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  • 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    1. 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west side of Lower Manhattan, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat.  A multilingual audio tour is available in English, Italian, German, ...

    It was a really lovely experience. Although the statue wasn’t within touching distance as advertised, nonetheless, it was lovely seeing the statue up close. The service is really good. I missed the first booking, but I was able to reschedule the booking by paying a discounted fee. I, however, believe the tour guide could have been better. She was quite inaudible and it was difficult to follow. Perhaps the guide should focus on describing attractions on one side of the boat whilst departing the pier and focus on the attractions on the other side, when returning. That way, passengers will know what direction to focus on during the tour.

  • New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    2. New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Spend just 90 minutes to take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a Semi-Circle Cruise. You'll enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. See it all with fun and knowledgeable tour guides who bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. You’ll pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations – and then head back to Pier 83, the starting point for the tour.

    The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

  • New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

    3. New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

    Make the most of your time in New York City with this combination ticket and scenic cruise package. Pick your tickets up at the 9/11 Memorial Museum then avoid the long waiting times and sail on in with your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, explore at your own pace and discover the story of 9/11 as told through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. After the museum, walk over to Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge to join a one hour sightseeing cruise. Pass by New York’s most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, snap unforgettable vacation photos, and soak up panoramic views of the city skyline. Finally, visit the Edge and ride 1100 feet into the air to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. From the deck, admire 360 degree views of New York City and admire iconic sights including Freedom Towers, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New...

    It was perfect! Julie called me to reschedule Liberty Cruise due to a boat malfunction & reschedule cruise for the next day, so thoughtful!

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

    4. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

    Meet your guide in Battery Park at Castle Clinton, a former fort. For the comprehensive option, you will have a guided tour of both Liberty and Ellis Island. For the express option, you will have a guided tour of Liberty Island and you can visit Ellis Island on your own. For the pre-ferry tour, you will get the essential information prior to boarding and access to audioguides while on the island. With all options you will have roundtrip ferry tickets to both Liberty and Ellis Islands and entry into the Museums. You may stay as long as you wish after the tour. No Pedestal access.

    Although I was worried of the uncertainty, everything went smoothly, easy process, the guide were there to greet and guide. I like the fact that a confirmation was sent the day before, letting me know where to go and how to get there, that gave me a peace of mind. Instructions easy to follow, excellent.

  • New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

    5. New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

    Welcome to New York, the city that never sleeps! Get a real feel for the city as you take to its streets and subways with a local guide and experience what Manhattan has to offer. Your full-day tour begins when you meet your guide in Times Square, at the statue of renowned lyricist and composer George M. Cohan. Hear about the history of Times Square and learn how a horse trading market became the most famous intersection in the world. Head out along New York’s Theater District, which for a hundred years has been the center of the world for actors, playwrights, and artists from around the globe. Visit 30 Rockefeller Center and continue east to Fifth Avenue, the world's most expensive street, lined with elegant storefronts such as Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. Stop to admire Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building before stepping beneath the arching dom...

    Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

  • NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Statue of Liberty & Guided Tour

    6. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Statue of Liberty & Guided Tour

    Take a 30-minute tour of the Statue of Liberty, and learn its unique history with a local guide. Then, explore the many artifacts of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on this inclusive experience. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets. Then, cross to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Museum. About 40% of current US citizens can trace their ancestors to Ellis Island. After concluding the self-guided portion of your tour, visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. These honor all those who lost their lives in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. See the 9/11 Museum with its over 10,000 artifacts. Learn how the events of that day impacted the world, and download and listen to the 'Witnessing History Tour" as you tour the exhibits. Explore also the exhibition detailing "The Hunt ...

    Overall, it was a wonderful tour package. We had 11am admission tickets for the 911 Memorial and Museum. The experience is very heavy, first hand accounts from survivors and honors for those who were lost. We used the audio tour option on our smart phones and made our way around, it took just over an hour. From there we walked to Battery Park and met Vivian, our tour guide for the State of Liberty/Ellis Island tour. My only gripe was we were no able to go into the Statue of Liberty, apparently it requires another ticket but we were not aware of that and it was too late to purchase a ticket when we were on the island. Vivian was wonderful, very informative and friendly. I would recommend this tour to others.

  • NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    7. NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    See the iconic sights of New York City with a helicopter flight over Manhattan. Depart from Downtown Manhattan or Westchester, avoid the traffic, and look on as the Big Apple’s famous skyline appears below you. Be amazed by aerial views of iconic landmarks that may include Central Park, Yankee Stadium (if there’s no game on), the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, depending on the option selected. Admire skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

    8. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

    Visit over 12 top downtown NYC attractions with this special access ticket and tour. Save time and see more: Statue of Liberty, Museum Access, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Charging Bull, Federal Hall, Federal Reserve Bank, Trinity Church, Fearless Girl, and more. Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the history of NYC, the early Dutch settlement and how it transformed to the financial capital today. As you walk along Wall Street, you’ll see the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and other financial and historical institutions. Next stop is the 9/11 National Memorial where you’ll see the enormous reflecting pools, the largest man-made fountains. You’ll hear stories of the events, tragedy and heroism of that day. The guide will take you directly to the Reserve ticket line where you will get priority boarding to the ferr...

    The guide during the walking tour was excellent! The boat ride to liberty island and Ellis island was excellent!!

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ferry Tour and Ripley's

    9. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ferry Tour and Ripley's

    Your tour will begin with a 30-minute guided tour of Battery Park where you can learn its unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. Learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. Encounter Castle Clinton, which was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and was the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry to Liberty Island where you will benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. Receive priority access to the ferry Line to Liberty Island, before crossing New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty, where your ticket grants access to the pedestal and Pedestal Museum. Built by Gustave Eiffel, “Lady Liberty” was a gift to the United S...

  • Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island Small Group Tour

    10. Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island Small Group Tour

    Step back in time on an amazing tour of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Walk through the park and discuss its significant history with your student guide as you make you way to the old military fort of Castle Clinton. Skip the long lines to take the ferry to Liberty Island, and then enter the pedestal of the statue on arrival. Visit the museum to learn more about the monument and get great views of Manhattan from the deck. Climb aboard another ferry and sail over to Ellis Island, where the first immigrants to arrive in New York in the 19th century were processed. Explore the museum and memorials to get an insight into how America was built on immigration from the Old World. Then, take the ferry back to Manhattan or choose to remain on Ellis Island to relax, eat or look up your family records.

    It is so convenient to have a tour guide. Our tour guide Jerry was extremely knowledgeable and helpful which helped us save a lot of time and yet have a memorable experience.

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What people are saying about Liberty Island

Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

Beautiful weather, boat wasn’t too crowded, person narrating did a great job pointing out interesting sites and making it fun. Views were good from both sides of the boat. Only negatives were people standing along the railing making it harder for others to see and take pics.

The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

Excellent and informative! Our guide, Mike, was great! Highly recommend.

Best way to get a narrated version of the city from the water