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  4. Ellis Island

Ellis Island: The Gateway to America & Statue of Liberty

Product ID: 147867
Ellis Island was the Gateway to America, and on this tour you will learn more about the journey and the struggle for a new future and a better tomorrow. The site of the Statue of Liberty brought hope of freedom and peace.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Ellis Island Museum
  • See the American Immigrant Wall of Honor
  • Amazing artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral histories, and temporary exhibits.
  • Observe the American Flag of Faces
  • See the award-winning film documentary "Island of Hope, Island of Tears"
Full description
Ellis Island was the Gateway to America. On this tour, you will learn more about the journey and the struggle people made for a new future and a better tomorrow. The site of the Statue of Liberty brought hope, freedom and peace. You will also learn about the procedures to enter America. Set on a 27.5-acre site located minutes off the most southern tip of Manhattan Island, the island has a connection to more than half of the American population, who can trace part of their history to entering Ellis Island.

Over 12 million immigrants entered America through the doors of this Island. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located in the main building of the former immigration station complex. See the World Migration Globe which illustrates migration patterns around the globe. Also, visit the exhibit of the earliest arrivals as you walk through the various galleries, including a hearing room and a court of appeals. You will see the archives where you can access the passenger records of the ships that landed over 51 million immigrants, crew members and other travelers at the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892 to 1957. As you step outside of the museum, with the NYC skyline as the backdrop, visit the Wall of Honor. 

This tour will also visit Lady Liberty, where your tour guide will review the  Engineering, Construction, and Crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Lady Liberty’s is an inspiration to immigrants who sailed past her on their way to America. The Statue of Libery's overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches. The height of the statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches, and she has a 35-foot waistline.  The total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds).
Includes
  • Fully escorted with a tour guide
  • Ellis Island Museum
  • The ferry ticket to Ellis Island
  • The ferry ticket to Liberty Island
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation from the hotel
  • Meals or drinks
  • Gratuities are recommended
  • Please wear comfortable shoes

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet in front of Starbucks at 24 State Street, across from Battery Park. Please note that 24 State Street is also known as "One Battery Park Plaza." Your guide will be wearing a yellow uniform and will meet you on the plaza outside Starbucks. Do not enter Battery Park or go to the Statue of Liberty ticket booth, as they do not have your tickets. If taking the subway to the meeting point, take the R train to Whitehall Street Station, the number 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green Station, or the 1 train to South Ferry Station.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
Please wear comfortable shoes.
Only small bags will be allowed past security for safety reasons.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.9 / 5
  • Organization
    3.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Ich hatte die Tour gebucht, weil es geheissen hatte, dass man dadurch direkt auf die Fähre kann, ohne anzustehen. Das war aber überhaupt nicht der Fall. Auf unserem Ticket stand als Abfahrtszeit für die Fähre 11:30 Uhr. Tatsächlich sind wir um 13:00 endlich losgefahren. Da hat offensichtlich die Kommunikation überhaupt nicht gepasst. Bei der Besammlung vor dem Starbucks war es ein ziemliches Wirrwarr, wer nun bei welcher Gruppe dazu gehört. Auch nach der Klärung gab es noch Teilnehmer, die kein Fährenticket erhalten hatten. Es war auch ziemlich unklar, weshalb wir die Führung bei einem Denkmal begonnen haben und mit der Geschichte der Gründung der USA. Das sollte bereits im Voraus besser kommuniziert werden. Wir waren teilweise ziemlich verwirrt, ob wir möglicherweise bei einer falschen Gruppe sind. Da besteht noch sehr viel Potential, die Abwicklung für alle Beteiligten besser zu gestalten.

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October 24, 2019

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Guide was knowledgeable but lack group skill

September 5, 2019

Disappointed, poorly organized

I booked on the morning of the tour but when I met the guide I was not on the list. Tour guide tried to call the office but little was done to help. Tour guide then gave me an expired ticket (which strangely still gave me access to the tour at every check point), allowing me to access the tour. Overall a terribly disorganized tour worthy of a scam.

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June 23, 2019

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Product ID: 147867