As I mentioned before, the summer Vincent turned 5, he wanted to see the Statue of Liberty for his birthday. He talked about it and talked about it, he even wore a Lady Liberty foam crown every where he went that summer (Emily I stopped him from wearing it to your wedding. You’re welcome). This has been on his bucket list ever since.
When we started planning for this trip Vincent, obviously, mentioned his desire. We, obviously, said yes.
Our plans for our first day in the city included taking the Ellis Island Ferry to Ellis Island, spending some time there for a bit, then onto The Statue of Liberty.
We read a book the days leading up to our trip to Ellis Island, and discussed the process the emigrants went through as they entered our country. It was a fabulous discussion and even Brian and I found it interesting.
We started the foggy morning on a ferry boat headed towards Ellis Island.
Once we reached Ellis Island the kids started the Jr Ranger program. They were able to learn more about the steps the imigrants went through to register and start their new life here in the states.
After receiving their badges we loaded on another ferry, this one took us over to the Statue of Liberty.
The kids watched in awe as we approached the statue.
It was a foggy morning, but we could still see Lady Liberty. We took the pedestal tour and we were able to go up inside the statue.
This was the original flame she used to carry.
I loved the decor in the original stair case.
We made it up to the top of the pedestal level and went out onto the balcony area. The walkways were narrow and quite a few people were out viewing the area. We did take the time to peek out over the walls, however. Through the fog we could see the bay and the people walking around below. We also took time to look up. One thing we were constantly told during our time in New York City, was to look up. It was fun looking at Lady Liberty from a different view.
After we made our way down from the tour, Vincent asked if he could take a selfie with the Statue of Liberty. I, of course, said yes.
This part of our trip was over 5 years in the making. It was definitely worth the wait. I hope it is a memory that will last a lifetime. I hope he continues to be fascinated with the history behind this statue and our nation.