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The Statue of Liberty

Perhaps no other New York attraction is as iconic—or as avoided by tourist-averse New Yorkers—as Lady Liberty. The landmark was closed in the fall in order to repair damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, but happily, it will reopen to the public on July 4. (Hor apropos.) Our tip: Dodge the foam-crown-sporting masses and skip the line for the ferry by prebooking a combo cruise-and-tour ticket (visit statuecruises.com for more information). A climb to the crown affords a panoramic view of New York Harbor and the chance to see the literal nuts and bolts of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s creation. We also recommend stopping in the museum on Liberty Island, if only to marvel at the initial ambivalence of 19th-century New Yorkers when they were asked to fund the construction of the pedestal. Ferries depart from Castle Clinton

The colossal Statue of Liberty (nps.gov/stli) sits atop tiny Liberty Island near the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor, her regal bronze bearing welcoming travelers to American shores. The statue was dedicated in 1886 and has been entertaining a steady stream of visitors ever since. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Liberty Island is maintained by the National Park Service and may be reached by ferry.

When you take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, be sure to include Ellis Island. The portal through which millions of immigrants entered the United States, is a must-see for anyone interested in the personal stories of those who came to America in search of a new beginning.

What to Do

Walk in the footsteps of the nation’s newest citizens as they traveled through the baggage, registry and hearing rooms — in some cases, leaving with new, "American" names. Scan the Wall of Honor and see if you can find the name of an ancestor among the 700,000 inscribed names.

What to See

For those whose ancestors made the journey, the American Family History Center offers computerized genealogical records. Stop and watch the interactive American Flag of Faces™, a "living" digital exhibit featuring images submitted by individuals and families.

NEW YORK CITY’s Top Attractions

One of the greatest cities in the world, New York is always a whirlwind of activity, with famous sites at every turn and never enough time to see them all. The vacation possibilities in this city are endless. Some people come here to enjoy the Broadway Shows, others come specifically to shop, and many come simply to see the sights; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the historic neighborhoods, and the multiple world famous museums. Any time of year and any time of day there is an endless array of things to see and do in New York.

Statue of Liberty & Battery Park

A stirring symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon in New York Harbor since 1886. A gift from the people of France, the Statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

What to Do

Once on Liberty Island, free National Park Service tours fill in the details about the copper-sheeted masterpiece. For an extra fee, upgrade to a Crown Ticket and go into the statue itself.

What to See

With her torch ablaze more than 300 feet (91.5 meters) above the ground, "Liberty Enlightening the World" (the statue’s official name) is only accessible via commercial ferries, which offer amazing vantage points for the perfect vacation snapshot.

The Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America. It was built in 1886 and remains a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons. It is the world's largest statue and stands just less than 152 feet tall from the base to the torch, and weighs approximately 450,000 pounds. The statue offers a fine view of the New York Harbor and lower Manhattan. It is located on Liberty Island and a short boat ride is required to get to the statue. To see the statue from shore, Battery Park sits on the southern tip of Manhattan and affords great views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. From here visitors can catch the ferry to the statue and Ellis Island.

Pre-purchasing tickets is a must during the high season and a good idea at any time of year. Tickets to go inside the statue sell out. Also, trying to buy tickets at the ferry can be fine if you know what you're doing but tricky if you don't, with hawkers claiming to be "official representatives" trying to sell you more expensive tickets before you can find the ticket booth. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour can be purchased in advance. This is a three hour trip that takes you to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

New York Harbor, part of the Port of New York and New Jersey,[1][2][3] is at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean at the East Coast of the United States. It is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.[4] Although the United States Board on Geographic Names does not use the term, New York Harbor has important historical, governmental, commercial, and ecological usages.

Hudson River

The Hudson River is a 315-mile (507 km) river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York in the United States. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, flows through the Hudson Valley, and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean, between New York City and Jersey City. The river serves as a political boundary between the states of New Jersey and New York, and further north between New York counties. The lower half of the river is a tidal estuary occupying the Hudson Fjord, which formed during the most recent period of North American glaciation, estimated at 26,000 to 13,300 years ago.[2] Tidal waters influence the Hudson's flow from as far north as Troy.

The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609, and after whom Canada's Hudson Bay is also named. It had previously been observed by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano sailing for King Francis I of France in 1524, as he became the first European known to have entered the Upper New York Bay, but he considered the river to be an estuary. The Dutch called the river the North River – with the Delaware River called the South River – and it formed the spine of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Settlements of the colony clustered around the Hudson, and its strategic importance as the gateway to the American interior led to years of competition between the English and the Dutch over control of the river and colony.

During the eighteenth century, the river valley and its inhabitants were the subject and inspiration of Washington Irving, the first internationally acclaimed American author. In the nineteenth century, the area inspired the Hudson River School of landscape painting, an American pastoral style, as well as the concepts of environmentalism and wilderness. The Hudson was also the eastern outlet for the Erie Canal, which, when completed in 1825, became an important transportation artery for the early-19th-century United States.

NY Harbor

New York Harbor, part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean at the East Coast of the United States. It is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.[4] Although the United States Board on Geographic Names does not use the term, New York Harbor has important historical, governmental, commercial, and ecological usages.

The harbor is still serviced by several cruise lines, commuter ferries, and tourist excursion boats. Although most ferry service is private, the Staten Island Ferry is operated by the New York City Department of Transportation. Passenger ship facilities are New York Passenger Ship Terminal, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at Red Hook, and MOTBY at Bayonne.

NEW YORK HARBOR CRUISES & TOURS

If you would like to get onto the water and experience New York Harbor views of Manhattan, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & more… Here’s a few touring deals to check out,

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

http://www.citypass.com/new-york/circle-line-cruises

Highlights

See famous NYC landmarks from a unique vantage point on the water.

Get within 100 feet of Lady Liberty for up-close views and photo opportunities you can’t get anywhere else

Enjoy the narrative from professional tour guides who love sharing their insights on NYC with visitors.

Citypass Entry

Present your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the VIP window for access to one regularly scheduled Landmark Cruise, Harbor Lights Cruise, Liberty Cruise or Landmark + Brooklyn Cruise, all of which offer magnificent views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Or, experience The BEAST, a thrilling 30-minute ride on a 70-foot racing powerboat (available May-September).

New York Pass

https://www.circleline42.com/deals-combos/the-new-york-pass/

The New York Pass allows full admission to over 80+ top NYC attractions for one low price. Choose the duration that best fits your visit, then put your wallet away and enjoy effortless entry to as many attractions as you wish to visit. Passes are available for 1,2,3,5,7, or 10 days.

Every Pass comes with our 220 page full color guidebook available in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, French and Dutch. See More. Spend Less.

NYC Sailboat Cruises:

Classic Harbor Line

https://www.sail-nyc.com

Take to the water and fall in love with NYC from the decks of classic vessels. Sailing on a schooner or cruising on a motor yacht you will take in all the sights that NY Harbor has to offer.

Classic Harbor Line has partnered with AIA to host the official AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour. Fully circumnavigate the island of Manhattan and learn about New York City’s Architecture from the water.

Yachts are classically designed for contemporary experiences. The fleet is historically inspired with teak decks and mahogany trim to create a elegant atmosphere.

Classic Harbor Line: New York City’s Classic Style Charter Boat and Tour Boat Fleet

Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring, and breathtaking cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our five classic yachts — the Schooner Adirondack and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan, Yacht Manhattan II and the Yacht Kingston (our motorized yachts) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised the NYC waters in the past two centuries.Whether buying tickets for one of our New York Harbor sightseeing boat tours to cruise out to see the Statue of Liberty, or privately chartering one of our large sailboats or motor yachts for an office outing, you are sure to find yourself on a beautiful boat, surrounded by warm and friendly service, plying through the majestic New York City waterways.We offer a wide range of ticketed sightseeing boat tours in New York City. Whether you are a fan of the cruising on an elegant motor yacht to see the entire New York City skyline with comfort and speed, or if you are inclined to take a more adventurous escape on our swift, double-masted sailboats, you are sure to find a cruise that will suit you with service that treats you like royalty.

The Schooner Adirondack

https://www.sail-nyc.com/browse-by-boat/schooner-adirondack/

Set sail aboard the first yacht of the Classic Harbor Line Fleet: Schooner Adirondack! Join us for a NYC sightseeing boat tour on this 80-foot sailboat beauty. Whether you join us for a classic day sail or a romantic NYC sunset sail you are sure to enjoy your time out with us on the water. Adirondack has been setting sail, making waves, bonding friends, families, and lovers in New York Harbor and the Hudson River since 1998! She has thousands of repeat guests every summer and is out for a sail up to 4 times a day! Drinks are always complimentary on our ticketed events and the captain and crew are always friendly and fun. (Just read her awesome reviews!) Take a look at her many ticketed sails offered below.

Other on The Water NYC Sightseeing Tours & Fun, and NYC Tour Deals

• The 10 Best New York City Boat Tours & Water Sports

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60763-Activities-c55-New_York_City_New_York.html

• New York Sightseeing Cruises

https://www.newyorksightseeing.com/nyc-tours/cruises-in-new-york.html

*Note: We are not affiliated with these groups, just helping out with a few on the water New Your tour ideas and deals.

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