Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom. It’s torch lights the way to freedom showing us the path to Liberty. It is situated on the Liberty Island, New York, USA.
The statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Initially, it was used as a lighthouse from 1886 to 1902 but later it became a tourist destination. This statue is made from copper sheets over a steel framework. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. This statue was a gift to the USA from the French citizens. The statue is recognized as the universal symbol of freedom as well as democracy.
More than 3.2 million visitors, visited this place in 2009. With the exponential rate of increase in the number of visitors, Statue of Liberty has grown as a tourism place. It is governed by U.S. National Park Service.
One who visit the Liberty Island, he/she will be provided with a self-guided audio tour. The audio is available in 9 different languages and runs for about 30-40 minutes. It explains about the place to the visitors so that visitors can know more about it and its back history.
Also, you can visit the museum which is in the lobby of pedestal. People come here to enjoy a boat ride on the New York Harbor.
There is Pedestal below the statue, which is roughly around half the height of Statue of Liberty. Visitors can view Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey as well as the New York Harbor. But, there is limited access to the Pedestal and advance reservation is required.
Crown access requires the advance reservation with additional fee. You can get on Pedestal with no extra charge but to visit crown you need to pay an extra fee.