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Kidsday tours the Statue of Liberty

Kidsday reporters Marco Coluccio and Ilana Sherman, both

Kidsday reporters Marco Coluccio and Ilana Sherman, both from Great Neck, with the Statue of Liberty behind them Photo Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We went on the Statue of Liberty Night Tour on the Statue Cruises boat recently. The boat takes you from Battery Park in lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park. It was so much fun and so educational too.

You should go to Lady Liberty because it is fun, cool and interesting. It is fun because you get to see Lady Liberty in person. It is cool because you get to go on a boat. There are three levels on the boat. The top level is the coolest because you get to see the New York City skyline.

We met with David Luchsinger and his wife Debbie. David is the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. They live on Liberty Island year round.

David told us about the history of the Statue of Liberty and some interesting facts about it, too. Did you know the copper turns green? Her “skin” is as thick as two pennies. She was built in France and then taken apart and re-built in 1886 on Liberty Island.

There have been lots of movies filmed there such as “Ghostbusters” and “X-Men.” When we were there they were setting up the stage so Beyonce could perform for the July 4 celebration.

This year, Lady Liberty will be celebrating her 125th Birthday! Did you know that Lady Liberty stands upon broken chains which represents freedom from slavery? David said not many people know about this fact.

On the ferry ride back to the dock, the sun was setting. As it got darker, New York City was all lit up. What a view! It makes you feel proud to be a New Yorker!

We think you should visit here. The night cruises are fantastic and so comfortable. There is also a restaurant and a great gift shop to visit.

About the Statue of Liberty Night Tours:
They run every Thursday in July and August. The boat departs at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit the website: statuecruises.com

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