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Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket

New York, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Get a personal introduction to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on a private, half-day tour led by a local guide, and explore two of New York City’s most iconic sites at your own pace. Hear inspiring stories about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty as you explore her pedestal and museum. Learn about the immigrants that came to Ellis Island from around the world in the fascinating Ellis Island Museum. This fully-customizable private tour is a perfect fit for families and groups with limited mobility.
  • Private tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Customize the experience to your needs
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty pedestal and museum
  • Learn about Ellis Island immigration
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
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Priority access to board the ferry to save you time at departure
Personal expert guide
Private tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for 25 cent deposit))
Crown access
Transportation to/from attractions
Audio Guide (translates the tour)

Departure Point

Battery Park - Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

Return Details

Ellis Island, United States
Meet your guide at Castle Clinton, a historic fort in Manhattan’s Battery Park. You’ll get skip-the-line, priority boarding on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty—this is a great time to get your bearings in the city as your guide points out landmarks in Battery Park, the New York harbor and waterfront.

Upon reaching the island, make your way to the reservation-only Statue of Liberty pedestal and the Statue of Liberty Museum. See one of the original statue torches displayed alongside rare memorabilia and the poem ‘The New Colossus’ that was once at the base of the statue. Get perfect views of the New York City skyline from the observation deck and snap an unforgettable photo with Lady Liberty.

Continue to Ellis Island to explore New York’s immigrant legacy: follow an immigrant’s trail through the Great Hall and see moving photos and artifacts in the onsite museum. Enjoy a personal take on Ellis Island from your guide, whose family passed through Ellis Island, then learn how you can trace your family history there. Finish your day with independent time on Ellis Island or return to Battery Park with your guide.
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
An international symbol of hope and freedom
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
The main immigration processing center for the United States from 1892-1924
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Battery Park
Historic Battery Park
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castle Clinton National Monument
former fort with a colorful history
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Duration is subject to ferry schedule and time guest wishes to spend on Ellis Island
  • Food and drink is available for purchase on the Statue Ferry, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please wear appropriate shoes
  • Pedestal is not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in various weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Backpacks (including drawstring bags), strollers, and other large items are not allowed in the pedestal of the statue. Lockers are available for a 25 cent deposit that is returned.
  • Photography is allowed, however monopods or tripods are not allowed
  • No food or drink (other than bottled water) is allowed in the pedestal. Canteens of any material are also prohibited.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed at the statue (including pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.). There is no place to check these items before going through security, so please leave these items at home
  • There are two security checkpoints on this tour. One at Battery Park before boarding the ferry, and one at Liberty Island before entering the pedestal
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Dog Tours Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket.

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A Great Tour for Those Who Want to Know the Historic Details and Stories of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide James was personable and full of fascinating information. He provided us an extensive series of historic facts and stories about the Statue of LIberty and Ellis Island that made the places come alive. We felt fortunate that we had him all to ourselves in a private tour. He is a treasure.
Will do another one of the tours next time we are in NYC
, Dec 2020
Having a private guide was far better than having to listen to a tape or try and read all the history as you toured The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our guide Nicole knew where to be on the boat that was relatively empty and at each stop took us to a location away from other people so she could give us the history and then let us explore ourselves. We admit there was a lot we did not know. I highly recommend this tour. Worth the price.
Brooke is the way to go!
, Mar 2020
Brooke was an amazing tour guide! Very informative and personable. She kept us intrigued with her stories and lots of history!
Great trip!
, Mar 2020
Fantastic tour. Our guide, James, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, funny and great to have around. Very enjoyable!
Fun, insightful Statue of Liberty Tour
, Mar 2020
Our guide, Victoria was so knowledgeable and friendly. She moved us with ease through the Statue of Liberty tour and then onto Ellis Island giving us history and current information along the way. She was also a great resource for local Manhattan tips. Great guide
, Feb 2020
Wonderfull James did an excellent job! Very informative and made sure we were well taken care of. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’
Narrative of liberty and Ellis island
, Feb 2020
Joel did a great job. Had group from all over the world including a 5 and 3 year old and he did a excellent job taking us on the Ellis island/statue of liberty tour
Awesome tour
, Jan 2020
Joel, our guide was very knowledgeable, took care making sure we saw all important artifacts. Explained everything we observed. I would definitely book a tour through top dog again.
Statue of Liberty Tour
, Dec 2019
We had a good tour. Met at Battery Park. uide Service Top Dog was there waiting. the guide was great. we all had a good time.
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New York City Private Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour
, Oct 2019
We received an excellent tour from Joel on Friday, October 11, 2019. He is knowledgeable as well as entertaining. He took time to answer all our questions and made sure we received all of the information that the tour provided - without rushing us. We had just the right amount of time at the Statue of Liberty, seeing the museum as well. And, we feel we had just the right amount of time at Ellis Island too. We appreciated him and felt he gave us the attention to detail that we expected from a "private tour". Thank you.

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