Tour the Museum
If heights and climbing stairs aren’t your idea of a dream NYC vacation, no need to worry. Get a taste of history at the Statue of Liberty Museum where you can check out photographs, historical objects, videos, and even see a full-scale replica of Lady Liberty’s foot and face!
Explore Liberty Island
Another great way to learn more about the history of the Statue of Liberty is on an informative tour led by National Park Service Rangers or on a self-guided audio tour available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. If you’re more of a do-it-yourself traveler, you can stroll across the lush 12-acre island and enjoy a picnic lunch in the grass on a warm New York summer day. Food is available for sale on Liberty Island for those sightseers who would prefer to cool off with an ice cream cone or chow down on a juicy hot dog from one of the island’s vendors.
Statue of Liberty Quote
Many people often wonder what the quote reads on the Statue of Liberty. The quote - actually a sonnet - is best known for the line "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." The Statue of Liberty quote meaning is far from cryptic: it's a welcome to those weary travelers who have journeyed thousands of miles to make a home in the Land of the Free.
So who is the Statue of Liberty quote author? It's none other than Emma Lazarus. Lazarus wrote the sonnet "New Colossus" for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. While the fundraiser was a success, Lazarus was soon forgotten, and it wasn't until a close friend campaigned to have Lazarus's poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that the poet once again found recognition. The Statue of Liberty quote inscription is now stored in the Statue of Liberty Museum.
Even More Options
The Statue of Liberty can be seen without setting foot on Liberty Island
You can even catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty without setting foot on Liberty Island. The Staten Island Ferry is free and offers unbeatable views of the New York Harbor and Lady Liberty, while lower Manhattan’s Battery Park and the Brooklyn Promenade are great places to view the Statue of Liberty from a distance. Make yours a romantic New York City vacation by cuddling your sweetie on a park bench while taking in the beauty of the Statue of Liberty across the water.
Know Before You Go
Due to security measures and frequent renovations, the Statue of Liberty is closed to the public at certain times. Make sure to check and see if the monument will be open during your next NYC vacation. If it’s closed, there’s no need to worry - click here for other amazing activities to enjoy on your fun-filled New York getaway!
There are plenty of other NYC Attractions to check out if the Statue of Liberty is not open, and there are several big NYC attraction discounts that can help you do it all for less!
Know Statue of Liberty Videos
|Statue of Liberty Lightshow |
A fantastic video of the statue of Liberty in New York City, showing the many variations of light displays on the statue at night.