Sunday, October 23, 2011
Statue of Liberty
We spent Saturday at the Statue of Liberty. It was sunny and warm, a perfect day to be out in NYC.
We took the subway to Battery Park. As we approached the ferry dock, we saw a long line of people waiting. We were lucky that our reserved tickets allowed us to bypass the outside line and enter the security tent. Before you can board the ferry, you need to take off your coat, belt, watch, and handbags. All items are x-rayed and then you pass thru a metal detector.
If you want to enter the pedestal or go up to the crown, you need to pass thru another round of security screenings. This second screening took even longer than the first. Before you enter the pedestal, you pass thru a museum which explains the history of the Statue.
After climbing 143 stairs, we had reached the top of the pedestal. All I kept thinking was that I need to go back to the gym. It was amazing to see how many international tourists were visiting. If you are thinking of visiting, be prepared to spend a lot of time waiting for security checks and the ferry.