Spotlight Saturday – New York and the Statue of Liberty

Until I was 12 years old I lived in  New Jersey.  Something that the schools up in the North do that I believe the rest of the country misses out on is going over to New York and visiting the Statue of Liberty.  It’s a breath-taking and awe-inspiring experience to be standing at her pedestal and looking up and her magnificent height.  Today is a big day for this wonderful woman.  Yesterday…125 years ago…the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Liberty Island.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Some fun facts about the Statue of Liberty from www.statueofliberty.org.

Fun Facts About The Statue of Liberty

 If you have ever visited the Statue of Liberty in person, you already know she’s an imposing figure, but consider the following fun facts:

  • Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886
  • Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches
  • Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches
  • The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall
  • There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty
  • A tablet held in her left hand measures 23′ 7″ tall and 13′ 7″ wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
  • The Statue has a 35-foot waistline
  • There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds
  • Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)
  • At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
  • During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold
  • The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper

In her honor here are some tips about visiting her on Liberty Island.

About Visiting the Statue of Liberty

  • Statue of Liberty is free.
  • The Statue will close October 29, 2011 for a year-long upgrade project. All interiors of the Statue itself, including the museum, pedestal and crown, will be closed to the public while this work takes place. The interior of the base of the Statue, and the historic fort that is the foundation of the Statue, are scheduled for necessary upgrades to stairwells, elevators and mechanical systems. However, Liberty Island will remain open to visitors during the renovations, and views of Lady Liberty will remain unobstructed. Visitors can purchase the audio tour or join a ranger tour of the Island.
  • Pedestal/Museum Tickets are needed to visit the museum in the Statue pedestal, which can be obtained free of charge from Statue Cruises with purchase of a Reserve ticket. A limited number of Pedestal/Museum Tickets are available each day at the ticket booth by request on a first-come, first-serve basis. Crown Tickets, which include Pedestal/Museum Access, are $3 and can be purchased up to a year in advance through Statue Cruises. Crown tickets are sold out through the rest of 2011. The National Park Service website for the Statue is www.nps.gov/stli.
  • Audio Tour for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are offered for a single fee of $8 Adults and $7.25 Seniors and Children under 12. Discounts of 10% for groups of ten or more. A children’s tour features animal characters as guides. Available through Statue Cruises or on site at the Antenna International booths on both islands.
  • Ferry tickets may be purchased from Statue Cruises by calling 201-604-2800 or visiting www.statuecruises.com. Ferry ticket prices: Adults $13.00, Seniors $10.00 and Children 4-12 $5.00. Group rates are available. For details, see Group Trips at www.statuecruises.com.
  • Reserve Tickets for the ferry give visitors a specific day and time to arrive at the security screening zone and allow priority entry to security check-in, which saves visitors wait time at the departure point. Flex Tickets offer more flexibility, allowing visitors to make their trip once within a three day period. Flex Ticket holders can arrive anytime, but early arrival is suggested for security queue.
  • Due to security procedures, visitors should allow about 45 minutes to stand in line before boarding the ferry, which picks up visitors both in Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

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