I have never been sightstruck until I saw the Statue of Liberty. Yes, I’ve seen the Big Ben in London and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but I have never felt a moment so surreal until I saw the Statue of Liberty. She’s in every apocalypse movie, she’s in history books, she’s in television shows…This woman is legendary.
Ray was only able to book a 9AM tour of her pedestal. The tour of the crown was already full, and they were closed for the rest of that weekend. I was still excited to finally see the Statue of Liberty!
After getting off of the plane, we went straight to our hotel to eat breakfast, and then we started walking towards the pier at 8:30 in the morning. This was my first time walking through New York. I wasn’t used to the tall buildings everywhere! It was like a movie. The walk was beautiful. Even in the winter, the trees, the birds, and the squirrels, highlighted the park. I saw her from a distance, and my heart jumped. I couldn’t believe it!
We lined up for the security check. Yes, we had to take off our jackets and scarves just like at the airport. We were finally allowed on the boat. Don’t get seasick! The ride gets pretty rocky. The boat has 3 stories. The bottom floor barely has any seats, but it does have a snack bar where you can buy food for energy before you see Lady Liberty. The top floor has more seats and a great view of the New York City Skyline as we waved it, “See ya later!”
We got off the boat and walked towards her. There is a great view of the skyline perfect for pictures! We got closer and were surprised to see another security check. We stood in line and waited patiently for our turn.
We finally got in and saw the original 1886 torch! It looks like a pimped out tea pot from a certain angle!
We went upstairs to walk through the museum and learned all about the vision of the designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, and how the Statue of Liberty was constructed. We also saw her feet!
We learned about how the media portrayed her and saw some artwork inspired by the Statue of Liberty.
At the end of the hallway, you see a picture of her face.
Afterwards, we were able to go up the stairs, make sure you have energy for these stairs, leading outside. Ah, another great view of the skyline. Although the statue was difficult to capture.
We walked back down and outside of her in order to go on our next adventure. We found out that the view is better from outside.
While waiting for the boat to come back (one every 30 minutes), we ate soup to warm us up at the cafeteria outside. The clam chowder is delicious! We walked out to a cute gift shop afterwards. There were interactive puzzles and games at the gift shop! We left with a commemorative New York shot glass for my collection and a magnet for my mom’s collection.
It was definitely something to be experienced in New York. You learn a lot about how the Statue of Liberty was built and what she came to symbolize.
Have you ever been to the Statue of Liberty? What was your favorite part? Any tips?
Date of Adventure: December 10, 2010
Location: New York, New York
Life Experience: Statue of Liberty
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‘Til next adventure!