Plan Your Visit

Things to Know Before Your Visit

Purchasing Tickets
Depending on the time of year, tickets can sell out months in advance. Especially those that allow the visitor access inside the Statue of Liberty Monument or Crown. You may purchase advance tickets online before they sell out. BUY NOW to avoid the long lines for day of tours and the chance that your preferred travel date may already be in limited supply.

Tour Duration
Tours are self-guided, and can last between three to five hours, depending on your pace when you visit both Ellis and Liberty Island.

Food & Beverages
There are concession stands on all the boats which sell healthy snacks and beverages, as well as merchandise. There are also concession stands and gift stores on both Liberty and Ellis Island.

You can take your own food to the island, but large coolers will not be permitted past security.

Park Programs
The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island often have ongoing special exhibits, as well as special programs and tours, that may be offered on the day you visit. Please be sure to check with rangers on Liberty and Ellis Island for the programs that are available on the day of your visit.

All vessels are wheelchair accessible. Statue Cruises personnel are available to assist visitors that require the use of a wheelchair. Upon arrival at either Battery Park or Liberty State Park visitors that require the use of a wheelchair should ask to speak to the Ticket Office Manager, who will then coordinate the personnel that will assist with entry inside the screening facility as well as boarding the Statue Cruises vessel. Once the visitor is on either Ellis or Liberty Island our personnel will assist with boarding the vessels.

What to Wear
Dress for the season when you visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. During the summer months temperatures can rise to the high 90's with high humidity. In the winter temperatures are chilly. Be sure to dress in layers in case conditions change suddenly.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking a great deal during your visit.

Visitors to the Park are required to submit to airport style security screening before boarding vessels departing from Ellis Island. Visitors to the Monument undergo additional security screening.

Bags & Backpacks
Large bags are not allowed on Liberty or Ellis Islands. There are no locker facilities at the New York and New Jersey embarkation points. Backpacks, strollers and large umbrellas are not permitted in the Monument.