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Statute of Liberty

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Statute of Liberty

Hi, I'm traveling to New York next week, one final part of our agenda is Statue of Liberty.

My friend has MS so long walks without rest and lots of stairs aren't great. I've tried to find out, if we take the official boat to the statue and get off, do you need to immediately climb 100 stairs?

Should we just stay on the boat take pics and head onto ellis island?

I was also concerned about long queues getting onto the ferry and lack of seating on the ferry itself?

What could be the alternative ways to see the statue up close?

Thanks so much in advance.

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No there are no stairs to climb if you wish to just go and visit the island and see the statue close up , it is still very nice to wander around the small island . there is a good amount of seating on the boat and as your friend has a disability I would let the ferry people know as there may be separate reserved seating inside they could offer , might be best to call and confirm what is available to them in the way of assistance.

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A more interesting place is Ellis Island, which has elevators and escalators. Liberty Island is beautiful but there's not a lot to do there. I would book both. You don't have to go inside the Statue unless you want to, and those are separate tickets. This site will help you find out what you need to know.


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Be aware there are a few wheelchairs available for loan at the information center on both islands.

If you get pedestal tickets, there is elevator access, but you will have to ask a park ranger.

This recent thread might be of interest, the OP had a less than ideal experience but hopefully her complaint to the NPS has helped. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k6937651…

If you are not interested in exploring either island, there are boat tours that go up close or for a more distant view the Staten Island Ferry is free.

And during times your friend needs a bit of a rest, be aware of the extensive city bus system. It is also included in the Metrocard, and while slower, can let you see a bit of the city while resting between sights.

Manhattan bus map here: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/manbus.pdf

On the subway map, stations with a wheelchair symbol have elevators.

Subway and other bus maps here: http://www.mta.info/maps/

Some of the larger museums also have loaner wheelchairs. (No shame in borrowing one if it lets you see more!.)



Edited: 05 December 2013, 03:03
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Michel - the boat goes to both places you can chose to get on and off at either place but the upper floors at Ellis are not open at the moment.

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My husband also has MS. The biggest issue for him was security lines. It was efficient and the lines moved well and included a few places to sit along the way. So it wasn't too bad. (We didn't get off at sol cuz of time constraints )

The real problem was at the Empire State Building. I don't know if you plan to go there but there is not a single place to sit during the elevator line, at the observation deck or even on the way out. Top of the Rock was much more friendly ... Short lines and benches in the observation area.

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This thread was very helpful - Thank you

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