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Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

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Visits to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are musts in the Big Apple. On this guided tour, you get priority boarding on the ferry from Manhattan to visit the two important historical sites. Visit the grounds of Liberty Island and go inside the Statue of Liberty Museum. Then hop the ferry to Ellis Island and learn about the millions of people who arrived here between 1892 and 1954 in hope of living the American dream.

For the comprehensive 4 hour option, you will have Pedestal Monument access not offered with most other tours. Go inside the pedestal for a unique perspective from the observation deck and from inside the Statue.

For the Express 2.5 hour without Pedestal access, we will have an optimized itinerary to see both Islands fast. You may stay as long as you wish after the tour.
You'll start at
Castle Clinton National Monument
Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, USAPlease meet our tour concierge inside Castle Clinton in front of the Park Store. They will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and will be holding and orange flag or paddle.
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    Statue of Liberty
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Ellis Island
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Ellis Island
Ellis Island, United StatesTour will end on Ellis Island. Guests can spend more time there if they wish or they can head back on the first ferry returning to Battery Park.
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  • Beat the biggest crowds by picking an early departure time 
  • Gain early boarding access for your ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands
  • Take in views from the Statue of Liberty’s observation deck
  • Explore Ellis Island Immigration Museum with your expert guide
  • Wander Ellis Island on your own, and catch the ferry when you’re ready
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group in front of Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park at least 15 minutes before the start of your Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour. From there, your guide escorts you to the ferry, where you can skip the lines with early reserve-line boarding. The ferry drops you off on Liberty Island where your guide takes you to pedestal of the Statue of Liberty (8:30 and 9:30 am tours only) and the observation decks. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. Your guide helps you transition from place to place, so you never waste time asking for directions or getting lost. After you’re done at the statue, head back to the ferry for your ride to Ellis Island. Explore the island with your guide in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Then decide if you’d like to stay and wander the island more on your own. Your tour ends with a ferry ride back to Battery Park.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, USA
Return Details
Ellis Island, United States
  • Priority line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
  • Access to the Pedestal Monument at Liberty Island if Upgrade Option selected
  • Access to the new Liberty Island Museum
  • Access to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Gratuities
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
  • Crown Access at the Statue of Liberty
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. The tour departs promptly and if late, you will NOT be able to catch up and will miss the tour. There are no refunds for missing the tour.
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately either 2.5 or 4-hours, however it is recommended to allow at least 1 additional hour to fully experience Ellis Island. Return to Battery Park is at the participants own leisure
  • Food available for purchase on the ferry, at the Statue of Liberty, and on Ellis Island
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Security screening will take place prior to entering the ferry. Visitors to the park are required to undergo airport-style security screening.
  • Backpacks, strollers and other large items must be checked into lockers on Liberty Island. These lockers are available for $2.00 per locker. This fee is not included
  • Some parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible (top of the pedestal is not large enough for a wheelchair)
  • Photographs are permitted, tripods and monopods are prohibited
  • Children 3 and under free with paid adult ticket
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Our guide Kevin Lawrence was fantastic and thoroughly deserves his 5 star rating. He was exceptionally engaging with the group and provided excellent information about the history of the sites we visited today. His memory for where members of the group were from was fantastic
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A must do, however there is no need to pay the extra for this ticket as the experience and price is exactly the same as those who just purchased a ticket on the day.
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A superb monument and an excellent tour guide, cody was great, entertaining, very knowledgeable and a nice guy. Highly recommend this tour to everyone!!!
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Mike was fantastic - made us feel like VIPs...skipping lines, seeing all the highlights and learning lots of interesting facts. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions, including ones about NYC in general. And, he was fun - kept us all engaged and smiling
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Jimmy was amazing! He's the "Chicken Man". So fun and he knows so many interesting facts about NYC in general.
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lady liberty at her best
Our guide Kevin Lawrence was fantastic and thoroughly deserves his 5 star rating. He was exceptionally engaging
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Eric Williams
Eric was a solid 10! Informative , fun , warm , just the best ‘! His background in acting helped to give all
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It was a pleasure to do the Soho, little Italy and Chinatown tour. We went to all important points and got good
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New York City, New York
A must do...
A must do, however there is no need to pay the extra for this ticket as the experience and price is exactly the
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Stephanie H
A tour I will remember!
Visiting NYC for the first time, we were bound to book some tours, and I'm glad we booked this one out to the
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Mr Benoit is so friendly. The trip was so informative and fun. Had a great time. I highly recommend it.
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New Jersey
Pour yourself a Moscow Mule and Drink in the Culture of the Village
Immerse yourself in the ever-present culture as you stroll down bohemian streets and imagine a life where poets,
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John Capes was our tour guide to the statue of liberty and Ellis Island during the holidays! He was very
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Great walking tour with Christian
I did enjoy the walking tour, I believe the experience is much better if someone that knows explains hat you see.
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TJ did an amazing job as our Broadway behind the scenes tour guide. He was both funny and informative!!! I would
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Simply brilliant
A superb monument and an excellent tour guide, cody was great, entertaining, very knowledgeable and a nice guy.
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Great Tour
Mike was fantastic - made us feel like VIPs...skipping lines, seeing all the highlights and learning lots of
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