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They call her Lady Liberty and inscribed on her base is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Statue of Liberty
OnBoard New York Tours takes its customers aboard a New York Water Taxi or the magnificent yacht, Zephyr, to see remarkable close up views of the Statue of Liberty.
OnBoard Tours does not recommend going to Liberty Island to see the Statue. The current airport-like security line is very long and can take up to 90 minutes before you board the ferry to go to Liberty Island. That can make for a four-hour round trip if you include waiting time for the return boat. The boat cruises on OnBoard’s tours take only one hour to complete and there is always plenty of room. Nevertheless, if you would still like to go to the Statue of Liberty aboard the Liberty Ferry, we really recommend you do that on a different day than the day of your OnBoard Tour. You can purchase your tickets for the Statue of Liberty Ferry to go to Liberty Island through OnBoard Tours. Call us at 1-877-U-TOUR-NY or 1-212-852-4821 to book your tickets.
Here is some history of the Statue of Liberty:
Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of freedom in the world. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her one-hundred year anniversary on July 4, 1986. The Statue of Liberty is the most visited tourist attraction in New York City. It is also the 2nd most photographed landmark in the United States behind the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Many of our customers ask if they can go up the Statue. Unfortunately, both the crown and the torch are closed off to the public. In fact, the torch was closed in 1916 due to structural issues that arose after a bomb went off at nearby Black Tom Wharf during World War I. Until September 11, 2001, visitors could climb to the observatory in the statue’s crown. Since the statue was reopened in December of 2001, the crown has remained closed due to security concerns. Tourists may climb to the top of the pedestal (approximately 10 stories) and enjoy the view from there. With this in mind, it makes one wonder why go to Liberty Island at all? You can go inside the base of the Statue of Liberty, but there is nothing more to do or see other than a close-up picture with the family.