The Battery
Educational Activities

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended The Battery Educational Activities

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Next, enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, see the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum. Once finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Here, you are free to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed. All options include ferry service from Battery Park, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and back to Battery Park. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

2. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

This 3-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide and private and small group tour options. The tour begins at Battery Park, one of the oldest parts of Manhattan. Here you’ll find the country’s first immigration center, Castle Garden Immigration Station, which operated until Ellis Island opened. Take a ferry to visit Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty keeps an eye on incoming ships. Visit the statue at your own pass. Before, you will learn all about Fort Wood, which now acts as the base for the statue, offered to the US by France in 1886. Hear all about its creator, Bartholdi, as well as contributions by famed architect Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame. Another ferry will whisk you across the water to Ellis Island. Here, millions of European newcomers wandered the very luggage rooms and registry rooms that you will enter, learning about the medical examines and surprising conditions faced by immigrants. Feel the fear at the separation stairs or the elation at the kissing post where families’ lives changed forever. You’ll end your tour at the Wall of Honor, where you can search for your family’s name among the some 700,000 names commemorating those who entered the United States here. This tour is the ideal way to remember, and celebrate, the immigrants that contributed so much to America’s success.

Frequently asked questions about The Battery Educational Activities

What are other things to do than The Battery Educational Activities that are worth visiting in New York City?

The other unmissable things to do in New York City are:

What are the best The Battery Educational Activities?

Which The Battery Educational Activities are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

These The Battery Educational Activities are taking additional COVID-19 precautions:

Other Sightseeing Options in The Battery

Want to discover all there is to do in The Battery? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about The Battery

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,995 reviews

The experience was amazing. The tour guide was very nice and even as it rained he made sure we got to hear the history of battery park. What an incredible experience to see Lady Liberty and the New York skyline. The only actual complaint was the treatment of the Alied Security personnel. The male Security guard was very rude and disrespectful. Then the female guard hit my husband with the Security wand on purpose.

We loved our 2-hour tour to the Statue of Liberty. Our guide was so knowledgable and passionate about Lady Liberty. I heard my 10 yo granddaughter tell someone back home it was her favorite learning activity in the NYC visit!

Very good experience, great guide Owen Thomas was our guide and very knowledgeable New Yorker. He was outstanding and made the tour very comfortable and amazing

I wish I could give a 10 star rating. It was amazing tour of the Statue of Liberty and Eli’s island.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting as well as fun