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Statue of Liberty

Four million visitors come yearly to see American icon in person


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The image of the Statue of Liberty or Lady Liberty is well-known worldwide. Nevertheless, millions of visitors continue to come to New York determined to see the iconic landmark with their own eyes. Frenchman Gustave Eiffel created this 152-feet high statue on October 28, 1866, and it was a present from France on occasion of America's 100th birthday. Since then, it has been recognized as a universal symbol of freedom.

Although the Statue of Liberty is a year-round attraction, we recommend avoiding the busiest season between April and September. Fall and winter months are less crowded and hence more enjoyable. On the other hand, the summer season offers the best weather, so it's up to your priorities. Regardless of what season you choose, the best time of day is early mornings, preferably the first ferry which departs at 9:30 am. Weekdays are better than weekends.

A wise way to save time wasted on waiting in lines is to buy a ticket online or book a guided tour, especially if you'd like to climb to the crown of the statue. Besides the Liberty Island, Statue of Liberty Pedestal with the Museum and viewing point, on your statue cruise you'll also drop by Ellis Island which once welcomed waves of immigrants.

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