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Old 03-29-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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Planning to do the tourist thing in NYC this summer, just wanted input. Statue Cruises offers Hard Hat tours to see the other side of Ellis Island, in addition to visiting Liberty Island (which sounds rather interesting). However, it doesn't appear that this ticket ($53 pp) grants access to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

I've been in the past, so I wouldn't mind missing it. However, my teenage son hasn't been yet. I really don't want to shell out more money to get access to the pedestal. Will I regret this decision? Thoughts?
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:39 PM
 
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I'd personally put a tour of Ellis Island higher on my list than Liberty. I think seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water is more impressive and a better vantage point personally. Obviously PLENTY of people feel completely different so it's all about perspective and what your son wants out of it. If he's never been to it I'm sure being up close and personal with Lady Liberty will be a pretty cool thing and a nice story to tell friends. So that's worth some money in itself, just the memory factor.
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:16 AM
 
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I don't think visiting Liberty Island is that important. Instead I would suggest taking the free Staten Island ferry which gives one a great view/photo opportunity of both the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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There is a museum on the pedestal, and views. Views from the grounds are equally ok, and you will also have them from the ferry. So, I say skip.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:09 AM
 
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Thanks for your thoughtful responses. Having been inside the Statue of Liberty, I honestly don't remember much (except for doing the crown years ago - and I can't see my fat butt doing that now). We've seen it from the SI ferry, and the views are breathtaking. Maybe we'll just stop on Liberty Island for the feel of it, but I think I will opt out of paying extra to enter the statue. I'd rather save that money and eventually do the top of the Empire State Building with him instead.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:50 AM
 
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Fellow NYers (or visitors) - I looked into Empire State Building tickets. Obviously they weren't cheap either. But I found what I think is a better option:

If you hold a Mastercard, you can get 20% off tickets for One World Observatory for 20% off on Mondays (go to the website for Mastercard Priceless Cities for this, and other promotions). The website said the promo was only available through May 23rd, but I was able to secure the discount tickets for Memorial Day.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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As far as I know there is not extra fee for pedestal access and tickets are fist come first served.

Crown access is $3 extra

https://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/fees.htm
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:23 AM
 
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The ferry fee has gone up from $6 in 1987 to around $12 in early 2000's to $18 today. And crown was free in 1987 when I went up on a freezing December day.
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Thanks for that info, unfortunately the Ellis Island Hard Hat tour tickets don't include the pedestal access. I really think the tour will be interesting enough to forfeit pedestal access. But I wonder if I could try to get pedestal access passes when I check in for the ferry, as it appears they are not available once on Liberty Island.
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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As for the ferry tickets costing 3X what they did in 1987, it sure would be nice if incomes rose at the same rate!
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