The Statue of Liberty is such a famous landmark. It marked entry into the United States for so many emigrating to the U.S. I’ve lived so close to New York City all of my life. This was my first visit to the Statue of Liberty. It took some friends who recently moved to the U.S. to get me to finally go. I guess Lady Liberty was never on my radar. It was definitely worth the trip.
Getting to the Statue of Liberty
My group used Statue Cruises. It was one of the main tour operators. We passed through security ( I honestly felt like I was at an airport.) and were on our way.
The boat rocked and bobbed as we boarded. There really was a lot of wind and waves that day. The boat was really nice inside. There was a food stall. Surprisingly the prices were not high. Even the ride and tour itself was reasonable.
On the way to the statue I saw sailboats large and small. They were carrying their own tour groups. I would love to take a tour on the sailboat below.
There is nothing like the New York City skyline (below). It’s so iconic and breathtaking every time I see it.
Then we reached her, Lady Liberty in all her glory. Keep scrolling for different angles of the statue.
Here I am on the ledge right below her feet. It was sooo windy that day. The climb up to that point is not for the faint of heart. (There is an elevator.) I can’t imagine walking all the way to the crown. You have to book those tickets well in advance.
The History of the Statue
Did you know that the base of the Statue of Liberty is actually a fort. Fort Wood was completed in 1811. It defended New York City. Inside the fort lies the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.
Look at two of the points of the original fort below. There are a total of eleven points encircling the statue.
There is a museum on the island that is dedicated to the Statue of Liberty. It opened in May of 2019.
The original torch and flame were renovated. Then they were eventually replaced. See the images below of the progression of the torch. In 1986 it was totally replaced.
Then it was on to Ellis Island.
Ellis Island operated from 1892 to 1954. It was the gateway into the U.S.
Take a look at the Registry Room. Thousands of people passed through this room daily. It was so large. I thought about all the people that passed through this room. They were coming with hopes and dreams of a better life.
Look at the architectural details of the ceiling. Every tile was so intricately placed. It reminded me of a giant straw basket.
You can see the people registering (below). What was on their minds? What were their plans after they were permitted entry? I’m so curious to know.
Many came to the U.S. of their own free will. They were looking for a new life. Maybe they were seeking the adventure of the unknown.
Many people were taken to the U.S. against their free will. And that is very sad. Sadder still is that this still happens in many parts of the world up until today.
This trip taught me alot. I was able to experience the first sights many experiences on their way to a brand new life. And I realize how hard it must be for anyone leaving a difficult life in hopes of a better one. I have a lot of respect for anyone who attempts it.