Adventure KidsTM aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta have another exciting adventure, this time in New
York City with Statue City Cruises exploring Ellis
Island and Liberty Island home of the iconic symbol of
the United States, the Statue of Liberty
affectionately known as "Lady Liberty."
After a summer of blistering hot weather,
we were delighted that the weather was a bit cooler with bright blue skies on
the day of our visit on Friday, August 19, 2022, as it was our intention to not
only experience the Statue of Liberty from the ground, but also to climb to its
pedestal, walking up 195 steps to reach the top.
ourselves enough time to visit both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, as well as
spend time discovering their museums, we boarded the ship, Miss New York,
at 11:05 am from Battery Park. Wanting the best view and to enjoy the beautiful
day and the spectacular New York City and New Jersey skylines, we headed to the
top deck where we stood at the railing with the gentle breeze blowing in our
hair. While you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance from Battery
Park, there is nothing quite like the thrilling experience of seeing her up
close from the ship. As we approached Liberty Island, the positive energy and
excitement of the passengers was intoxicating, and although many different
languages were spoken, the universal language of joy was easily understood as
the Statue of Liberty came into view.
French sculptor and painter Frederick Bartholdi (1834 - 1904), the Statue of
Liberty, officially known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was gifted
to the United States on October 28, 1886. Made with an iron structure and a
copper overlay, which has developed a rich green patina due to age, Lady
Liberty stands at an impressive height of 151-feet, 1-inch (46 meters, 2.5
centimeters) tall, and has a waist measuring 35-feet (10.67 meters). From the
ground up to the top of her torch the statue measures 305-feet tall (92.96
meters). She holds a torch in her right hand, and a tablet in her left hand
bearing the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4,
1776. Also interesting is that her crown has seven points which represent the
seven seas and the seven continents. She is magnificent to behold both
symbolically as the icon and beacon of the United States as well as an
exceptional work of art.
our adventure at Liberty Island where we were awestruck by the beauty and by
the magnitude of the majestic statue. After photographing her from all sides
from the ground, we opted to climb to the Top of the Pedestal (the Crown was
still closed for renovations). Although you can take an elevator, we decided to
get the full experience by climbing the 195 steps. Passing our first milestone,
the plaque on the wall noted we had 176 steps to go. Along the way, we learned
many interesting facts about the statue by taking time to read the plaques at
milestone 128 steps and milestone 108 steps and take a short rest on a hot day.
When we reached the 67 steps remaining milestone, we learned that the statue could
sway 3-inches, and the torch can sway almost 6-inches in very strong winds.
Thankfully, it was a calm day, and the only swaying being done was by the
visitors who swayed to get the best views. With 26 steps to go before we
reached the top of the pedestal. we learned that the statue functioned as a
lighthouse for 16 years and her light could be seen an estimated 24 miles away!
We climbed the last of the steps and went outside to appreciate the 360-degree
views and the enormity of the statue. We took photographs from all sides of the
pedestal, then made our way back down, which of course, was much easier than
our walk up.
View from the pedestal
stop on Liberty Island was a visit to the Museum which provided additional
history, facts, and artifacts on the statue, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing
the many exhibits. With so much more yet to experience, we boarded the ferry for
Museum Tour - Life Size mold of Statue of Liberty Face
to note about Ellis Island, also known as the "Island of Hope and Tears,"
is that it functioned as a point of entry for immigrants arriving from 1892
until 1954. It is estimated that over 12-million immigrants were processed there,
and it is estimated that "close to 40% of all current US citizens can trace at
least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island."
genealogy and history fans, a visit to Ellis Island will provide a treasure
trove of valuable information. The Museum has wonderful photographs and
exhibits that bring the immigrant experience at Ellis Island to life. We
especially loved seeing the clothes and treasures from many different countries
along with their stories, which brought the people and their history to life. There
were also many photographs of the ships that the passengers arrived on, that
provided an emotional connection for many visitors who were able to trace their
ancestors to the ship they boarded for their journey to America.
Photos of the people passing through Ellis Island
thoroughly exploring the wealth of information available at the Ellis Island
Immigration Museum, we boarded the ferry that would take us to Battery Park,
and back to the present, after a wonderful day exploring and appreciating the
Objects of Remembrance
Good to Know Before You Go
Statue City Cruises depart from The
Battery in Manhattan, and from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The first
cruises depart from Battery Park and from Liberty State Park at 9:00 am with
the last cruise of the day departing at 4:30 pm with lots of scheduled trips
throughout the day.
Ellis Island Hall
To fully experience both Liberty Island
and Ellis Island and their interesting and informative museums allow a minimum
of 3-4 hours for your visit. There are concession stands and a café where you
can purchase refreshments as well as gift shops to bring home a special
remembrance of your visit. You can also purchase refreshments on the ferry.
There is airport-style security and
all-minors (17 years old and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult
25 years old or older. There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes.
About City Experiences
"City Experiences represents Hornblower Group's expansive
portfolio of water- and land-based experience companies and includes two sub-brands:
City Cruises and City Ferry. City Cruises companies operate dining, sightseeing
and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. City
Cruises companies also operate cruises on behalf of the National
Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently hold service
contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument
and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Alcatraz Island and
Niagara Falls. City Ferry companies offer specialized knowledge and expertise
required to transport passengers, vehicles, and other cargo safely across
inland and coastal waterways, serving as operator of NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico
ferry system, among others. City Experiences' portfolio of companies
also offers a range of land-based experiences including
shore excursions, partner-offered experiences, multi-port packages,
with companies including Cruising Excursions, ShoreTrips and
Walks products. For more information visit cityexperiences.com."
"Hornblower Group is a global leader in experiences and
transportation. Hornblower Group's corporate businesses are comprised of three premier
experience divisions: American Queen Voyages®, its overnight
cruising division; City Experiences, its land, and water-based
experiences as well as ferry and transportation services; and Journey Beyond,
Australia's leading experiential travel group. Spanning a 100-year history,
Hornblower Group's portfolio of international offerings includes water-based
experiences (dining and sightseeing cruises), land-based experiences (walking
tours, food tours and excursions), overnight experiences (cruises and railways)
and ferry and transportation services. Hornblower Shipyard, LLC, a
subsidiary of Hornblower Group, provides vessel outhaul and maintenance
services at our shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Additionally, Anchor Operating System, LLC,
a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, provides reservation, ticketing, and website
integration services for clients in the transportation, tourism, and
entertainment industries. Today, Hornblower Group's global portfolio covers 112
countries and territories, 125 U.S. cities and serves more than 22 million
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Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London,
United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; Dublin, Ireland; and
across Ontario, Canada. For more information visit hornblowercorp.com."
See you at the Statue of Liberty
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors: $18, Children: $12, Children (under 3 years):
free. Tickets include self-guided audio tours on Liberty Island and Ellis
Island. Note: Minors (17 years and under) must be accompanied by a responsible
adult 25-years or older. Although you can purchase tickets
onsite inside Castle Clinton, it is highly recommended that you purchase your
tickets in advance, to ensure availability and save time.
For more information about Statue City
Cruises and City Experiences, as well as purchasing tickets, please visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/
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