Travel Diary | NYC Day 4 | Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

5th May 2015

Statue of Liberty New York

This is the last of my NYC Travel Diary posts as day 5 was spent entirely travelling home (including the worst customer service I have ever received on a flight from British Airways) which was pretty uninteresting.

For our last full day in New York we visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In order to get to Battery Park to pick up the ferry we had to take the Subway which was an experience. I usually pick up systems like that pretty easily, but believe me when I saw the NYC Subway is not as easy as the London Underground. We managed to get along okay but I was quite nervous as half the time I didn’t know if we were on the right train or not. Especially when it started moving it the opposite direction to what we were expecting.

As with the Empire State Building, if you want to avoid the queues for the ferry to Liberty Island/Ellis Island, get there nice and early. Again, we used our New York Explorer Pass for tickets.

Statue of Liberty New York

It was a pretty gloomy day. Clearly we had the best weather at the beginning of the week. We were absolutely freezing on the ferry travelling out to Liberty Island.

Manhattan skyline sign at Liberty Island

You can get a pretty good view of the Manhattan skyline from Liberty Island, but I’d argue that it’s not as great as the one from the Staten Island ferry (which is free!).

Statue of Liberty New York

There is a free audio-tour included with your tickets to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, and I highly recommend it if you would like to find out all about how the statue was build. She’s made of copper, and so was originally copper-colours, she’s constructed from copper sheets that are about the thickness of a couple of pennies and her fingernail is the length of a forearm.

Wow, I should be a tour guide.

Statue of Liberty New York

*And here I am to provide a scale.

Oh and another one of Holly’s Top Travel Tips (I should start a series…) – the gift shops at the attractions, such as on Liberty Island and the top of the Empire State Building are surprisingly cheaper than the tat shops you find in Times Square and all around the city (the ones where you can get your I Love New York tshirts).

But don’t forget that the prices shown don’t include tax so you will be paying more at the till. This is something that I didn’t really get my head around.

Ellis Island New York

We hopped back on the ferry after our brief visit to the Statue of Liberty and headed onwards to Ellis Island; famous for being the first stop for immigrants back in the day.

Again, there is a free audio-tour which I would recommend as it makes you feel like you are an immigrant, passing through to start a new life in New York.

Ellis Island New York

You could quite easily spend an entire day here.

Ellis Island New York

After spending a few hours looking around we took the ferry back to Battery Park and then the Subway back up to Times Square. We went for a meal at Heartland Brewery. Their alcoholic drinks were amazing! I had a cider with a shot of raspberry liqueur. I never once got asked for ID during my trip to America, even though I’m only just 21. I occasionally got asked my age and they believed me when I said 21.

For my meal I had mac and cheese with chicken and bacon, because I just had to have mac and cheese in America! Afterwards I had a cookie dough pie with ice cream which was delicious, but I think I should have gone for the New York cheesecake like my mum did, because if you can’t have New York cheesecake in NYC then I don’t know when you can.

Overall, I had the most incredible time in New York and I’m sad that this series of posts is over because it’s been great fun to reflect and remember. I’m already dying to return to explore more of America and return to New York to do some more exploring of the not-so-touristy areas.

Thanks for having me NYC. Until next time!

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  1. Great photos! I really like the shots you took of Miss Liberty ๐Ÿ˜€

    And yeah, sales taxes a bit of a pain. Gotta love them ~_~;;;

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your NYC adventures. Thanks for sharing them, Holly!

  2. Again, Beautiful photos….
    You really should start a series on the travel tips ๐Ÿ˜€

    New York must have been one of your best trips!

    • Holly

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely a series I’m thinking about starting. Maybe a post for each country/city I’ve been to?

      New York was definitely one of my most exciting trips and at an age when I could really appreciate the experience.

  3. It’s so strange the prices don’t include tax. Love the photos, it was a great series and you did many things in a few days.

    • Holly

      The tax thing is strange and frustrating. I kept thinking I was getting a good deal until I got to the till!

  4. Chynna

    I think the London Underground is the least complicated of all underground services. I’ve been on the Barcelona subway and that was an experience in itself. I’m pretty excited to experience the NYC Subway! I have Citymapper, as well, which should help.

    Definitely need to get a New York Explorer Pass ๐Ÿ™‚ Ugh, how annoying they don’t add tax automatically. That’s so weird. Cider with a shot of raspberry liqueur ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That sounds heavenly. I am definitely going to get ID’d when I go over there, despite being 22 I look about 16, lol.

    I’m glad you had an amazing time in New York and I love all the pictures you took ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Holly

      The New York Subway is certainly an experience. Nobody talks and nobody makes eye contact! But then I am use to the Mersey Rail where everyone talks to each other like they’re family!

  5. Cat

    I remember reading a long time ago about how the Statue of Liberty used to be a different color since itโ€™s made of copper, but I love the greenish color that it is now ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice photos of it! I think thatโ€™s cool that they have a free audio tour for these places.

    Yum, mac and cheese is a guilty pleasure. Thereโ€™s actually a restaurant in NYC that only serves mac and cheese and has different kinds! (Itโ€™s called Sโ€™Mac.) Iโ€™m glad you had such a nice time in New York! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Holly

      Oh man, that place sounds amazing. I’m adding it to my second New York bucket list (which is building up pretty quickly!).

  6. So jelly right now.
    That was great scale you provided by the way. ๐Ÿ˜›
    You don’t have sales tax? That’s nice. I need to move to a different country or to the state of Oregon, those are my choice right now. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I am glad you had a great time in New York. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly

      We do have taxes but they are already included in the price. So whatโ€™s on the price tag is what you pay at the till. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rachel

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to visit NYC (the nearest I have gotten is JFK Airport sadly). Really enjoyed your photos and experience of the place!