LOCATION: New York City, NY
I’ve been to NYC four times in my life. Each of those times, the crown portion of the Statue of Liberty has been closed either due to security reasons, or due to construction. I have been to the statue before, just not the crown part, which is what I’ve really wanted to experience.
The crown tickets are limited and sell out three months in advanced. So yes, I’m crazy, picked a date three months ago and drove up just for that. I decided to go to the New Jersey Liberty State Park side since it was less crowded and offered parking. This was definitely the way to go as there was no hassle or crowds. Once there, I walked around some and quickly made my way to the access point.
From the main lobby to the crown there are 377 steps. From the platform to the crown, steps consisted of a spiral staircase of very tiny 146 steps. This was definitely a workout and not for the faint of heart. Once to the top, and I caught my breath, I noticed that the crown platform was extremely tiny. I think the whole area could fit about five people comfortably.
The windows looking out did not provide much of a view like it seemed it would have. I tried to take some pictures but was told to just lean my arm out the window and hope for the best. I stayed up there for about 5 minutes and then made my way back down the second set of spiral staircases.
While I’m super happy I am able to say I made my way to the crown, I definitely think a trip to the statue with access to the pedestal is the worthy way to go. Great views can be seen from the pedestal and the museum inside is very informative and interesting. No trip to NYC is complete without lady liberty!
WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN: I would visit the statue again, but would opt to not do the crown portion.
HOW TO DO THIS: Tickets for the crown are $21 and sell out months in advance. http://www.statuecruises.com