When I was in university every year the economics department put together a NYC trip for anyone who wanted to join in. I was in Theatre, but two years in a row myself and some friends went on the trip. I didn’t realize at the time just how good of a deal we were getting. I forget the exact prices, but there was an option for 2 people in a group or 4 people. The first year I went, there were two of us.
My friend Sarah and I went together the first year, and the second year her and I went again, but this time with two other friends. The second year was cheaper since there were four of us sharing a hotel room instead of two.
Both times we stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton Times Square for two nights, had breakfast at the hotel, and took a greyhound bus there and back, leaving Thursday night at midnight so we arrived early Friday morning, and leaving NYC Sunday evening.
The first day I was in New York I knew I had to go to see the Statue of Liberty for myself.
Since we were going with the university we received a discount on tickets and were able to skip the crazy long lines to get tickets and hop on the boat over to Liberty Island.
I’m going to be completely honest here. The first glimpse of Lady Liberty from the boat is so spectacular. She is huge and domineering. She is strong looking, and so very iconic.
Once on the island, however, she isn’t nearly as large as I had been expecting. I was pretty disappointed.
The weather was freezing, there was nothing to do other than walk around the statue over and over, and I spent a lot of time in the gift shop trying not to freeze to death.
Our ticket was only for the grounds since we had gotten the discount. I think I would have enjoyed the experience more if I had been able to go up to the crown and peer out from up there. That would have been cool!
So while I wasn’t really into this activity I do think every first time visitor to NYC HAS to check out the Statue of Liberty. I mean, it is such a historic and iconic monument it would be silly not to. I don’t see myself ever going back to Liberty Island though.
Have you ever been disappointed by such an iconic and historic activity?
Ever been to Liberty island?