Best Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Visit America’s most iconic symbol of freedom; the Statue of Liberty



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Tour Highlights Include:

  • 3-4 hour (approximate) guided, outdoor walking tour
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty monument on Liberty Island
  • Great up-close photo opportunities of the Statue of Liberty from Liberty Island’s grounds
  • View the Statue of Liberty’s original torch on display at the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Visit the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, former immigrant processing depot
  • Round-trip ferry service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, with return to Battery Park (at your leisure)
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline
  • Fun tour with an informative, entertaining and engaging licensed, NY Guide
  • Smaller-sized group tour (Generally 16 Guests or less)

Overview:

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world!  On this tour, you will be guided around Liberty Island, where you’ll get to see this iconic symbol of hope and freedom, up-close, while learning her intriguing history.

Later in the tour, the group will visit Ellis Island, once home to the largest and busiest immigrant inspection depot in the USA!  You’ll learn about the millions of immigrants processed here; their quests and struggles for the “American Dream” 

Your 3-4 hour (approximate) guided experience departs from Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan.  It is from here that your Guide will escort you via a short ferry ride, to each of the two islands that will be visited during the tour (Round-trip ferry access to Liberty Island’s grounds as well as to Ellis Island, is included in the price of your tour).  Before boarding our first ferry, each tour Guest will be required to pass through airport-style security.  Important: Carrying weaponry of any kind is strictly prohibited.  Prohibited items will be confiscated, will not be returned and may result in legal jeopardy even if you are licensed to carry them in your own state or country!  For a list of prohibited items visit the Statue City Cruises website, at https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/faq/security-process/.

What To Expect:

Battery Park:

Your tour includes visits to BOTH Liberty Island and Ellis Island and departs from Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan.  It is in this area of Manhattan that America’s story first unfolds. From the tour’s meet-up point, your Guide will escort the group through Battery Park on our approach past an old fortification. This round, skeleton of a building has an interesting history of its own which your Guide will share en route to the security check point.  Security screening is mandatory before we will be able to board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty.  After each Guest has undergone airport-style security screening, the group will reorganize before making our way to the Statue of Liberty ferry. IMPORTANT: The Statue of Liberty is a VERY popular gal! Visitors LOVE her and therefore large crowds to board ferries to Liberty Island are not uncommon. It is imperative that Guide’s group stays together!  NO GUEST SHOULD BOARD A FERRY WITHOUT THEIR GUIDE (unless the tour has ended) or they risk missing their tour and will not be not be entitled to either to a refund or to tour rescheduling!

Liberty Island

After arriving at Liberty Island, your Guide will reassemble the group and share the fascinating history of how Lady Liberty came to be.  Of course, they’ll be time for snapping some photos of her, too.

Ellis Island:

After our visit to the Statue of Liberty, the group reassembles again before boarding another ferry boat; this time to visit Ellis Island. It is on this island that immigrants began their journey to become Americans.

End Of Tour:

Your Guide concludes the tour on Ellis Island. You are then free to continue enjoyment of your visit to Ellis Island on your own, by visiting numerous self-guided exhibits located within the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.  A cafeteria, bookstore and souvenir shop are also located on the island. Ferries operate throughout the day and are available to return you to Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan, whenever you are ready to depart Ellis Island.

Tour Location & Additional Information:

Tours depart from Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan. The exact location will be provided upon ticket purchase. Tours are offered on both weekdays and weekends. To view available dates/times for this tour on our events calendar, please click the BOOK NOW button.