The Statue of Liberty is right on our doorstep! Catch the ferry year round from Liberty State Park and skip the lengthy NYC lines. Did you know that the statue is only 2,000 feet (610 m) from Jersey City & over two miles (3 km) from NYC with virtually no lines on the Jersey City side. You board the ferry just outside the historic Central Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park, where nearly two-thirds of the twelve million immigrants who entered this country through Ellis Island departed for their new homes.
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
Ellis Island was the former federal immigration processing station which processed over 12 million third class and steerage immigrants between 1892 and 1954 and was named after the former owner of the island, Samuel Ellis. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the Jersey City coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
Statue Cruises ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island leaves from both Jersey City and NYC. The Jersey City ferry leaves from:
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
NOTE: The Statue of Liberty Interior Will Close for a Year: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says it needs a $27.25 million renovation for additional safety improvements. The Statue's interior will officially close on October 29, 2011, Liberty Island will remain open during the renovation which are expected to take a year. You can still visit the island, walk around the statue...she will still look as lovely as ever!
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Junior Ranger Program: The on-site program is available to children between 7 and 12 years of age. This family friendly program gives participants an opportunity to learn about one of the world's most famous symbols of freedom. The activities are fun and teach children about the National Park Service, this site and why this National Monument is important to protect and preserve.
The Statue of Liberty was voted by Travel and Leisure as World's #1 Most Popular Landmark for 2012!
Things to do in Liberty State Park:
-Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
-See the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ)
- Take your need for speed to the track at Pole Position Raceway. This brand new 80,000 square foot indoor karting facility featuring the fastest electric cars in the US & tracks developed by NASCAR racers.
-Stop by the Liberty Science Center where learning science is both fun and educational
-Dine, and relax on the waterfront.
-Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The waterfront pathway goes from Bayonne, past Liberty State Park and the Statue of Liberty all the way north into Hoboken and is over 18.5 miles long. Rent a bicycle to enjoy it all.
-Visit the Interpretive Center at Liberty State
-Take a boat tour of NYC and spend a lovely afternoon out on the water.
-Liberty State Park- 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza
-Check the calendar to see what events are happening today in Liberty State Park