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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

Take in the view of Manhattan as your ferry over to Liberty Island!

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

Tania A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Super!
You have to book this tour if you are going to NYC, avoid LINES!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Tour guide very friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely would recommend!!!!! Thank you

Mark A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a really enjoyable tour to the statue of Liberty and Ellis island, Our guide Rachel was really friendly and welcoming from the start and she was very knowledgeable on everything about our trip she even took photos of all the couples at the statue of Liberty,we would recommend this tour on your trip to NYC and Rachel was superb

Jacqueline J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I highly recommend this tour. Our guide was outstanding. The Statue of Liberty tour was informative and interesting, so impressive. On our way to Ellis Island our guide encouraged us to transform into our immigrant ancestors. He then guided us in their footsteps as they stepped off the ferry and were processed through immigration. I chose to remember my grandmother, who traveled alone from Finland, 19 years old, and didn't speak a work of English. It was a very moving experience.

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

My daughter and I were celebrating her 21st birthday with a short break in New York, and I booked this before I left the UK. We were staying on 8th Avenue and had seen how heavy the traffic is, so I booked a taxi for 7.45 am as it was an early start, 8.15 am at Battery Park.

This was the best tour I've been on for years, all due to the charismatic tour guide, Adam Wennick.

We got there at 8.10 am and luckily the park paths had been cleared following the heavy snowfall during the week, still quite icy as it was early. We made our way through the park to the meeting place in Castle Clinton, waited by the Bookstore and Adam Wennick arrived, ticked us off his list, and told us to wait in the small museum to keep warm whilst waiting for others. There is a rest room there. When the group was assembled Adam gave us our tickets and warned us to look after them carefully, bought us all into the museum and gave a very knowledgeable and passionate talk about the history of the area.

We then went to queue for security before the ferry and tolerated many queue jumpers, but Adam kept us all together. During our wait Adam explained the sculptures in the park.

The security is very thorough, including belts. We then got onto the ferry and Adam pointed out the other islands, recommended a good photo spot, and left us to enjoy the short journey.

Upon arrival at Liberty Island we gathered again for our second security check - no food or water is allowed through and I had the embarrassment of a half eaten pretzel in my coat pocket, so do check!

We walked up to the statue and into the fantastic museum which Adam presented in a very knowledgeable way, we then proceeded either up the stairs to the pedestal or in the elevator. The stairs are closed in and OK for vertigo sufferers. At the top of the pedestal you are free to wander outside, but one door was blocked and there was some congestion. It was amazing to see the view outside and inside you can see inside the statue through the glass ceiling.

We then gathered again, and before leaving for Ellis Island, Adam volunteered to be our 'photographer' by lying on his back on the gritty snowy ground - a gesture I doubt many tour guides offer, thank you so much Adam.

We set off for Ellis Island and before entering the building Adam explained the history of immigration - my grandmother emigrated to the US in the 1920's, it was fascinating. I won't be returning and was pleased I can access the information on the web.

We were then free to have lunch or explore further and Adam left us. My daughter and I had lunch, took the Battery Park ferry back, and took the subway back - you have to go down into the station to get a travel pass which you can load for your next visit, like the Oyster card.

A fantastic tour with a wonderful tour guide who gave 101 percent. Thank you!

carolinesimone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had Adam as our guide for our recent trip to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
If you are wondering whether to book a trip to see these iconic landmarks of New York, I can highly recommend taking this tour. There are alternative methods of visiting these places, but having the excursion planned for you and being in the company of a tour guide is hassle free and very informative.
Adam was a great guide, knowledgeable, personable and very interesting to listen to - we particularly enjoyed the addition of a few fun facts to keep us entertained. Thanks for looking after us Adam - we had a great excursion!

PETER A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing Remy the guide is such a nice guy they should make him the boss.

Chandra United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Rachel was the best tour guide ever! She was friendly and knowledgeable and did a fabulous job. I would request her again next time we go to New York.

Alan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent , weather not very good but our guide Rachel brightened the day with her enthusiasm and knowledge.

Robert O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Alice was our tour guide and she was Phenomenal. Alice was reading and waiting when we arrived and she was well organized and rich in knowledge about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. She provided tidbits of information that you would not get by touring on your own. The weather was cold and windy, but it did not dampen her enthusiasm.

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