First, each household/credit card is only allowed to purchase no more than 4 tickets every six months. And tickets are sold out months in advance so if you have a specific time you’d like to visit make reservations early. (We bought ours in the middle of July when the first available date was the end of October.) I suggest that August in the Crown of Liberty might be extremely hot.
Driving in from South of the Statue we caught the ferry from Liberty State Park in New Jersey which is much less crowded than catching it from the Battery in New York City. Don’t mix up parking at the Science Center with parking at Liberty Park. It’s NOT the same.
After parking it’s a good walk to pick up Crown tickets at “will call”. Each person whose name is on the receipt must be present with a photo ID. Each person will be given a ticket and a wristband which is cut from the wrist at the beginning of the assent into the body of the Statue of Liberty.
Another walk down a cobblestone path leads to the first security screening before catching the ferry. Much like airport security pockets must be emptied, jackets removed, belts removed, and steel-toed boots put through an x-ray scanner. Save time by carrying on your person only your tickets, money, ID, credit card, cell phone/camera. Purses and backpacks are a real hindrance especially later.
The ferry carries over 500 people but is boarded quickly and often. First stop is Ellis Island which we did not visit but does come as part of the cost of the ticket which actually pays for the ferry ride as there is no admission cost to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.
Upon arrival at Liberty Island walk toward the American flag then turn right for the entrance to the Statue. There is another security screening here. Same procedure as before. The process is quick. However all purses, bags, strollers, backpacks, etc. MUST be stashed in a locker. There was a slow line to get to the lockers which are $2 for 2 hours. We bypassed this holdup because we had no extra baggage.
We took an elevator to the to the top of the pedestal (the foot of the statue). From there we walked 162 very tight steps to the crown. On the way up there are small platforms which allow stepping off the stairs momentarily to catch a breath and inspect the inside of the Statue’s structure. In the Crown area we three (and two Park Rangers) took photos of the scenery and were assisted with photos by the rangers who also answered questions and generally gave us interesting information.
Coming down the steps was uneventful but still a walk in a very restricted space. After that we zoomed through the museum which is in the pedestal and only available to people with pedestal or crown tickets.
We ate at the café and bought a few postcards at the gift shop. The postcard selection was not very good but we had brought stamps with us and wanted to post them from the island.
Then we boarded the ferry for our return trip to the car. If you have any questions about our trip I’m happy to answer them.