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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Check two New York landmarks off your bucket list on this exciting guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start the tour by getting early Reserve Line Access boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island. Once there, go inside the pedestal of the statue (if upgrade selected) and head to the observation decks for an awesome view of New York City and its surroundings. Then hop back on the ferry to Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing history of immigration to America that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
  • Guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Explore the grounds at Liberty Island and upgrade for pedestal access
  • View exhibits at the Great Hall inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island
  • Early Reserve Line boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get early-morning departure and reserve ferry boarding on your way to Ellis Island—rare perks.
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Priority line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
[Currently Closed] Access to the Pedestal Monument at Liberty Island for Comprehensive Tour option
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 Access at the Statue of Liberty
Face mask available for a $1.00 fee

Departure Point

New York, NY 10004, USA

Return Details

Ellis Island, United States
After meeting your guide on the southern tip of Manhattan, board the ferry. Enjoy your early Reserve Line Access boarding to avoid the crowds. During the ride to Liberty Island learn about the history of the famous statue and learn about how perceptions of Lady Liberty have changed over the decades and generations. 

Once on the island, take a guided tour of the Liberty Island grounds.
Take in the sights of the New York skyline as well as New Jersey and Ellis Island. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. If you've upgraded, head into the pedestal of the statue and then up to the observation decks for a superlative view of the surroundings.

After some time, hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island, as your guide give you the historic low-down on the millions of immigrants that passed through here between 1892 and 1954. 

After reaching Ellis Island, explore the place deeper with your guide by wandering around the Great Hall and taking in the exhibitions that explain further about the 12 million people that passed through here. Learn also how Americans can trace their ancestry here. 

You are on your own for the remainder of the visit, staying as long as you want before you return to Manhattan.

Please note the earliest tour has the least wait. Later tours encounter longer wait times.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
Enjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island as well as access to the Pedestal and Museum!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Enjoy a guided tour of the Ellis Island grounds!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Guests will have access to the Immigration Museum. The tour ends on Ellis Island so guests can spend longer in the museum if they wish.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
  • Backpacks, strollers and other large items must be checked into lockers on Liberty Island. These lockers are available for $2 per locker. This fee is not included.
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ExperienceFirst

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

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?
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 OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options.
Q:
Where is the meeting point for the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.
Feb 2021
Q:
How much walking will we be doing on the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
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.
Feb 2021
Q:
What can I bring with me on the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
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.
Feb 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 Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
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.
Feb 2021

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Statue of Liberty
Douglas_G
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide Nicola was amazing. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. Very interesting facts about the lady that I was not aware of. The Ellis Island experience gave me a feeling of going back in time.
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Awesome and Educational
Beverly_Manderson
, Jun 2021
The tour was awesome. I learned a lot about the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island that I didn’t know.
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Fun filled Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island day
Melisa_R
, Jun 2021
We had a fantastic tour guide (Ibeth). She was very friendly and had a fantastic personality and very funny! She was also very knowledgeable about both islands and New York’s history. She definitely made the trip exciting and fun. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone going on a tour.
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Guide was wonderful
Laura_T
, Jun 2021
Our guide was entertaining and engaging he made an effort to learn about each of us in the group and found something that appealed to each and everyone individually. He was the best guide I ever had
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Brian is the best!
Wendy_W
, Jun 2021
We arrived early so we could explore Battery park and because the departure explanation was clear. We met Brian and he made us all feel included. The group talked amongst ourselves as we were all set at ease. Brian was clever and clear in his delivery of the fact. He gave us enough facts without making our heads spin with data. He was good at the giving the facts and keeping us moving through the day. He even kept my teen boys engaged. They bonded a little over some video game talks. I would highly recommend this group and especially Brian as a tour guide.
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This one!!!
Vivian_M
, Jun 2021
This was an amazing tour. I’m so glad I opted for this one over just viewing the statues of Liberty on a boat. It was worth it to me to walk around it and see the grounds and the addition information in the museum in Liberty island. Ellis Island was great as well. Our tour guide Brian was fun and knowledgeable.
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Awesome Experience
Larry_M
, Jun 2021
Our Guide was very knowledgeable! The tour was excellent. We will definitely be back once Lady Liberty is truly open for guest.
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Misguided advertising
janine_t
, Jun 2021
The experience was misleading. I thought that the tour guide would be with us for the entire experience and get us to the front of the line for the ferry. Instead, we were given a history of battery park and the forts then told to get into line for the ferry.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hello Janine, your 30-min pre-Ferry tour option is just that. You get a guided tour prior to boarding. However, our other tour options the 2 hour Express tour and the 4 hour comprehensive does include a fully guided experience while on the island.
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Great
Mark_Z
, Jun 2021
Great guide he is great he is wonderful Ok ok ok this is what what what else ok I don’t know how to write
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Will do it again.
Hugo_S
, Jun 2021
Our guide tour, Kevin L was very knowledgeable about the the subject. Easy to understand, good sense of humor, and very good speaker.
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