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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
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Tour snapshot
Includes round-trip ferry ride from Lower Manhattan with priority boarding
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
22
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    22
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Follow in the footsteps of New York’s early immigrants and discover the beacon of liberty herself on this half-day tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry from Lower Manhattan—no waiting in line. This tour also includes guaranteed Statue of Liberty Museum and entry to Ellis Island’s historical facilities.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Relive US immigration history at the statue’s museum and on Ellis Island
What to expect
In the morning, head to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, where you board a ferry. Skip the line with priority boarding, then take in the cinematic views of New York Harbor en route to your first stop: Liberty Island. Venture into the Statue of Liberty Museum, where audio headsets make it easy to hear your guide’s commentary. Board another ferry bound for neighboring Ellis Island, which housed New York’s primary immigrant processing facilities from 1892 to 1954. Learn about the millions of people from around the world who passed through this gateway to the United States, and tour its well-preserved facilities with your guide. The tour ends when you board a ferry back to Battery Park, though you can choose to linger at Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum or see more of its sights before returning.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Relive US immigration history at the statue’s museum and on Ellis Island
What to expect
In the morning, head to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, where you board a ferry. Skip the line with priority boarding, then take in the cinematic views of New York Harbor en route to your first stop: Liberty Island. Venture into the Statue of Liberty Museum, where audio headsets make it easy to hear your guide’s commentary. Board another ferry bound for neighboring Ellis Island, which housed New York’s primary immigrant processing facilities from 1892 to 1954. Learn about the millions of people from around the world who passed through this gateway to the United States, and tour its well-preserved facilities with your guide. The tour ends when you board a ferry back to Battery Park, though you can choose to linger at Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum or see more of its sights before returning.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Live Guide
  • Round Trip Ferry Service
  • Reserve Round Trip Ferry Ticket
  • Admission: Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Admission: Ellis Island Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Pedestal or Crown Access
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • One Battery Park Plaza, 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA Departure Point: In front of Starbucks on the corner of State Street and Pearl Street.
  • Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA For the 3 Hours Statue Only w/Pedestal the guided portion of the tour ends at the Statue of Liberty. You may take a self guided tour of Ellis Island (included with your purchase) or return to Manhattan immediately after the guided tour.
  • Ellis Island, United States For the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour your guided tour ends on Ellis Island. You are free to remain on the island to further explore the museum or take in a short film about the island at no additional charge.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All guests must pass through airport-style security screening. Guests are advised to plan accordingly. No alcohol or weapons of any kind, legal or illegal are allowed. This includes pocket knives, scissors, pepper spray, mace, brass knuckles, etc. There is no opportunity to check prohibited items before the security screening. All prohibited items will be confiscated with no opportunity to retrieve them. POSESSION OF SOME ITMES MAY RESULT IN SUMMONS OR AREST BYT THE U.S. PARK POLICE
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DEPARTURE TIME: The trip requires a ferry to reach the Statue of Liberty. The tour must depart as scheduled to stay on time and keep with the ferry schedule, therefore we unfortunately cannot wait for late arrivals. A small delay of even 5 or 10 minutes could set the tour back 20 to 30 minutes. Please plan to arrive at the meeting point AT LEAST 15 to 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure to compensate for any travel delays on the day of your tour. Once the guide departs we cannot guarantee that guests who haven't checked in will be able to join the tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • When you arrive in the area of Battery Park please do not take directions from people on the street. There are many tour operators and ticket sellers operating in the area who are not representatives of our company. We cannot be responsible for instructions given by people who are not representatives of our company.
  • If you require assistance please call the number listed on this voucher as early as possible so that we can assist you in reaching the meeting point. While we appreciate calls letting us know you are running late we cannot hold the tour as explained above.
  • NO REFUNDS are issued for missing the tour due to late arrival.
  • Based on availability guests may be able to re-book to another tour on another date. The ferry tickets that we purchase for your visit are non-refundable and space is limited therefore a rebooking fee will be applied.
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions so please check the weather and plan accordingly. In the unlikely event that a tour must be cancelled due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and guests will have the option to re-book for another day or receive a full refund. Re-booking is done on a first come, first served basis and is based on availability.
  • There is a good amount of walking on this tour. There are opportunities to sit but guests should be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live Guide
  • Round Trip Ferry Service
  • Reserve Round Trip Ferry Ticket
  • Admission: Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Admission: Ellis Island Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Pedestal or Crown Access
Departure details
  • One Battery Park Plaza, 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA Departure Point: In front of Starbucks on the corner of State Street and Pearl Street.
  • Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA For the 3 Hours Statue Only w/Pedestal the guided portion of the tour ends at the Statue of Liberty. You may take a self guided tour of Ellis Island (included with your purchase) or return to Manhattan immediately after the guided tour.
  • Ellis Island, United States For the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour your guided tour ends on Ellis Island. You are free to remain on the island to further explore the museum or take in a short film about the island at no additional charge.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA For the 3 Hours Statue Only w/Pedestal the guided portion of the tour ends at the Statue of Liberty. You may take a self guided tour of Ellis Island (included with your purchase) or return to Manhattan immediately after the guided tour.
  • Ellis Island, United States For the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour your guided tour ends on Ellis Island. You are free to remain on the island to further explore the museum or take in a short film about the island at no additional charge.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All guests must pass through airport-style security screening. Guests are advised to plan accordingly. No alcohol or weapons of any kind, legal or illegal are allowed. This includes pocket knives, scissors, pepper spray, mace, brass knuckles, etc. There is no opportunity to check prohibited items before the security screening. All prohibited items will be confiscated with no opportunity to retrieve them. POSESSION OF SOME ITMES MAY RESULT IN SUMMONS OR AREST BYT THE U.S. PARK POLICE
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DEPARTURE TIME: The trip requires a ferry to reach the Statue of Liberty. The tour must depart as scheduled to stay on time and keep with the ferry schedule, therefore we unfortunately cannot wait for late arrivals. A small delay of even 5 or 10 minutes could set the tour back 20 to 30 minutes. Please plan to arrive at the meeting point AT LEAST 15 to 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure to compensate for any travel delays on the day of your tour. Once the guide departs we cannot guarantee that guests who haven't checked in will be able to join the tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • When you arrive in the area of Battery Park please do not take directions from people on the street. There are many tour operators and ticket sellers operating in the area who are not representatives of our company. We cannot be responsible for instructions given by people who are not representatives of our company.
  • If you require assistance please call the number listed on this voucher as early as possible so that we can assist you in reaching the meeting point. While we appreciate calls letting us know you are running late we cannot hold the tour as explained above.
  • NO REFUNDS are issued for missing the tour due to late arrival.
  • Based on availability guests may be able to re-book to another tour on another date. The ferry tickets that we purchase for your visit are non-refundable and space is limited therefore a rebooking fee will be applied.
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions so please check the weather and plan accordingly. In the unlikely event that a tour must be cancelled due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and guests will have the option to re-book for another day or receive a full refund. Re-booking is done on a first come, first served basis and is based on availability.
  • There is a good amount of walking on this tour. There are opportunities to sit but guests should be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct 2021
A note from Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island are managed by the U.S. National Park Service - MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED TO VISIT - NY City & State regulations do not apply. Masks will not be provided, guests should bring their own. No refunds will be issued for missing the tour for not having a mask.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    One Battery Park Plaza
    One Battery Park Plaza, 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA
    Departure Point: In front of Starbucks on the corner of State Street and Pearl Street.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Statue of Liberty
    Stop: 100 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Ellis Island
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Manhattan Skyline
  • 3
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    New York Harbor
    Brooklyn Bridge
  • You'll end at
    See Important Information for details
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TucsonBorn
Tucson, AZ170 contributions
Jim was the perfect guide to teach us about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. He was funny, made everything interesting (even to our 14 yr old), was assertive in just the right NY way to keep his group safe, on time and first on and off the ferry. He gave us great insider tips, took great photos of each family in front of the Statue of Liberty, and really told us everything we need to know in a shorter time than we could have spent going through every piece of the exhibits. However, time is given for going through the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis island Museum on your own if you want to. I am a healthcare worker and on the more extreme side of precautious for COVID-19, and was glad that I had a good mask on the ferry, because it was quite crowded and hard to distance at times (but we did find adequate space outside on the 2nd level). Jim did a great job of ensuring that everyone in our Tours group or their mask properly over their nose and mouth. I felt like it was fairly easy to socially distance in the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island buildings. Mask wearing was at least 80% for other tourists who were not on our tour. For us, it was well worth the price for this tour, and Jim was the perfect guide!
Written 5 December 2021
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namefunnel
Lexington, MA38 contributions
Nov 2021
We weren't sure whether it would be worthwhile to use a guide service, since you can tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on your own, but it turned out to be a great decision. Marc L was really great, knowledgeable, adaptable to the ferry schedule changes, enthusiastic, and careful about not losing anyone in the masses of visitors. It was fun seeing the Statue of Liberty up close, and I really enjoyed the second floor of the Ellis Island museum. My Dad's family came through Ellis Island, and I could easily imagine what they must have gone through from all the photos on the walls.
Written 9 November 2021
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Sa3531
Hi and thanks for visiting with us. I'm very glad you enjoyed the trip especially at Ellis Island where your family entered the United States. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and I hope to see you again next time you visit.
Written 11 November 2021
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Mark Johnson
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Our guided tour of Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island was perfect. Jim, the tour guide, was flawless for many reasons including: 1, his verbal presentation was animated, gregarious, humorous (he sounded like Larry David), 2, like a great guide he spent ‘standing in line time’ giving his prepared speech to save guests ‘free time’ at the Statue of Liberty, 3, he knew the best photo spots and then took photos in front of Lady Liberty for each person in his group with their respective cell phones which was a great gesture (he took photo attached to this review) 4, he kept his ‘charges’ together going through security lines, going on and off ferry boats, etc to make transitions move more quickly, and 5. guests do not have to worry about messing around with showing tickets as Jim kept the group together and just scanned a total number of guests through entry points to move things along quickly (although you will each get a ticket as a souvenir to keep as a memento). Jim is the best tour guide I’ve had in the US at any site, on any tour … period! He is ACES!
Written 5 December 2021
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ZigZagZee
New Rochelle, NY7 contributions
Sunday, June 20th, was the perfect day for a city adventure! Killed two birds with one stone…father’s day and our little 5th grader graduating…who had an Ellis Island project that he was really proud of earlier in the year that we were like let’s bring it to life. Debbie was our tour guide who filled our day with unknown facts-even as born and raised New Yorkers! She busted out her tablet to show us additional photos to give us the visual to help drive in the details. The tour got us in express lanes so we didn’t wait long to get on and off the ferry (yo, tourists were like you skipping lines and we were like nah…we are in a paid tour, bruh )The ease of the tour was phenomenal and for the price…you’re not mulling over Google researching the nitty gritty details of each site…here we were literally hand held to the most important displays/exhibits/ locations. My son loved and he usually complains about everything! He was like Debbie deserves 5 stars and she does…she had jokes lol I’d recommend this tour to those visiting NY and us NYers who think we know everything, in reality, we friggin’ know nothing! I’ll be looking into more tours in the future and would love to check back with Trip Advisor once the Liberty’s crown opens again! Great experience!
Written 21 June 2021
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Sa3531
Hi and thanks so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. I'm so glad we were able to deliver a fantastic experience for you and your family. Congrats to the Grad and I hope dad enjoyed Father's Day.
Written 26 June 2021
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Carolyn H
Huntington Beach, CA50 contributions
Nov 2021
Wow, did we luck out. We not only had perfect weather 11/10/2021, our guide Marc was fantastic. He was personable, got to know everyone in his group and made our day!! Even though the ferry schedule was a bit goofed up, Marc made the most of it by sharing so much information about not only the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island when we were there, but also about surrounding areas . He pointed out all types of land marks, really gave us interesting facts about the places we visited and was so informative. He also took good care of the group, making sure everyone was on and off ferry carefully, continued to head count the group, etc. What more can be said- if you go ask for Marc. Not only that it was his wife's birthday and he had theater tickets, but he didn't rush us. Thank you Marc.
Written 13 November 2021
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Zaif I
1 contribution
Oct 2021
I was lucky on the morning of 30th October. Not only the weather cleared up from the previous night rain storm but also grateful to have Jim as our tour guide. He is knowledgeable and made the guided tour very interesting with his humor. I could also tell Jim had done many guided tours. He spends time with the group wisely narrating while on the boat and giving the group enough time to wander on our own once we reached the destination. Jim is also a good photographer as he took pictures of us and know the precise time when to take the picture of the Statue of Liberty as the ferry passes by.
Thank you Jim. You made my NYC visit very memorable!
Written 13 November 2021
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Kat K
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
Jim was literally the greatest guide of all time. He was extremely knowledgeable, he taught us more than the movie at the Statue of Liberty did! He knew how to make sure we knew where to go, he was great with timing and extremely personable. This tour was the perfect amount of guided with the ability to go off on our own with a set meeting point. I highly recommend this tour, especially Jim, he's a true gem and made this an experience we won't forget!
Written 31 October 2021
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JENNDM
Lancaster, SC17 contributions
Apr 2022
Mike was great. He was super positive, gave a lot of history, and provided a lot of direction as to what we would expect (such as the security lines, where he would be waiting if we got separated). We felt confident to navigate back after the tour because of how thorough he was during the tour. I would highly recommend it and thought it was a good value for what we paid.
Written 23 April 2022
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Mobile31410157410
1 contribution
Brilliant tour with our excellent guide Jim. He was full of interesting and useful information, quite a lot of which we had no idea about. He made sure we had maximum time at each attraction and he knew the best parts of each and guided us there first. Even took the time to make sure we all had group photos. When the tour was over went the extra mile to show us how to get a MTA ticket for the subway and guided us to the right stops. Would highly recommend and if you get Jim as your guide you will be very lucky.
Written 27 February 2022
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Debby
1 contribution
Nov 2019
We enjoyed this tour and Jim was a fantastic tour guide. A great touch also with him personally taking the time to take 2 great photo ops with view of Downtown Manhatten skyline and then in front of the statue of liberty.
This trip was a great day out, definitely go as early as you can in the day, I recommend checking out the Liberty museum as it's really interesting and easy to have a good look through. However try to get over to Ellis Island as soon after this so you can fully enjoy the interesting audio tour/information there. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories and seeing the old photos, if you like detail and want to take in all the info like I did, I unfortunately just ran out of time at the end before they closed.
Written 2 January 2020
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Marc was a great guide for this touching 9/11 tour
Our 9/11 tour was extremely interesting and very well led. Tour guide Marc L took the time to share with us the eve
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Personal and highly informative
Great tour, highly informative and interesting. Jim was our guide and he was thoughtful and gave us insight and in
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Jim was a GREAT guide! He shared such wonderful perspectives, as well as personal experience about this terrible t
HoosierClark1
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ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TRIP!!!!
We cannot recommend a tour with Jim enough! It was worth every penny! Not only was he extremely informative, he als
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Super tour 9/11
Just did a wonderfull tour of 9/11 memorial with Mike! Lots of information, explained in a fascinating way. Would d
josephbI1041RD
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Excellent experience
My favorite part of the tour was the tour guide. Jim was very informative about the city and the history,, and exce
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Mike made our tour
This was my first visit to New York so I was keen to visit a few attractions (9/11, Rockafella,Ellis Island & the S
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Excellent
Mike was a great guide. Very authentic and detailed. Great experience. We will go back again and request Mike. Hav
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Well worth the trip
Debbie was our tour guide. She’s a real New Yorker with personal history related to the tour. We learned so much
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The history of 9/11 & seeing where it all happened.
My favorite thing was meeting Debbie & the couple from Scotland! Plus everything we saw & the stories Debbie shared
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Fantastic, Moving, Worthwhile Tour
My 14 year-old daughter and I took a tour with Debbie Mason, and she was absolutely phenomenal. Such incredible kno
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Marc has heart
This was a tour given by Marc Landrum. He had us feel like we were all New Yorkers who had lived through that awfu
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Walking tour with Debbie M
The tour guide! We have 38 entry stamps in our passports, and nearly always used local guides for some or all of
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9/11 walking tour with Jim
Jim was a tour guide. He was very pleasant and informative. He also added lots of humor. The pace was good and we s
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Ask for Jim
We went with Jim. He was personal. Knowledgeable. We took a tour that was definitely outside of just the two reflec
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