Battery Park and Liberty State Park, New York, NY | Directions 1000440.702715 -74.016204
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Financial District (Wall Street)
Incredible history – Climbing up in the Statue of Liberty is a lot of fun -- and claustrophobic. But, for me, the highlight was roaming around Ellis Island and setting foot on the very ground on which many of our ancestors entered the country years ago. The exhibits and photos are powerful -- and a reminder of how far we've come as a country.
a must-do – Everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty at least once in there lifetime. It helps you gain perspective and appreciate what this country offers.
Crowning Achievement – Many tourists may not realize it but The Statue of Liberty National Park is more than that giant copper woman holding a torch. It also incorporates Ellis Island, home of an excellent museum documenting the immigration experience--primarily from the early 20th century. Tours leaving from Battery Park usually incorporate either the statue and the museum or simply the latter. While extensive restoration efforts were made in honor of Lady Liberty's 100th birthday in 1986, I'm sad to report you still can't go up the arm. As it is, though, climbing up to the crown is no easy task. (Use the two hours spent waiting in line beforehand as a time to stretch your legs!) Looking out on the New York harbor from the elevated perspective, a new reading of Emma Lazarus' poem "New Colussus" will come to mind: "Give me your tired..." Indeed. It's worth it, though.
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