Visiting the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island is a wonderful experience and to get the most out of it, realize that visiting can take most of a day.
Guide/Assistance Animals at Liberty and Ellis Island "While regular pets are not allowed on either Ellis or Liberty Islands, including the ferry boats, guide and assistance animals are welcome."
Ferry Transportation "Statue Cruises personnel provide assistance on the ferry gangways. Ferries have enclosed cabins on the main deck and outdoor spaces near the rear or above the main deck. Any deck above the main requires the use of stairs. Priority seating is available near the entrance of the enclosed main deck cabin. Restrooms aboard ferries are not handicapped accessible."
Wheelchair Accessibility Services "The information center, gift pavilion, bookstore, dining facilities and exterior grounds are wheelchair accessible. For those with reservations to enter the monument, wheelchair access is provided by several elevators to the museum, the exterior of Fort Wood, and to the top of the pedestal. The outdoor observation deck balcony is not wheelchair accessible, but visitors still have access to the New York City skyline view. A limited number of wheelchairs are available at both Liberty and Ellis Islands (on a first-come, first-served basis). They can be borrowed, free of charge, with the deposit of a driver's license or another form of identification at the information desk."
Audio Accessibility Services "All video presentations with audio are open captioned for your convenience. "All video programs with sound and ambient audio exhibit programs are induction looped and compatible with t-coil enabled hearing aides and cochlear implants. "American Sign Language interpretation tours may be arranged prior to your visit. If you wish to arrange for an ASL tour, notification in writing is required at least three (3) weeks prior to your visit. Please contact us by sending an e-mail or a letter."
Visual Accessibility Services "Audio descriptive tours created specifically for the blind and visually-impaired are available free of charge from the Antenna Audio pavilion located near the Liberty Island Information Center. "Our park brochure audio described text for the Statue of Liberty National Monument is available as a word document. "For those with reservations to enter the monument, several tactile models of the Statue and Liberty Island are located in the Statue lobby and exhibit areas."
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