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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Award-Winning, Small-Group Tour

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Visits to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are musts in the Big Apple, especially for first-timers. On this 4-hour guided tour, you get priority boarding on the ferry from Manhattan to visit the two important historical sites. Tour Lady Liberty's turf before heading inside the pedestal for another perspective from observation decks. 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.
Highlights
  • 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
Duration
4h
Return Details
Ellis Island, United States
Inclusions
  • Early Reserve line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
  • Access to the Pedestal at Liberty Island - only if 8:30am or 9:30am tour booked
  • Access to the new Liberty Island Museum (open May 2019)
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
  • Crown Access at the Statue of Liberty
  • 9am Tour does not include access to the Pedestal at Liberty Island
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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 8:30am tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately 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 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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Eddy was absolutely perfect for this tour! Thanks again for the amazing experience and history lesson!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took the guided tour by Tim. We are glad we did because he was excellent!! Thanks, Tim:) We had a great time!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The extra cost to have an excellent guide accompanying our group of 20 was definitely worth it. Chris Tip was one of the best guides my wife and I have ever experienced. We particularly enjoyed the numerous stories he shared. We would rate it 6...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Methuen
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful guided tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Very efficient organization by the tour company - everything worked just as advertised. Top marks for a super guide, Chris Tipp, who was friendly, efficient, and very knowledgeable; his commentary was informative and entertaining, and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Brian D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The boat trip to Liberty and Ellis Island has to be by far the best value day out in NYC. So much has already been written about it, there's nothing that can usefully be added. Book well ahead, and just don't miss it whatever you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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There’s not a lot of walking to do at all and once your on Ellis Island your guide is only with you for a bit and then you can spend as much or as little time as you want and get the ferry back when you’re ready.
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You have to go on a waiting list of 6 months to go up to the crown
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