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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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First visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - My Wife and I had a wonderful time with Chris! He was extraordinarily knowledgeable and friendly.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Our tour guide Steven was amazing, very knowledgeable and went above and beyond! Definitely recommend

Date of experience: September 2019
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Sugar Mama, Was the nick name of Lady Liberty !! I loved our guide funny and very informative. 20 yrs in the making beautiful. Ellis island , emotional grandma had a 2 month journey from Russia in the bottom of the ship. Thank you to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank elzabeth
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Very well run and interesting self-tour of our beautiful Statue of Liberty. We purchased tickets for the pedestal which was a great experience. Park rangers were very informative and professional.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank patriciamM376MZ
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This is a great tour. View from the pedestal was great. A must do for anyone visiting NYC. Benoit was fantastic. Funny and engaging. He takes great pictures too! Thanks for the great experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank knpvv
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11 September 2019|
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Response from 106kathyk | Reviewed this property |
You have to go on a waiting list of 6 months to go up to the crown
28 August 2019|
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Average budget: Cheap Air Fare +1-(888)Flight 589-1015 If you prefer to stay in an apartment or hotel near Manhattan (Queens, Brooklyn, Harlem Long Island City), or if you want a budget apartment in Manhattan, you can find... More
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You can, but you need to schedule pretty far in advance.
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