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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

Product ID: 72307
Visit 2 of New York’s most iconic locations on an informative guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where immigrants were processed as they arrived to start a new life in America. Benefit from the chance to trace your own family history.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Get priority boarding for the ferry to Liberty Island
  • Learn the history of the Statue of Liberty and see the original torch
  • Follow in the footsteps of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island
  • View the magnificent skyline of Manhattan with exclusive access to the Statue's Pedestal
Full description
Meet your guide at 9:30 AM at Castle Clinton on the southern tip of Manhattan, and then enjoy priority boarding to climb aboard the ferry to Liberty Island without waiting in line.

Upon arrival on Liberty Island, enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty. Take in the sights of the New York skyline from the observation deck.

Then, cross by ferry to Ellis Island to explore the fascinating history of America's peak immigration years. Listen to personal stories and see family photos from the period. Trace your own family history. Break for lunch at your own expense and then continue your visit on your own. Stay as long as you want before returning to Manhattan.

Please note: the Statue of Liberty Museum will be closed throughout May 2019. An alternative route will be taken to Liberty Island, but the same information will still be given during the tour.
  • Priority access to board the ferry and save time at departure
  • Entrance fees to the Pedestal Museum at Liberty Island and the museum at Ellis Island
  • Round-trip ferry ticket
  • Expert Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Access to the crown at the Statue of Liberty
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $2.00)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Castle Clinton, Battery Park, New York City. Your guide will meet you in front of the bookstore 15 minutes prior to tour start time. He/she will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. You do not need to wait in the ticket line, your guide will have you tickets ready for you. If you arrive early, and it's raining, please do not wait inside the bookstore. There is a Castle Clinton exhibit near the north entrance and you are free to wait in there.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• The guided portion of the tour is 3.5 to 4 hours subject to the ferry schedule but to fully experience Ellis Island it is recommended to spend an additional hour on the island before returning to Manhattan
• It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes because a moderate amount of walking is involved
• If the tour is canceled due to poor weather you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
• The tour departs promptly and if you are late you will not be able to join the tour or be entitled to a refund
• Backpacks, strollers, and other large items are not permitted in the pedestal of the statue and there are lockers available for a deposit of 25 cent
• Photography is permitted but monopods or tripods are not
• You are not permitted to bring food or drink (except bottled water) or weapons of any kind at the statue
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Brooke was our tour guide and was very well informed and had lots of pics to enhance the information she shared. She kept the group together and gave clear instructions on where to go, how to get there, and what to see. Unfortunately it was a cold day (-9) so by the end there was nothing poor Brooke could say that could hold our attention as we just wanted to get inside and out of the cold.

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December 29, 2019

Fabulous tour and guide

This small group tour was excellent and memorable, largely due to our fantastic guide Joel who was so enthusiastic and made the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island come alive. The tour could not have been any better and was definitely well worth it...so much better than an audio guide or a large group tour!

October 20, 2018

Victoria was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and made sure the group stayed together and got the best views etc. Would have been good to have an extra 30 mins on Liberty Island to seed the new museum too.

February 18, 2020

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Product ID: 72307