Statue of Liberty: Sweet & Slow, Wet & Wild, or Fun & Free?
You just have to meet her, specially if it’s your first time in New York. Once back home, people who learn that you have been to New York will pose the first question: have you seen the Statue of Liberty? I suppose I succumbed more to this pressure than actual desire or keenness to see the statue.
By the way, if Lady Liberty can so famously represent freedom whilst fully clothed then why are covered Muslimahs viewed as oppressed?
Back in Boston, I checked online if we could purchase a ticket with access to the crown. Turns out you have to book several months in advance to get this! I just checked the availability again today and the next available date is in September.
“That’s okay,” Masood and I tried to console ourselves, “We can conserve our energy to see the rest of the city if we don’t climb to the crown.” You see, there are 162 narrow and tight steps from the top of the pedestal to the crown. There is no elevator access from the top of the pedestal to the crown platform. That is quite a workout for a tourist who only has two days to spare to see the city!
By the way, we bought the tickets on site for $17 per person ($13 for the ferry and $4 for the audio that we forgot to claim!). Online tickets can be purchased from the Statue Cruises’ website.
Warning: Airport-style security ahead!
For a brief moment, I felt like I was boarding a flight! The security is complete with those metal detecting gates and X-ray machines for the bags. Shoes, belts and jackets were removed. Pockets were emptied.
It was a hot day so we stayed in the covered, lower deck of the boat while waiting for the rest of the visitors to arrive.
Wet & Wild
Owner’s description: New York’s only jet-powered thrill boat! The Beast leaves all others in its wake as the Captain takes this custom-built 70-foot offshore racing powerboat up to 45mph on a ride down to the Statue of Liberty.
Some of the positive reviews online include:
“Absolutely hilarious and fun. My (almost) 60 year old mum and I had a brilliant time on the beast. The loud music was great, totally added to the fun and we got close up photos of the Manhattan sky line and statue of liberty.”
“They stop right in front of the statue for photos and then the crew went around to take your photo for you using your own camera. This was probably the best part of the trip. The views and photo ops from the boat are far better than actually on liberty island. As you can’t actually climb the statue at the moment we didn’t even bother with the hassle and long lines going to the island as there was really no point.”
And some weren’t too happy:
“The guys operating this boat will do anything and EVERYTHING to get you soaked…and if the tsunami of toxic waves attacking you aren’t enough, they’ve got super-soakers that they blast the kids with! I wore sunglasses, and they were ZERO protection from the torrential river bursts…my contacts were SATURATED, my eyes were burning, and all I could think of was rushing back to the hotel and de-toxing! Honestly, if you’re a germ-phobe don’t even THINK about this one!”
“For 25 minutes only, there is no time for courtesy here, it’s a ping pong ride to one location, if you wish to experience the true tour of NY, take the traditional boat, the tour is more rich and covers many of NY landmarks over the 90 min duration.”
But we took the regular cruise and enjoyed the slow cruise down River Hudson:
Sweet & Slow
We love this kid!
We were so entertained by how parents were instructing their children to pose in front of the statue! So much excitement.
We strolled around a bit, took photographs, looked back at the famous skyline, then headed back to the ferry.
Meet the Battery Park Eagle:
This bronze eagle is part of the World War II war memorial in Battery Park in New York City. The eagle is set on a pedestal of polished black granite, grips a laurel wreath over a wave—signifying the act of mourning at the watery grave.
This statue was created by Albino Manca, an Italian-born sculptor and was installed on February 4, 1963. The memorial was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy three months later.
Want a free ride? Here’s a tip:
My sister, Sophia and her BFF, Saima ji, told me about this. Instead of paying for the boat ride, climb aboard the Staten Island Ferry. This ferry provides service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. This basically is designed for the city commuters so it does not really stop at the Liberty Island. However, it sails very close to the island allowing you to enjoy a close-up view of Lady Liberty. And it’s absolutely free! That’s fun and free for you!
Kero, another Dubai blogger, writes about her trip to see the Statue of Liberty here.
Kenneth blogs about how things look beneath Lady Liberty’s dress here.