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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

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icon3 to 5 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

One of the most iconic symbols of America, the Statue of Liberty rises up from New York Harbor, welcoming the immigrants who once entered the United States through nearby Ellis Island. Pay a visit to Lady Liberty and learn the stories of those who passed through Ellis Island with this convenient and flexible tour that lets you choose how long you want to spend at each attraction.
  • The comprehensive option gives you a guided tour that covers both Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Quicker options offer a guide for Liberty only or an audioguide for both islands
  • Avoid ticketing hassles: round-tip ferry tickets and museum admission are included
  • Begin your tour at historic Castle Clinton in Battery Park
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Round trip ferry ticket for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Access to the new Liberty Island Museum
Access to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island
Expert English speaking guide
Gratuities
Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
Crown and Pedestal (base) access at the Statue of Liberty
Mask (required for certain portions of the tour)
Castle Clinton National Monument , New York, NY 10004, USA

Meet your guide on the steps outside of Castle Clinton's North Entrance. Castle Clinton is inside Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. Your guide will have your entry tickets. Just show up and tell the guide your name. You do not need to retrieve any tickets.

Ellis Island , Ellis Island, United States

Tour will end on Ellis Island. Guests can spend more time there if they wish or they can head back on the first ferry returning to Battery Park.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. The tour departs promptly and if late, you will NOT be able to catch up and will miss the tour. There are no refunds for missing the tour.
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately either 0.5, 2 or 4 hours.
  • Food available for purchase on the ferry, at the Statue of Liberty, and on Ellis Island
  • Operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.
  • Security screening will take place prior to entering the ferry. Visitors to the park are required to undergo airport-style security screening.
  • Photographs are permitted, but tripods and monopods are prohibited.
  • Children 3 and under free with paid adult ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Guides are wearing orange hats AND/OR blue shirts or jackets.
  • 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
Q:
Where is the meeting point for the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.
Dec 2021
Q:
How much walking will we be doing on the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:We’ll be on our feet for most of the tour. At both Liberty and Ellis islands, your guide will lead you on a walking tour. The ferry also has multiple levels with stairs and there are about 160 steps to reach the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Dec 2021
Q:
What can I bring with me on the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:Food, backpacks, strollers, and large items must be checked into lockers before entering the Statue of Liberty. The locker fee isn’t included in the tour price. Also, plan for security screenings before entering the ferry and/or pedestal.
Dec 2021
Q:
Will the visit to the Statue of Liberty pedestal and the museums on Ellis Island be guided?
A:The National Park Service doesn't allow any guides inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, Statue of Liberty Museum, or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You will have time to explore these on your own after an introduction from your guide.
Feb 2021
Q:
What if it rains during my OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.
Dec 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options.

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  • "The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are obviously very popular so recommend that you get on the early morning tours to avoid the crowds!" See review
  • "Be prepared to follow instructions and stay with your group for a more pleasurable experience for everyone." See review

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star-5
The ride on the ferry and...
Maricela_R
, Jul 2022
The ride on the ferry and our tour guy John was great. Very informative and funny. Thank you John for taking time out of your day to spend time with us.
star-4
Chris is an outstanding tour guide!
Heather_A
, Jul 2022
From arrival, Experience First made the experience easy & pleasant. Good signage, easy check in process. Chris was a very personable tour guide with a fun sense of humor. He provided very clear info, set expectations & shared the historical details in a meaningful way - so we could imagine how these events went down generations ago. He also made a great effort to keep us in the shade on a hot day which was great!
star-5
Great tour
Mustafa_K
, Jul 2022
Our guide, Ben, was great. He was very knowledgeable and also ensure we stayed in the shade when possible, very much appreciated. I would recommend this to others.
star-4
I always wanted to see the statue up close
Prerna_S
, Jul 2022
The experience is nice. Our guide was decent. If you are looking to go to the pedestal you have to book separate tickets. Also, I felt we could have spent lesser time at the Statue of Liberty and used more time at Ellis island.
star-5
Guided tour was the perfect way to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Maxine_J
, Jul 2022
Our guide Brian made the experience of Ellis Island, the building of the Statue of Liberty and the experience of being a New Yorker come alive. His visual aids were excellent. His personal stories added to the experience.
star-5
Super tour with knowledgeable guide
AnnaB
, Jul 2022
Absolutely greatful for this tour! Our guide was amazing I believe his last name was Lee, not sure of his first name. He was super knowledgeable and had such an amazing personality! Even took a group picture and individual pictures. Definitely would recommend!
star-5
Would do again
Lesley_R
, Jul 2022
Kevin was amazing very smart and knew everything! What year was very informative. And our tour guide had a great sense of humor.
star-3
Could have been better
SheryllAnne_W
, Jul 2022
The email says the tour will start at 8am but it was never mentioned that there would be a pre-tour that talks about what we will see on the island and Statue of Liberty. It would have been great if the talk was done while on the tour and not prior. We did not see our tour guide after we got on the boat anymore.
star-5
Charlie was a great...
Mike_P
, Jul 2022
Charlie was a great guide. Very friendly. He was very knowledgeable. Made the experience worth it. Highly recommend
star-5
Fantastic experience - loved every second!
Eric_P
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide (Maya) was excellent! She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of all parts of the tour including Battery Park, Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Not only was it an educational experience, but she also made it fun and the 2-hours we spent with her flew by! She also gave us some helpful hints on where to stand on the ferry in order to get the best pictures, as well as when to start making our way toward the exit to avoid getting stuck behind all of the other tourists making their way off the boat. Overall it was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!
star-5
Awesome!!
Kimberly_W
, Jul 2022
This tour was amazing. Chris, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Highly recommend Chris and the tour.
star-5
Beautiful
Jose_N
, Jul 2022
Excellent guide and pretty good explanation about the history. We enjoyed the trip and the learning process.
star-5
Good tour
Sandy_E
, Jul 2022
Kevin was extremely well informed & a good leader of the group on a very crowded day! It was great that he took pictures for us!
star-5
It was amazing! I enjoyed...
Patrixia_L
, Jul 2022
It was amazing! I enjoyed learning about the history of Statue of Liberty! My family and I recommends this tour if you want a tour of the historical landmark! 😊
star-5
Amazing
Shannia_A
, Jul 2022
Tim was a great tour guide. I will recommend him for all your tours. It was a great experience. Will do this again soon.
star-5
Would do it again
Marianne_L
, Jul 2022
Loved the back story of the building of the monument. Wish Ellus Island was a tour of the building istead of a lecture. That was disappointing
star-5
If I could give you 10 stars James I would. What a fabulous tour!
Sally_L
, Jul 2022
WOW... O loved this and our tour guide James was just fabulous. He not only was very knowledgeable with everything Liberty but was also so much fun. He made us laugh so much and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. from getting us the prime spot on the ferry, to telling us about how Miss Ellis was such an important part of 9/11 The history of Lady Liberty in a fun way... who knew it was all so interesting. Thank you James, you made this trip what it was and I couldn't recommend you more. A valued member to your Viator team. Thank you
star-5
Viatir guid Chris Lee is the best
Hensley_B
, Jul 2022
The tour was great with our guid Chris Lee. Hé had told us so much and so funny. The arrival was also great. I will tell my friend in the Netherlands
star-5
KEVIN ROCKS
Jesse_C
, Jul 2022
Kevin gave a great tour was very knowledgeable and kept us in the shade on a hot July day. He also took nice pictures for everyone!
star-5
Owen was a great tour guide to the Statue of Liberty!
Jacquline_R
, Jul 2022
Our guide Owen Thompson was extremely helpful! He even gave us tips to dine in China Town. He was very polite and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour with him!

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