The Statue of Liberty is an iconic New York institution, with people from all around the globe stopping by for a visit. In fact, a typical year brings 3.2 million visitors to see Lady Liberty in all her glory in the New York Harbor, on Liberty Island.
If you’re visiting NYC, we recommend you take the time to visit the Statue of Liberty. In fact, we’ve even written about it before in our blog: 8 NYC Attractions Not To Miss.
Before you plan your outing to the Statue of Liberty, read up on some fun facts below.
We promise this won’t be a boring history lesson! There are many fun facts you can learn about the Statue of Liberty here. For instance, did you know that the statue is struck by lightning 600 times a year?
The Statue of Liberty has been an iconic New York institution since 1886. You are likely familiar with how it was gifted to the United States from France. Known as the ‘Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World’, it represents a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Lady Liberty was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and stands at 305 feet and weighs 450,000 pounds. Over the years, the copper has turned into a green patina. Fun fact from NYC Tourist: in some areas, the green patina is as thick as the copper itself!
Lady Liberty Has A Little Sister
Surprise, she has a new sister! For 134 years, the Statue of Liberty has been an iconic New York institution by herself in the New York Harbor. But now she has some company, at least for a little bit.
[Source: CBS News]
Lady Liberty’s “little sister” stands at 9 feet tall and was on display at Ellis Island on the 4th of July. Then, it began its journey to Washington, D.C. to be on display at the French Ambassador’s residence for Bastille Day on July 14th. You can track her journey here if you’d like.
If you’d like to plan an excursion to D.C., you can get more information on the best way to travel from TripSavvy here.
Plan Your Visit
Have we convinced you to visit the Statue of Liberty yet? If so, then you’ll want some tips on the best ways to see her. New York Sightseeing has a great post regarding the best ways to see the statue via land, sea, and air.
You can also visit the National Park Service’s site here for detailed information on what you can expect while on Liberty Island. Be sure to visit the ‘Plan Your Visit’ tab at the top of the page. There you’ll find a calendar of events, directions and transportation, as well as nearby attractions.
As a guest at The Webster Apartments, you will want to take advantage of how many iconic New York spots there are to visit. We hope you’ve had a chance to see as much of the city as you can while staying with us!