One of the world’s most famous landmarks is the Statue of Liberty and I definitely would not miss the chance to visit the icon of democracy in person.
The forgetful me realized that I wasn’t carrying my trusty camera as we were on our way to Battery Park so I had no choice but to use my then recently-acquired iPhone X to record the trip. I was pretty satisfied with the image quality of this phone thus far so even if I was bummed out that I don’t have my camera with me, I didn’t mind it so much.
Our trip to the Statue of Liberty starts at Battery Park where we’ll get our tickets and board the ferry. It is such a lovely park overlooking the bay and the statue of Liberty as well.
Getting to Liberty Island feels a bit like going to another country as the security screening is at the same level as that of an international airport. I can’t really say that I’m surprised given how important the Statue of Liberty is. The process is quite efficient though so I don’t think anybody minded it. And it’s actually a delight staying inside the security screening tent at that time as outside temperature was almost freezing and it was so windy. Eventually though, we had to wait for our ferry outside, which wasn’t that long.
We opted to sit at the top of the ferry which was wide open despite the wind chill. From here, you have a magnificent view of New York City, Jersey City (New Jersey), the Statue of Liberty, the clear blue sky, and the flying sea gulls that seem to be cruising along with our ferry. It’s one of those moments I’m glad I have my gloves as my fingers were going numb after prolonged exposure to the chilly wind, and that it can operate touchscreens so I can continue taking pictures!
It doesn’t really take that long to get to Liberty Island. As we were arriving, we can already see the next passengers that will take the ferry onto its next destination. For us though, our first agenda is to fill our stomachs at the cafeteria.
After we had our fill, we just went around the island to take photos of Lady Liberty and the surrounding areas. There were signs along the way for some additional information for visitors and at the back lie the entrance to the statue. We didn’t know that entering the podium of the statue required a separate prior booking so we just stayed outside. After circling the island, we went back to the pier to catch the next ferry back.
The next stop of the ferry from Liberty Island is Ellis Island, another historical landmark. It used to be the main gateway to the US from 1892 to 1924, so in those days this was where your first steps on American soil would take place. We didn’t alight the ferry here and continued with it back to New York City.
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- A Journey of Superlatives
- Taoyuan International and EVA Air Infinity Lounge
- Houston, We’ve Arrived!
- Exploring Houston
- Space Center Houston
- Hello Again, San Francisco!
- Delayed in Detroit
- New York City
- The Statue of Liberty
- Niagara Falls
- Washington, D.C.
- The High Line
- Central Park
- More of NYC