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New York City: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Product ID: 345781
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Make the most of your time in New York with a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty with special access to the statue’s pedestal followed by a visit to Ellis Island to walk in the shoes of an immigrant arriving in the USA.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Catch an early ferry to the Statue of Liberty for a tour before the crowds arrive
  • Experience the process immigrants to America went through on Ellis Island
  • Visit the museum on Ellis Island and stay after the tour to explore at your leisure
Full description
With visitors rushing past to board the ferry to Liberty Island, the memorials at Battery Park rarely get the attention they deserve. It’s from here that your Statue of Liberty tour begins with a little context. The stories these monuments have to tell are well worth hearing, so take some time at the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial, the Sphere, and the New York Korean War Veterans Memorial to begin the day. Then, it’s off to Liberty Island with pre-reserved ferry tickets from Battery Park to Liberty Island.

Tickets for inside the statue pedestal are becoming increasingly rare, but with your special-access pass, you’re guaranteed entry to one of the most impressive viewpoints in New York. With captivating insights from your guide, you’ll discover the story of how Lady Liberty was gifted to the US by France and designed by their finest architects including Gustav Eiffel. Then, climb the 215 steps of her pedestal and make your way to the viewing terrace for a moment to remember.

Next, jump back on the ferry and onto Ellis Island where you’ll follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants and learn about the lengthy immigration process they went through. Walk the Stairs of Separation to understand the island’s two very different names: “The Island of Hope” and “The Island of Tears.” A visit to the incredible Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is a must-do as it’s simply one of the most interesting and well-curated museums there is with its collection of interactive displays for people of all ages to immerse themselves in.  

The tour ends on Ellis Island but you can choose to stay a little longer or head back on the ferry with your guide.
Includes
  • Expert tour guide
  • Guided Statue of Liberty tour
  • Pedestal tickets for Statue of Liberty
  • Access to Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island Museum
  • Return pre-reserved ferry tickets from Battery Park – Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island
  • Small group of 20 people or fewer
What’s Not Included
  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004, USA. Your guide will be waiting to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks
Know before you go
• Tour involves climbing and descending 215 stairs
• You must pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty
• Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and may be confiscated and not returned
• Food (including unopened) and drinks (including water) are not permitted
• Only water in a clear container or bottle is allowed through security
• Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items
• If you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put it into a locker at a cost of 25 cents upon arrival at Liberty Island, payable only with a quarter
• Early access to Statue of Liberty and arrival before the crowds is only applicable if 8:30 AM or 9:00 AM departure is selected
• In the event that the ferry does not operate due to heavy rain or adverse weather conditions, an alternative option is provided
• There is an elevator available to the pedestal, however, is not wheelchair or walker accessible

From US$ 69 per person

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Product ID: 345781