesting trivia, photo gallery, and related resources for kids and teachers.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty - A peak inside the beloved figure, with information on museum highlights and related tips for visitors.

Statue of Liberty Webcam Live - How's she looking today?

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