As a token of their friendship, “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was gifted to the United States by the French people.
It was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Every day, around 10,000 people visit this monumental statue located on an island in Lower Manhattan.
Unique attractions at the statue
The statue weighs around 225 tons. One can access it from inside through a staircase, with 154 steps, from the pedestal and up to the head. Also, the light green color of the statue is due to the weathering of the original copper layering. Here are some of the exciting things to see when visiting Liberty Island:
- Statue of Liberty Exhibit: Located inside the pedestal right below the statue, this museum has a huge collection of photographs and artifacts with detailed descriptions of the events relating to the monument’s history.
- Visiting the Crown: One of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City, the crown can only be visited by reservations.
- Visiting the Pedestal: Roughly half the height of the entire monument, the pedestal offers scenic views of New York, New Jersey, New York Harbor, and Ellis Island. Also, the pedestal provides reservations.
History of Lady Liberty
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the copper statue; however, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel built its steel framework (from the Eiffel Tower fame). As a project, it was a joint effort between France & the United States. It also became a symbol of the friendship between the people of both countries. The French were responsible for the statue’s make and its assembly, but the Americans built the pedestal on which the statue would stand.
The French gave it the name “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.” The statue was a depiction of a woman holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet in her left. Upon the tablet, the adoption date of the Declaration of Independence, i.e., July 4, 1776, is engraved. Also, the seven rays on her crown represent the seven continents and the shackles on feet symbolize oppression and dictatorship.
The completion and unveiling of the statue took over 21 years. On October 28, 1886, the at-the-time President of the United States, Grover Cleveland inaugurated the Statue of Liberty.
Later, in 1924, it was designated as a National Monument.
Something for everyone
From hiking up to the crown, to ferry ride to Ellis Island for a history lesson, a visit to the Lady Liberty has a lot to offer to kids and elderly, likewise. Some of these places include:
- Fort Wood
- Shearwater Classic Schooner Sail
- Harbor Lights Cruise
- Clipper City Tall Ship Sail
Places around the Statue
Once done with the tour of the main monument, there is a lot to explore around. Here are is a list of such places:
- Ellis Island
- The National 9/11 Memorial
- 9/11 Ground Zero Tour
- Governors Island National Monument
- Liberty Island
- Liberty State Park
- Museum of Jewish Heritage
Purchasing a ticket for a ferry ride is a must and includes access to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
Best eateries around town
If sightseeing and history lessons were not enough, many food joints with a variety of food are available. Some of them are:
- Statue of Liberty Crown Café
- Liberty House Restaurant
- Hometown Bar-B-Que
- Razza Pizza Artigianale
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- The Iroquois New York
- City Vineyard
So with this ready-to-go itinerary, you know what to do, the next time you are in New York.