One of the world's most recognizable monuments, long seen as a symbol of American and global democracy, the Statue of Liberty National Monument is a historical and cultural icon. It comprises of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, most famous for the statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States in 1886 which has symbolized peace and democracy in the country for over a century.
Located in New York, The Statue of Liberty, formally known as 'Liberty Enlightening the World', standing at 305 feet, receives thousands of visitors from all over the world annually. An elevator within the statue carries visitors up to the observation deck, which can also be accessed by stairs, and another staircase leads up to an observation platform in the statue's crown.
The island can only be accessed by ferries from Liberty State Park in New Jersey and Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The island was designed with distinct circulation patterns that highlight historically significant views. Another noticeable landscape feature is the expansive lawn in front of the Statue and the distinct grove of London planes dedicated in memory of the events of September 11th.
The statue was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. There are numerous activities for visitors of the island of all ages. Kids can take part in the island's Junior Ranger Program. The Liberty Island Museum is also one of America's most famous museums and the historical and modern day significance of this monument makes it a must visit for your next trip to New York.