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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

1. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

2. Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

Experience the magic of NYC from the water on this sailing cruise from Brooklyn. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Capture pictures of iconic sights like the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.  Meet your captain and begin your sailing adventure. Get up close to sights like Governors Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. View the immense Brooklyn Bridge from the water. See a piece of history as you pass by Ellis Island. Take in views of the World Trade Center.  Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, make a memorable proposal, build a tighter work team, or make a regular day special with an NYC cruise. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

3. New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

Join a morning of spectacular panoramic skyline views of the legendary New York City. This 4-hour morning tour is designed to fascinate all visitors: history, movie, and photography buffs alike. Take this opportunity to experience the incredible skyline views from New York tourism's best-kept secret, New Jersey’s waterfront. Then, treat your palate to one of America’s best and well-known pastries at Carlo’s Bakery (from the hit TV show "Cake Boss"). Along your adventure, you will be introduced to the city of Frank Sinatra, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empty Sky Memorial. Your morning tour will take place during the day when the city's famous skyline stand out from across the Hudson River. Visitors report feeling chills, being in complete awe, and feeling speechless when standing in front of Manhattan’s magnificent panoramic views and the most iconic symbol of freedom.

New York City: Skyline at Night Tour

4. New York City: Skyline at Night Tour

Join a night of spectacular panoramic views of the legendary New York City. This night tour is designed to fascinate all visitors - history, movie and photography buffs alike. Take this opportunity to experience the incredible panoramic views from New York tourism's best-kept secret, New Jersey’s waterfront. Then, tickle your palate with one of America’s best and well-known pastries at Carlo’s Bakery. Along your adventure, you will be introduced to the city of Frank Sinatra, the Statue of Liberty and the Empty Sky Memorial. Your night tour will take place during the twilight hours when the city's famous skyline comes to life with millions of lights flickering all around you. Visitors report feeling chills, being in complete awe and feeling speechless when standing in front of Manhattan’s magnificent panoramic views and the most iconic symbol of freedom. Bring your camera and be ready to be amazed!

Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

5. Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

Eat like a local while learning about the history and inspiration behind six diverse eateries during this food tour through Central Ave in Jersey City. Discover why New Jerseyans travel from all over the state to get the most authentic and delicious bites they can’t find anywhere else. Count on a mix of 5-6 unique hand-picked “mom-n-pop” restaurants, ranging from authentic Mexican and Peruvian to West African and so much more. This tour has 2 sit-down tastings and 4 standing (Subject to change). While your local guide will focus on the stories behind the dishes, you’ll also leave with an appreciation for the eclectic art and rich history of the area. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food, but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the (JC) Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Andrea Salumeria (Rated best deli in NJ) - Irmas (Mexican/Salvadorian) - Ozu Foods (Japanese) - El Gordo (Peruvian) - Griot Cafe (Afro-Caribbean inspired) - The LoDG (Rated the best donuts in Hudson County)

Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

6. Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

Discover the diverse culinary scene during a tasting tour of Jersey City. Make your way through local establishments and savor some of the most delicious food and drinks in town. With 100s of restaurants to choose from, you'll experience an exciting and simple method of tasting your way through the local food scene. Count on a mix of four unique hand-picked restaurants, varying from classic Italian (it is Jersey after all), Mexican fusion, new American, and so much more. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Gringo’s- Freetown Road Project - Razza- Luna- Ghost Truck Kitchen- Torico Ice Cream- Bang Cookies Spirit Partners: - Misunderstood Whiskey - Corgi Spirits- Jersey Wine and Spirits

JFK Airport-Bayonne Cruise Port Private Transfers

7. JFK Airport-Bayonne Cruise Port Private Transfers

Start or end your cruise in New York stress free, and skip the long wait for cabs at Bayonne Cruise Terminal in New Jersey, or JFK Airport with a pre-booked hassle free private transfer. The safe and reliable service will save you time and worry, and is available in either direction. Transfers are by comfortable 10-seat minivans, 6-seat SUVs, or 3-seat sedans, depending on the size of your group and option selected. All vehicles have plenty of room for 1 standard-sized suitcase and 1 small carry-on bag per passenger. Sit back and relax as your driver takes the strain of the busy roads, and enjoy door-to-door service from the cruise terminal to the airport. Transfer costs include all road taxes and tolls, so there’s no hidden fees to pay on arrival.

Private Transfer: Newark Airport to Bayonne Cruise Port

8. Private Transfer: Newark Airport to Bayonne Cruise Port

Start or end your cruise in New York with your hassle free private airport transfer. Why wait in a long cab line when you can be on your way quickly? Our safe and reliable transfers save you time and money. Arrival and departure transfers are available from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to the cruise ship port and pier in Bayonne, New Jersey. Luggage allowances are 1 standard-size suitcase and 1 small carry-on per person. You must include the following information in the "additional notes to the supplier" field during booking: Airline flight number Arrival or departure time Name of cruise ship Choose from 3 different vehicle types designed to fit any size family or group; Sedan (3 passenger), SUV (6 passengers) or Van (10 passengers).

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 458 reviews

This worked exactly as described: ferry to Statue of Liberty, explore the island on your own or with the audio tour, hop back on a ferry when you're ready, and then take the second ferry to Ellis Island. We spent much more time at Ellis Island due to the extensive exhibits. When you're ready to leave, line up for the ferry back to your departure point. Very smooth and easy.

Great trip , very efficient ferry journeys too . We opted for a free 30 minute tour on liberty island by a very good Park Ranger Gordon He was extremely informative and made the short tour very interesting. Ellis island was great too lots of info in the museum, definitely good for anyone with ancestors who came to USA through NY .

The crossing is fast but the boat does a good tour in front of the statue to ensure you beautiful souvenir photos. The views of NY are incredible (obviously) and it's very nice to take all the time you want to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island. A must! :)

It was fantastic!!! The places that we visited were amazing, the best views of New York and Marian made the trip very interesting with all the information and details provided. I'd strongly recomend it if you want feel in love with New York!!

Frequent ferries allowed us to go earlier than planned once we got to Battery Park. Very convenient.