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Statue of Liberty Tour Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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Statue of Liberty Tour Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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Come explore this New York icon. Expert guides will meet you at Castle Clinton, a historic fort in Battery Park and a onetime possible site for the statue itself. From there you’ll board a ferry carrying you to Liberty Island. Your reservation includes a guided tour of the Liberty Island grounds with an expert English-speaking guide as well as access to the New Museum at Liberty Island.
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Professional and entertaining guide
Access to Liberty Island and Ellis Island (time permitting)
Ferry tickets to and from Liberty Island
Access to the Statue of Liberty Museum
Guided tour of Ellis Island
Crown and Pedesal access at the Statue of Liberty
Castle Clinton National Monument , Battery Park - Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

Please meet your guide on the steps outside of Castle Clinton's North Entrance (the far side from the water). The tour guide will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and will be carrying an orange flag.

12:30 PM
Liberty Island , Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

Tour will end on Liberty Island. Guests can choose to explore more or head back on the next ferry.

Make your way to Battery Park and meet your guide at Castle Clinton, a historic fort that was once considered as a possible site for the Statue of Liberty. Board the ferry to Liberty Island, and learn about the history of the island and the statue, on a guided tour of the island.

Continue into the Pedestal Museum, which contains “flames” from Lady Liberty’s torch, as well as some of the statue’s original structure. Climb to the top of the pedestal for unmatched views of the New York City skyline, New York Harbor, and Liberty Island. Following the guided tour, enjoy time to visit the island on your own—there are places to purchase snacks, park benches with city views, and scenic walking trails. If time permits, the tour will also make a stop at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park, where the tour concludes.

Please note: ferry lines and security wait times are much longer in the afternoon.
Stop At:  
Castle Clinton National Monument
This is the meeting point for the tour. The guide will be in front of the Bookstore holding an orange flag.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
New York Harbor
Guests will have amazing views of the harbor and the Manhattan skyline from the ferry to and from Liberty Island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
The majority of the tour will take place on Liberty Island with the exception of some time in Battery Park and transportation on the ferry.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Prohibited items: any weapons (self-defense or otherwise), locking blades, tools of any kind, large non-folding umbrellas, tripods, laptops, tablet keyboards, luggage, coolers, drones, basketballs, sewing kits, lighter fluid, and anything propelled by aerosol.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late
  • Important: Wait times at the ferry and security lines during the afternoon are much longer. There is a possibility of missing Ellis Island due to timing and boat schedule in the afternoon.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ExperienceFirst
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Statue of Liberty Tour Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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  • "Very good trip giving you all the details required and a must if you plan to visit the statue of liberty and the pedestal area." See review


292 Reviews

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Gifted Guide
, Feb 2020
This really was a fabulous tour!! I had a friend visiting and wanted to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but there weren’t any other ferry tickets left with other companies as it was the holidays. I really didn’t want a guided tour! Nevertheless, on a freezing and unbelievably rainy, dark day we had a superlative outing!! Our guide was most affable and brought it all to life in the most engaging way. Very grateful for a lovely, informative, and moving day. Thank you.
Great family tour!
, Jan 2020
Our boys (4.5,7.5) really loved seeing the Statue of Liberty. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny and did a fabulous job!
highlight of the trip!
, Dec 2019
This was a great trip! my kids haven't stopped talking about it! Our tour guide, Nicola, was so very impressive!
Cold Day at Statue of Liberty
, Dec 2019
We went the day after Thanksgiving, 11/29/19. We did the afternoon tour with Ibeth. She was an excellent tour guide - she was able to get us to both the Statue and Ellis Island. Good historical background and some good pictures at the Statue to explain how it came to the United States. The biggest issue is that if you take the afternoon tour, and it is busy (which is was very busy to get on to the ferry), then you will have very limited time to go to Ellis Island or look at the grounds around the Statue. Our tour guide did get us to both places before the ferry left, but it was very tight. DRESS WARMLY if you go in in the winter.
Great way to see the statue!
, Nov 2019
A great way to see the Statue. Without the hassle of the lines, but with the guiding hand and entertaining stories of Ibeth, my son and I loved it. If we ever come back again, we would see it the exact same way.
Statue Of Liberty Afternoon Tour
Kathleen L
, Nov 2019
This was an excellent tour. Nicola was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and engaging in his delivery and interaction with the group. I highly recommend this tour.
Review of Tim's small group statue of liberty tour.
, Nov 2019
Tim was wonderful. He was funny and gave us a lot of great info. He brought the history to life. We enjoyed our tour very much!
V Good Tour
, Oct 2019
Very good tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island despite the rainy weather. Sara our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was both entertaining and informative with her stories and anecdotes during the tour. She was helpful and gave some useful tips for the tour and visiting in New York in general. Tour never felt rushed and there was plenty of time to explore the sights at our own pace. Would definitely recommend particularly if you can get Sara as your guide.
Very Good trip
, Oct 2019
Very good trip giving you all the details required and a must if you plan to visit the statue of liberty and the pedestal area. Our guide Jimmy was great and funny and very informative.
Excellent Tour!
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, kind, and funny! Highly recommend this tour! Our guide was right on time. He waited for any last minute guests to arrive and the process of going to the island was seamless.

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