Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour
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Private Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour
Explore these islands with a licensed NYC sightseeing guide. Learn about their history and hear Hard Hat Tour
What you'll do
This tour features an all-inclusive visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our special-access ferry tickets and itinerary help you avoid the crowds while making sure you don’t miss anything at these two incredible landmarks.
After meeting your guide at Castle Clinton, you’ll ride the ferry to Liberty Island, taking advantage of your early reserve line access to board. On the ride over, your guide will share about the statue and its surprising history.
At Liberty Island, your guide will show you the grounds and tell you more about what you’ll see on the pedestal and in the museum. You’ll have time to climb the Statue of Liberty pedestal on your own to enjoy sweeping views of the NYC skyline from Lady Liberty’s feet. You can also visit the Statue of Liberty Museum, featuring exhibits about the monument and the original torch.
Hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island to learn about the millions of immigrants who passed through here between 1892 and 1954. Your guide will point out significant monuments on the grounds, including the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. You’ll also get a preview of the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum so you know what to expect as you tour it on your own. Spend as long as you want on Ellis Island before returning by ferry to Battery Park.
The sandstone fort that doubles as our meeting point and a national monument
Statue of Liberty
With access to the statue pedestal and museum
Including monuments like the American Immigrant Wall of Honor
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Stories of the millions of immigrants who came through here from 1892-1954
Plan your trip
Tour ending point
The guided portion of the tour ends at Ellis Island. You can stay as long as you wish and then take the ferry (ticket included) back to Battery Park.
This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.
How much walking is there?
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 of the grounds to point out the different sights. The ferry also has multiple levels with stairs, and there are about 160 steps to reach the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.
What can we bring?
Food, backpacks, strollers, and large items must be checked into lockers before entering the Statue of Liberty. The locker fee (typically around $0.25) isn’t included in the tour price. You should also plan for security screenings before entering the ferry or pedestal. Persons and property are subject to search. Prohibited items include weapons, locking blades, tools, non-folding umbrellas, tripods, laptops, tablet keyboards, coolers, luggage, drones, sewing kits, lighter fluid, and anything propelled by aerosol.
Are the Statue of Liberty pedestal and the museums on Liberty and Ellis islands included?
The National Park Service does not allow any guiding inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, the Statue of Liberty Museum, or the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You will have time to explore these landmarks on your own during your visit after an introduction from your guide.
What is the rescheduling policy?
We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. We also offer rescheduling to another date the tour is running at no extra cost if you’re unable to make this tour. Please keep in mind there are no refunds available if you have already rescheduled your tour.
What if it rains?
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.
What about gratuities?
Tips are always appreciated but never expected. They’re a great way to tell your guide they did an awesome job and show your appreciation.