Check two huge sites off your bucket list with this exciting guided 4-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start the tour by getting early Reserve Line Access boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island. Once there, go inside the pedestal of the statue and head to the observation decks for an awesome view of New York City and its surroundings. Then hop back on the ferry to Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing history of immigration to America that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
4-hour guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
Explore the grounds at Liberty Island before heading inside the pedestal for observation decks and a museum
View exhibits at the Great Hall inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island
Early Reserve Line boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Get early-morning departure and reserve ferry boarding on your way to Ellis Island—rare perks.
After meeting your guide at Castle Clinton on the southern tip of Manhattan, board the ferry. Enjoy your early Reserve Line Access boarding to avoid the crowds. During the ride to Liberty Island learn about the history of the famous statue and learn about how perceptions of Lady Liberty have changed over the decades and generations. Once on the island, head into the pedestal of the statue and then up to the observation decks for a superlative view of the surroundings. Take in the sights of the New York skyline as well as New Jersey and Ellis Island. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. After some time, hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island, as your guide give you the historic low-down on the millions of immigrants that passed through here between 1892 and 1954. After reaching Ellis Island, explore the place deeper with your guide by wandering around the Great Hall and taking in the exhibitions that explain further about the 12 million people that passed through here. Learn also how Americans can trace their ancestry here. You are on your own for the remainder of the visit, staying as long as you want before you return to Manhattan. Please note the 8:30am tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.
Great tour guide, he was very informative, knowledgeable and funny. The tour was well organised and recommend the 8.30 tour. Seeing the Statue of Liberty has been a highlight of my New York experience. Learning about Ellis Island’s history of processing immigrants was fascinating. Would recommend doing the tour.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Cody touring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He had a way of sharing the details and providing tips on how to optimize our visit in an extremely entertaining way. He also was a master of handling the logistics - getting us on and off the ferry rides and to the locations - which was no easy task. If there was a rating over 5, he'd get it.
I took this tour with my adult son - first time in NYC for both of us. Our guide, Cody, was an animated speaker and a wealth of information. The new Liberty museum is very interesting, and touring Ellis Island really gives one a feeling for the experiences of U.S. immigrants.
Loved this trip. Started in battery park catching the ferry with our great guide Jessica who made it real fun and interesting. Statue beautiful up close and Ellis Island fascinating. Would highly recommend this trip.
What a wonderful way to tour The Statue if Liberty and Ellus Island! Our tour guide was so sweet and made all the history so exciting and fun! She was professional and personable. I would highly recommend others to her!
I booked this tour last minute because the regular pedastal access tickets (without a tour) were sold out and this was our only way to access the pedestal. I would have felt like I missed out not doing the pedestal tour, but really would have been fine just cruising in the harbor. Our guide (Jen) was friendly and tried, but just a little cheesy for me. She talked an awful lot about her personal acting career and how little it paid, and taught us very little on the tour. You'd be better just taking the free staten island ferry. Our kids were fine with it. I thought it was a waste of money.