How to Get Crown Tickets for the Statue of Liberty

This post is about how to get Statue of Liberty crown tickets, including last-minute tickets, some tips on security requirements, views from the top, and more.

 

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HOW TO GET CROWN TICKETS

Although it’s not too difficult to purchase tickets for the Statue of Liberty, crown tickets aren’t as easy to obtain.

There’s only one way to see Lady Liberty’s crown, so tickets tend to sell out very quickly, as there are only approximately 500 per day.

With that in mind, we recommend purchasing admission for this service at least a month or two ahead of time.

How Much are Crown Tickets for the Statue of Liberty

 

During peak seasons, you’ll want to consider purchasing tickets even earlier than usual.

Statue Cruises is the only tour company authorized to provide tickets and admission to the crown.

If you want tickets for this attraction, you’ll need to visit their website and book a Crown Reserve Ticket.

Each ticket to the crown includes ferry service to/from the landmark, an audio tour of the grounds, and access to both the Ellis Island Museum and the Statue of Liberty Museum.

  • Ticket Prices: $22.25 for Adults | $17 for Seniors | $12 for Children
  • Availability: Ferry departs daily from 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Duration: As long as you want – most people stay for approximately 2-3 hours
  • Click here for tickets.

We also have a post on how to get general admission and pedestal tickets.

 


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LAST MINUTE CROWN TICKETS

The Statue of Liberty. Image Source: Wikimedia user Dominique James on November 7th, 2009.As we mentioned before, Statue Cruises is the only company allowed to provide access to Lady Liberty’s crown.

You cannot transfer tickets, so don’t buy anything off of 3rd party sites or from someone on the street.

Once crown tickets sell out, they are usually very difficult to obtain.

However, crown tickets sometimes get canceled. When this happens, it will quickly be placed back into their system.

Anyone looking for last minute crown tickets will want to keep an eye on Statue Cruise’s crown tickets calendar. It can’t hurt to call them directly at 1-877-523-9849.

Although it’s not possible to get same-day crown tickets, you could get lucky and find admission within the next few days.

Increase your chances of getting last-minute tickets by checking their reservation system regularly.

And don’t forget, the pedestal also offers great views.

 


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SECURITY FOR CROWN TICKET HOLDERS

Guests who visit the Statue of Liberty have to follow certain rules for security. These rules are even more strict for tourists who purchase a crown ticket. 

  • No food, drinks or backpacks permitted
  • No strollers allowed
  • Long umbrellas are restricted
  • Lockers are available to store bags and other belongings

 

Statue of Liberty Lockers

 


TIP: If you plan on bringing a few things with you, check out our luggage storage post for more information on storing personal belongings and bags in and around New York City. You can store a bag for an entire day for just $6.


Anyone visiting the crown will also have to keep the following security requirements in mind. These restrictions are in place for the protection of all tourists. 

  • Adults must show photo ID
  • Only 1 camera per person is permitted
  • Children must be at least 4 ft (1.2 m) tall

 

 

Additionally, it’s important to note that the stairs which lead to the crown are very steep and can be difficult for some guests to climb.

There is no elevator access to the top, so seniors and parents with young children will want to consider their physical ability before purchasing crown tickets.

This may also be a difficult climb and potentially dangerous if you are pregnant. That being said, these aren’t restrictions and you are welcome to purchase tickets as long as you follow their rules and regulations.

Check out the National Park Service website for more information.

 


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ADDITIONAL TICKET OPTIONS

Although there’s only one way to see the crown, there are many ways to see the Statue of Liberty.

In addition to their crown tickets, Statue Cruises also provides admission to Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and the Pedestal.

If you can’t get Reserve Crown tickets, we recommend one of the following alternative options.

Be sure to read our master post on visiting the Statue of Liberty for more in-depth information on these options.


Podcast Episode: Listen to tour guides Lori and Katherine discuss visiting the statue and Ellis Island on an episode of our NYC Travel Tips podcast.

 
This podcast offers bite-sized audio clips with tips on how to plan your trip to NYC. You can get our podcast on Apple, Google, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Statue of Liberty Grounds Ticket

  • Ticket Prices: $18.50 for Adults | $14 for Seniors | $9 for Children
  • Availability: Ferry departs daily from 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Duration: As long as you want – between 2-3 hours on average
  • Access the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Audio tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Priority entry into the screening facility queue for reserved-ticket holders
  • Flex-tickets are included free in all tourist attraction discount passes.

Statue of Liberty Pedestal Ticket

  • Ticket Prices: $18.50 for Adults | $14 for Seniors | $9 for Children
  • Availability: Ferry departs daily from 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Duration: As long as you want – between 2-3 hours on average
  • Includes all of the benefits of the Ground Ticket
  • Access to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal

TIP: You can actually get a pedestal ticket for free when signing up for a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty.

Several companies offer guided tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, allowing visitors to see the historic monument up close and learn about it from a knowledgeable source.

Click here to find out more about this option.

 


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VIEWS FROM THE CROWN

So what can you actually see from the Statue of Liberty’s crown? Well, if you look out over the water, you’ll get some very good views of the New York City skyline.

As you look through the windows of the crown, you might be surprised at just how small they are.

Lady Liberty may look huge from afar, but there’s actually a limited amount of room at the top of the monument.

For a better idea of what to expect, take a look at the following video. Click here to see the views from the pedestal.

 

 


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Born and raised just across the Hudson River in NJ, Stephen became a licensed NYC tour guide in 2010 and has led and organized thousands of tours since then.

He has researched and written dozens of articles with insider NYC tips, and created a podcast, titled "NYC Travel Tips & Hacks".