Make your way to Battery Park for a morning departure (exact departure times vary with season, see “Additional Info” for details), then board a ferry boat for Liberty Island with a local guide.
Enjoy views of the New York City Harbor during the crossing, as your guide shares some offbeat stories from New York City history—ever heard of the suspected octopus attack that took down a local ferry?
Upon arrival at Liberty Island, you’ll have access to the Statue pedestal, where you can climb under the skirts of Lady Liberty to learn the story of her construction. Find out the inside scoop on the dramatic sculptor, the frosty reception that New Yorkers gave to the new statue, and the seagull casualties caused by the torch. Get panoramic views (and the ultimate New York selfie) from the pedestal, which looks out at the skyline of Lower Manhattan.
The guided tour concludes at Liberty Island: from there, you can board a ferry back to Battery Park, or use your ferry ticket to continue to Ellis Island at no extra cost.