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Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour, Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

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Go on a guided tour of one of the world's most iconic structures: the Statue of Liberty. Explore around Ellis Island, most commonly known as the "Island of Tears". Learn about the stories behind the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island from a knowledgeable guide.

Highlights
  • Enjoy a fun and informative tour of the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island!
  • See sweeping views of Manhattan's borders and surrounding waters on your visit to the statue's pedestal
  • Learn about the rich histories of both the statue and the Ellis Island from your witty local guide

Description

Come and visit the world famous Statue of Libertyand the Ellis Island within a day along with a knowledgeable tour guide!

Start off by visiting the sites around Battery Park such as the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariner's Memorial, the Sphere, and the New York Korean War Veteran's Memorial. These sights are not given much attention even though they have highly significant roles in history. Your guide will explain the history and significance of each site that you will be visiting.

Next, hop aboard the ferry on your way to the statue. Priority boarding will give you the opportunity to enjoy the ride as well as the scenic views from your seat. Upon arrival at the statue's island, go on a guided tour of its pedestal. Learn why the reason why this statue was gifted to the United States by France and how it was erected on the island.

Once your tour of the statue and its island is finished, head back to the ferry to be transported to Ellis Island. Trace the footsteps of over 12 million immigrants who had docked here in high hopes of entering the city of New York with their families. You will learn about the immigration process in the past as well as the purpose of the Stairs of Separation in order for you to understand the island's two by-lines: "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". Ask curious questions from your guide as you pass by several interactive displays depicting the lives of the immigrants.

The tour will end in Ellis Island, giving you time to stay a while longer at the island or to return to the ferry going back to the city with your guide.

Includes

  • Fully guided Statue of Liberty tour

  • Ellis Island tour

  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets

  • Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, including all tickets

  • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park - Statue of Liberty

  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

  • This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.

  • Tour participants must be able to climb 215 stairs from Statue lobby to the

top of the Pedestal.

  • Guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned.

  • Please refer to the Statue of Liberty's guidelines on specific prohibited items: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/safetyandsecurtiy.htm.

  • The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

Includes

  • Ferry ticket

  • Statue of Liberty and Pedestal special access ticket

  • Ellis Island Museum ticket

  • Guide
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Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour, Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Ferry ticket / Statue of Liberty and Pedestal special access ticket / Ellis Island Museum ticket / Guide
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Schedule

Starting time: 08:30 - 09:00 (Show more)
  • 08:15

    Check-in at Pier A Harbor House

  • 08:30

    Statue of Liberty Cruise

    With priority group boarding, be the first on the island before the hoards of tourists arrive. Go on a quick tour with your local guide to learn about the rich history of the iconic structure and get special access to the statue pedestal for a 360-degree view of New York Harbor.

  • Ellis Island

    Cruise to the Ellis Island to visit the historic Immigration Center were 12 million immigrants' arrivals were processed. In here, know all about that process and stories from the people's journey from all around the world. Also, see the Stairs of Separation and the popular Kissing Post.

  • Battery Park

    At the end of the tour, you can choose to ride a ferry back to Battery Park with your local guide, or spend more time exploring Ellis Island.

  • 12:30

    Check-out at Ellis Island or Battery Park

  • 08:45

    Check-in at Pier A Harbor House

  • 09:00

    Statue of Liberty Cruise

    With priority group boarding, be the first on the island before the hoards of tourists arrive. Go on a quick tour with your local guide to learn about the rich history of the iconic structure and get special access to the statue pedestal for a 360-degree view of New York Harbor.

  • Ellis Island

    Cruise to the Ellis Island to visit the historic Immigration Center were 12 million immigrants' arrivals were processed. In here, know all about that process and stories from the people's journey from all around the world. Also, see the Stairs of Separation and the popular Kissing Post.

  • Battery Park

    At the end of the tour, you can choose to ride a ferry back to Battery Park with your local guide, or spend more time exploring Ellis Island.

  • 13:00

    Check-out at Ellis Island or Battery Park

  • (For Check-In) Pier A Harbor House - Battery Park (Pier A Harbor House, Battery Place, New York, NY, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Battery Park (Battery Park, New York, NY, United States) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Pier A Harbor House - Battery Park (Pier A Harbor House, Battery Place, New York, NY, United States) Time: 08:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Battery Park (Battery Park, New York, NY, United States) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Pier A Harbor House - Battery Park (Pier A Harbor House, Battery Place, New York, NY, United States) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Battery Park (Battery Park, New York, NY, United States) Time: 13:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Pier A Harbor House - Battery Park (Pier A Harbor House, Battery Place, New York, NY, United States) Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Battery Park (Battery Park, New York, NY, United States) Time: 13:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible except for the Statue Pedestal access which requires participants to be able to climb and descend 215 steps.

  • Guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to the guidelines on specific prohibited items: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm

  • Tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

  • The only part wheelchair users or those with limited mobility will not be able to visit is a small platform at the very top of the Statue Pedestal.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Weather appropriate clothing.

  • Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $2.00 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers.

  • Cash

  • Walking shoes

  • Camera

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

  • Motion sickness preventative

Additional Note(s)
  • Participants carrying a backpack or large bag will be required to put the bags into a locker which costs $2.00. Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers. Prices are subject to change.

  • Tours are in English only.

  • Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 08:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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