When exploring one of the greatest cities in the world, visiting Miss America is an absolute must-do!
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In 2004, I was really excited to visit the Statue of Liberty up close, only to be told on my arrival that it was closed. People were still feeling the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks that happened in 2001, and this meant the statue had been closed to the public indefinitely. I was gutted! I was already in the area, so I decided to head to Battery Park anyway and have a look from the mainland. I stood on the shore and used my zoom lens camera to get a close-up of the most famous statue in the world. It was incredible to be able to see her, even if it was from a distance.
A few years later I was back, and this time, I was over the moon to find out that Liberty Island was once again open to tourists. As you can imagine, it was at the top of my list of things to do on my first day back in the Big Apple. I caught the ferry from Battery Park, southern Manhattan, to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located. She looks like she’s quite close to the shore, so I thought this would be a quick two-minute ferry crossing, but it was closer to twenty. I was happy with this because the longer ride meant that I got to do a full circle of the island where I saw the statue from many different angles.
My ferry tickets cost around $15:00 for a round trip, but after looking online for the current prices, they will now set you back around $18:00 for adults, $14:00 for seniors, $9:00 for kids aged between 4-12, and kids three and under get to ride the ferry for free. The prices are definitely still worth it, as after arriving on the Island, the Immigration Museum is free, and you can walk around Liberty Island until your heart’s content. However, if you would like to climb to the top of Miss America’s crown, then you have to pay. I wasn’t interested in doing this as I was quite happy to look at her from below.
For me, seeing the Statue of Liberty is one of those moments in life that I will never forget. Nothing will prepare you for its sheer magnificence. She really is awesome, although I did think she would be a little taller.
One of the downsides to my visit was how jam-packed it was on the island. It was hectic, probably one of the busiest attractions I have ever visited (or chocker-block, as we say in the UK). Though I still loved walking around the base of the statue while taking in the view. I think next time, I will make an effort to go first thing in the morning. That way, there might be slightly fewer crowds.
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY 10004, USA | www.statueoflibertytickets.com
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