The Statue of Liberty is an iconic landmark of New York and the United States. It was a gift from France to the United States in 1886 to commemorate the centennial of American independence. The statue is located on Liberty Island, which is accessible by ferry from Manhattan, and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in New York City.
Designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the statue stands 305 feet tall (including its pedestal) and is made of copper plates held together by an iron frame. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, holding a torch in one hand and a tablet inscribed with the date of American independence in the other.
Visitors can climb to the top of the pedestal, which offers a stunning view of the New York Harbor and the city skyline. The statue is also accessible via the Crown Access Pass, which allows visitors to climb to the top of the statue’s crown.
In addition to the statue itself, Liberty Island features a museum dedicated to the history and construction of the statue, as well as its significance to American and global culture. The museum includes exhibits such as a replica of the statue’s torch and original historical artifacts.
The statue has become an enduring symbol of American freedom, democracy, and opportunity, and has been featured in countless works of art, literature, and popular culture. It has also been the site of numerous important events and ceremonies, including the annual Fourth of July celebrations.
In recent years, the statue has also become a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of tragedy. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the statue served as a beacon of light and strength for the nation, and was often featured in photographs and videos as a reminder of America’s endurance and perseverance.
The Statue of Liberty is not only an important cultural landmark for New York and the United States, but also a symbol of freedom and democracy for people around the world. It stands as a testament to the values of individual liberty, opportunity, and democracy that have made America a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations.
Who is the director of the National Park Service?
Charles F. "Chuck" Sams III is the Director of the National Park Service. Learn more about past directors of the National Park Service.
What government agency oversees the National Park Service?
The National Park Service is a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Directly overseeing its operation is the department's Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
How many employees are in the National Park Service?
Permanent, temporary, and seasonal employees: Approximately 20,000 Volunteers: More than 279,000 in 2019
How old is the National Park System?
The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Yellowstone National Park was established by an act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation's first national park. View the National Park System timeline.
What is the origin of the National Park Service arrowhead?
The arrowhead was authorized as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of the Interior on July 20, 1951. The components of the arrowhead may have been inspired by key attributes of the National Park System, with the sequoia tree and bison representing vegetation and wildlife, the mountains and water representing scenic and recreational values, and the arrowhead itself representing historical and archeological values. Read more about the history of the arrowhead and other elements of NPS visual design.
How many areas are in the National Park System?
The system includes 423 areas covering more than 85 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. Learn more about national park designations. See the complete list of National Park Service units and related areas by type and number.
What is the largest national park site? Smallest?
Largest: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK, at 13.2 million acres Smallest: Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, PA, at 0.02 acres
How many people visit the national parks?
Total recreation visitors to the national parks in 2021: 297,115,406.
What is the most-visited national park?
View a list of the most-visited sites in the National Park Service.
What is the National Park Service budget?
Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Enacted: $2.98 billion FY 2015 Enacted: $2.615 billion FY 2016 Enacted:$2.851 billion FY 2017 Enacted: $2.932 billion
How do I obtain a park entrance pass?
Fewer than one-third of the national parks charge entrance fees. You can obtain park entrance passes by visiting a park site that charges an entrance fee. Entrance fee sites have passes available; we recommend calling a park prior to your visit. (See the park search to locate a specific park.) There are a number of entrance passes available, including park-specific passes as well as passes that offer entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in addition to the national parks (Annual, Military, Senior, 4th Grade, Access, and Volunteer passes). Learn more about the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Where can I find a park map?
You can view maps on specific park websites or find national park, National Park System, National Trails System, and other maps.
How do I make reservations for camping/lodging in national parks?
For campground reservations, visit Recreation.gov. Not all parks participate in this service; many campgrounds are first come, first served. For more information on specific camping and lodging services offered at the park(s) of your interest, please check specific park websites. You can also learn more about camping in national parks and find a map of parks with camping opportunities.
How do I reserve a tour in a park?
You can book some park tours through Recreation.gov such as Pearl Harbor National Memorial, many Mammoth Cave National Park cave tours, Independence National Historical Park tours, and more. Not all parks participate in this reservation service. For more information on tours offered at a specific park, please see the park search.
Can I bring my pet to a national park?
Some national parks welcome pets—in developed areas, on many trails and campgrounds, and in some lodging facilities. Learn more about pets in parks.
Can I bring my service dog to a national park?
Yes, service dogs are legally permitted anywhere in a park that visitors can go. Learn more about service animals in national parks, including the difference between service animals and emotional support animals.
What do I need to know about driving off road in national parks?
Before you head out, check with the national parks that you intend to visit. In many national parks, off-road driving is illegal. Where off-road driving is allowed, the National Park Service regulates it.
How do I apply for a job with the National Park Service?
National Park Service jobs, including both permanent and seasonal positions, are listed on USAJOBs. Learn more about working for us, including opportunities for students and volunteers and tips for applying for jobs.
What are concessions?
Concessioners provide park visitors with lodging, transportation, food services, shops, guiding, and other services. More than 480 NPS concession contracts in more than 100 different park units vary in size from small, family-owned businesses to national/international corporations. Learn more about commercial services in the National Park Service.
How do I find out about contracting opportunities?
Opportunities to contract with the National Park Service are posted to FedBizOpps.gov, the federal government’s electronic business portal.
Where do I find out about grant and cooperative agreement programs and opportunities?
To find out how to register, search for opportunities, and apply for financial assistance visit Grants.gov. For specific information on NPS grants programs and financial assistance opportunities for historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, education, and community engagement projects, visit these pages: American Battlefield Protection Program Challenge Cost Share Connect Trails to Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund Historic Preservation Fund Maritime Heritage Program National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program