The ferry also stops at Ellis Island, once the port of entry for many who immigrated to the US.
And we got a grand view of Ms Liberty as we approached the island.
Here's a shot of Marianne and the boys with the Manhattan skyline.
We had passes to visit the museum gallery and observation level of the pedestal. After September 11, 2001, the island was closed for 100 days. Access to the museum and pedestal (but not the statue itself) was reopen in August 2004. The original torch was removed in 1984 due to corrosion and is now on display in the museum.
Access to the crown observation area may be reopened, but it is a 22-story climb. Here is a view of the pedestal and statue. The observation deck is a narrow walkway just above the windows. It is 90 feet above ground.
And here is the view looking down.
On our way back to the hotel we made another pass through the city. So the boys got to see a number of landmarks from ground level: Empire State building, United Nations, Times Square, Central Park, Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the George Washington Bridge. Sunday we celebrated Winston's birthday and drove back home. For more views from the pedestal see my (link Bridges of NY) post yesterday.