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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

Product ID: 72307
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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.
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Duration 4 hours
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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
  • Spend as long as you want on Ellis Island before your return to Manhattan
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Meet your guide at 09:30 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 at the Statue of Liberty, take a guided tour of the museum. See the original torches, along with rare memorabilia. Look at the plaque with "The New Colossus" poem that was at the base of the statue from 1903 until the 1980s. 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. Visit the Great Hall and learn about the process of going through Ellis Island as a newly arrived immigrant. 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
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)

When you get there

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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Know before you go
• The pedestal at the Statue of Liberty 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
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Product ID: 72307