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Visiting Statue of Liberty with kids

Whether you’re looking for an immersive educational experience or just want a nice day out with the kids, the Statue of Liberty is a must-see stop for family trips in NYC.

In this guide, we’ll provide you with our best tips for visiting the Statue of Liberty with kids. From navigating Liberty Island with strollers to entertaining teens, you’ll get all the info you need to make your trip to this iconic landmark a memorable one.

Buy tickets in advance

Visiting the Statue of Liberty with kids

There are several options for buying Statue of Liberty tickets. Our guided tours include a timed-entry ferry ticket, which is all you need since admission to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty Museum is free.

Entrance to the pedestal and crown require separate tickets. Crown tix typically sell out months in advance, and even pedestal tickets can sell out on busier days.

To avoid sell-outs, we recommend buying your pedestal and crown tickets online a few months in advance. This ensures your group gets to see everything they want.
For more about visiting the pedestal, read our guide to the Statue of Liberty pedestal and crown experience.

Can kids climb the Statue of Liberty’s crown?

Climbing the 162 stairs from Lady Liberty’s pedestal to her crown may be a lot for little legs, but children under 4 feet aren’t allowed to attempt the climb. (People who can’t make the climb unassisted also aren’t permitted.)

Go on a weekday morning

Visit the Statue of Liberty with Kids

While Liberty Island stays busy pretty much all the time, you can avoid the biggest crowds by catching an early ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. Lines for the statue and other attractions tend to get longer later in the day.

If you’re able, visit between Tuesday through Thursday. Most tourists check out the island over the weekend or on holidays. 

Check out our tips on the best times to visit for more in-depth coverage of this topic by one of our guides.

Be prepared for the security screenings

You’ll go through a security screening to board the ferry to Liberty Island. Think airport security — you’ll need to empty your pockets and take off belts, watches, jackets, and hats. 

Big bags and luggage aren’t permitted. If you’ve got a large group, try to pack lightly and be prepared to help out little ones.

If you plan to go inside the pedestal or climb the crown, you’ll need to go through another security screening. Those visiting the crown are only allowed to bring a camera (no camera bag), medication, phone, and water in a clear plastic container.

Pedestal access is a little less restrictive. However, backpacks, food, strollers, tablets, and tripods aren’t allowed. If you’ve brought these items, you can stow them in a rented locker for up to two hours.

Can I bring a stroller to the Statue of Liberty?

Yes, you can! Strollers are allowed on the ferry and Liberty Island grounds. However, you can’t bring strollers inside the pedestal or up to the crown.

Pack a picnic for family at Liberty Island

Visit the Statue of Liberty with Kids

A day at Liberty Island requires fuel for young and adult explorers alike. While there are food options on the island, the prices aren’t cheap and lines can be long. 

Packing snacks and water ensures you’re prepared for hungry moments between attractions. Plus, if you bring a meal, the island has several spots for picnicking with views of Manhattan.

Take a guided tour to keep kids engaged

Tour Group in Old Museum

isiting the Statue of Liberty with an expert tour guide is the best way to get the most out of your visit. If you’re pressed for time or just want to focus on Liberty Island, book our kid-friendly Statue of Liberty Express Tour.

During the guided portion of the tour, a local New Yorker will share everything you could ever want to know about the Statue of Liberty. If you’ve got curious kiddos in your bunch, this is a great opportunity for them to ask questions and learn more about the statue’s history.

Dress for the weather

Although there are some indoor spots, you’ll spend most of your time at Liberty Island outdoors. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. For sunny days, be sure to pack sunscreen and hats for sun protection.

Travel tip: Bring an extra layer for the ferry. The ride can be a bit cooler than the island or shore, especially if you’re outside enjoying the views — where the kids will want to be.

Wear comfortable shoes

Visit the Statue of Liberty with Kids

Exploring Liberty Island involves a fair amount of stairs and walking, especially if you plan to climb the crown. And even if you plan ahead, you’ll be standing in line some. 

Make sure your little adventurers are wearing comfortable shoes. I recommend well-cushioned sneakers, but you know your kids best. And you can always take breaks to rest and recharge — Liberty Island has plenty of benches.

Don’t miss the Statue of Liberty Museum

Statue of Liberty Museum

First opened in 2019, the Statue of Liberty Museum is a great place for kids and adults to learn more about the history of Lady Liberty. Designed for all ages, the museum includes interactive displays and artifacts from the statue’s construction, including the original torch. Think of it as your own family field trip — it’s educational and fun.

Admission to the Statue of Liberty Museum is included with your ferry ticket. If you’re visiting in warmer months, this is a great place to beat the heat and enjoy air conditioning for a couple of hours midday.

Get sworn in as a Junior Park Ranger

While you’re at the museum, be sure to ask for Junior Ranger booklets for the kids. While designed for ages 7-12, even younger or older ones will be able to enjoy it. The book includes several activities and quizzes you can solve while exploring the island.

Once they’ve completed the booklet, kids can head to the Park Ranger Office to get badges and be sworn in as a Junior Park Ranger.

Ready to see the Statue of Liberty with kids?

Visit the Statue of Liberty with Kids

When it comes to traveling with kids, a lot of it depends on planning ahead — booking tour tickets, packing food, getting there early. You know the drill. But the great thing about visiting the Statue of Liberty is that it’s a memorable experience families can have together. That makes all the planning worthwhile.

While this guide focused on the Statue of Liberty, it’s fun and easy to do Liberty Island and Ellis Island on the same trip. For the best experience, get a guided tour of both islands, which takes about five hours. The tour will cover all the major sights and our local guides will share insider secrets and stories you won’t hear elsewhere.

We look forward to seeing you in NYC!