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NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds. Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

2. 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.

Manhattan: Statue of Liberty and Skyline Cruise

3. Manhattan: Statue of Liberty and Skyline Cruise

Leave the noise of the city behind and see New York in a new light. Sit back and marvel at the famous skyline from the comfort of the solarium on this gorgeous 80-foot 1920s style yacht. Get up close to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this sightseeing cruise. As you pass by such important sites at Battery Park, the financial district, and South Street Seaport, your captain will provide an informative narration. Cruise the Hudson River and New York Harbor on the Manhattan. The Manhattan provides a turn-of-the-century elegance and comfort, complete with teak decks and mahogany trim. Settle into the spectacular glassed-in observatory on the back deck, equipped with cushioned seating around conversation-friendly tables. The observatory is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, providing panoramic views in the utmost comfort.

New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

4. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

Take a ferry and see two of New York's iconic islands: Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and learn the history behind the statue and how it came to be on Liberty Island. The tour includes priority, reserved access to the islands; a professional, licensed NYC tour guide who will guide you through both islands; and access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island. On Ellis Island, you will learn about the journey of the millions of immigrants who passed through the island from 1892-1924, arriving in America, in search of a better life. Due to site regulations, your guide might not be able to accompany you inside the museums. However, they will offer a complete explanation of what you will experience inside.

Wine Tasting Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

5. Wine Tasting Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

Set sail with an informative wine expert, who introduces a variety of wines picked from some of America’s oldest and best-known cellars. Casual, fun and informative, you'll be guided through new tastes and flavors, expanding your palate and pairing great wines with snacks and cheese. Hand built in 1929 from native hardwoods, the 82-foot schooner Shearwater harkens back to a bygone era of yachting. One of New York City’s only floating designated landmarks, Shearwater has been taking New Yorkers and the city’s visitors sailing in the harbor since 2001. Let the historic yacht carry you along the Hudson as you admire breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline with a glass of delicious wine. 

New York City: Liberty Island Tour

6. New York City: Liberty Island Tour

Discover the Statue of Liberty without needing to get up early to catch the first boat over to Liberty Island. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride with your small group and expert guide, taking in a full tour of Liberty Island. Meet your expert guide in Battery Park and marvel at iconic buildings like Castle Clinton (America’s first immigration station) and the Pier A Harbor House before hopping aboard a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Before entering the statue, your guide will provide you with the most important facts about Lady Liberty and you will then have time to explore it at your own pace. Dive into the story behind the statue's construction and why it almost wasn’t built at all. Inside the statue museum discover artifacts from its construction, telling the story of one man’s monumental dream that brought an entire city together. In just three hours, you’ll have seen the Statue of Liberty and learned its story from an expert guide. No early wake-up calls, no waiting in line, just easy, intimate access to America’s most iconic monument.

New York City: Sunset, Wine, and Jazz Sail

7. New York City: Sunset, Wine, and Jazz Sail

Bring out the romance and while away an evening under the stars as you slowly sail around New York harbour listening to the cool, smooth sounds of jazz aboard the tall ship, Clipper City. Let the hustle and bustle of the city fade away as you sip on your drink to the music of acclaimed musicians such as jazz guitarist, Joe Cohn, saxophonist, Avram Fefer, as well as a variety of other well-known guest musicians booked by Jazz Standard founder, James Polsky. Watch as the crew sets the massive sails of New York’s largest sailing ship and experience a comfortable cruise along the Hudson and East Rivers. A replica of the lumber-hauling schooners that drove America’s industry more than a century ago, the Clipper City’s decks are spacious and comfortable, with ample seating, a full bar and a raised quarter deck back aft that allows for unparalleled views of the cities harbour and iconic skyline.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

8. 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.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

9. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

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An excellent trip! I traveled with my two kids (13 & 2) and had a fabulous day. Our guide was brilliant, she was super engaging and knowledgeable. My son said he wished she was his history teacher at school lol! The process was easy. We met her by the pier (She wasn’t easy to identify as I was looking for an orange sign to match the app colours) and had a brief tour of the park before making our way through security and on to the ferry. The views from the ferry were stunning. We took a leisurely stroll around Liberty Island with our guide telling us interesting facts with pictures. We visited the museum and had lunch at the cafe which had a good selection of hot and cold foods. We then went to Ellis Island by ferry, again our guide had pictures and interesting facts. We explored the island before heading back to our hotel. This trip was fun for both my kids and our guide made it really interesting. I’d highly recommend this trip you won’t be disappointed.

Our guide Russell gave us information about the Statue and Ellis Island that you just don’t find in the books. Since this was our first time and we wanted knowledge and not just the experience of looking a guided tour with Russell was enjoyable, educational and an experience we will remember forever!

Our guide Alice was so informative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I am taking other friends on the tour again and I hope Alice is again our guide. She is great!

We had a great day on this tour despite it being chilly and wet. The tour was so interesting and allowed us to "put a face" to these iconic places we have heard so much about.

Rob was an amazing guide thoroughly fascinating!! The facts he had for the statue and Ellis Island was fabulous!!