New York City

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour: All Options

New York City, USA
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From $44.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Offered in: English

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

What's Included

  • 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, entry not included

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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. They will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue jacket/shirt.

End point

  • 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.

What To Expect

Your half-day outing to two of New York’s most iconic landmarks begins bright and early: Meet your guide in Battery Park and—after a security screening—hop aboard your ferry. This tour includes round-trip ferry tickets and entry, and guarantees your admission to this essential New York experience.

Then, set out on the New York Harbor, where you can capture photos of the skyline while your guide shares stories about the city’s history. Your first stop is Liberty Island, where you’ll get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and explore the companion museum.

Next, return to your ferry and transfer to the second major landmark: Ellis Island. Learn all about its immigration history from your guide, and have free time to tour the Ellis Island Immigration Museum at your own pace. The tour ends when you return by boat to Battery Park.

Flexible alternatives are also available. For a time-saving choice, embark on a 2-hour journey just to Liberty Island. And for the most budget-friendly option, see both islands accompanied by an audio guide.

Battery Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Statue of Liberty

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ellis Island

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guides are wearing orange hats AND/OR blue shirts or jackets.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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Great tour guide >> great tour!
Alyson_L, Apr 2024
Our tour guide Sean was excellent. He told stories using his whole body, acting out for example the pounding of the metal and the moving of the pieces of the statue of liberty. The stories he told were people-based, and very interesting even without the extra engagement of whole body acting. He managed an overly large group with grace. Also, he looks like if Alan Rickman were blond and Irish, which just added to the charm.
Great tour. Emotionally and historically rewarding.
Ronald_G, Apr 2024
Views. Relating to my grandparents’ arrival as immigrants. Ellis Island photos of immigrants. Our guide Timothy was wonderful. He was as good a guide as I have had.
Tours were great
Bridget_L, Apr 2024
Ken was helpful and informative. He was good at sharing the history and kept the group together very well. We enjoyed seeing both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
I enjoyed the tour
RoseMarie_S, Apr 2024
Learning about the history of how she was made and brought to the US. Very easy to find where we supposed to meet for tour
Great tour
Svetlana_D, Apr 2024
Great tour. Our leader of the group was amazing. The tour length is 3.5 hours plus free time. So, plan to spend at least 4-5 hours there. Take a warm jacket even if it’s 20 degrees/C outside
Seeing the actual statue...
Maria_J, Apr 2024
Seeing the actual statue and confirming the history of the gift to the US from France. very enjoyable trip.
A gem
Alessandro_F, Apr 2024
Very interesting trip. Christopher Lee was amazing, knowledgeable, nice and well organized. Four hours went by very quickly
Leave Extra Time
Rebecca_H, Apr 2024
Our tour guide Chris was very good, knowledgeable and would highly recommend. We visited with our 20-something adult children. I wish we would have known to leave extra time for the security check before we boarded the boat. We met Chris at 8:45 AM and arrived at the Statue of Liberty at 10:00. The Museum is informative but to go into the Statue requires a separate ticket purchased about 6 months in advance. Our main focus for the excursion was Ellis Island and the Immigration Center to look up family members. We arrived at 11:45 and unfortunately needed to leave at 1:00 (as we had a 1:30 lunch reservation) and wished we have had an extra hour. In retrospect, we should have just visited Ellis Island.
Terrible Experience
Giannina_S, Apr 2024
I purchased a “2 hour express tour” that began at 10 AM. By 11:30 AM we were passing through security to get on the boat. We waited in line, and in the rain, for 1.5 hours. We were in the same line as people who paid $25 per ticket. I still do not know what set this apart from anyone who paid way less.
Sean is the best!
John_A, Apr 2024
Such an amazing excursion, the guide, Sean was very knowledgeable and such a great storyteller! I'd definitely recommend using him, especially if you like details and the history. If you're just there to sightsee, maybe he's not your guy, but those who want to learn and hear stories from the past, no one better than him.
Awesome!!!
Hilda_P, Apr 2024
Our guide was incredible! He possesses a world of knowledge, he made the experience memorable. We loved his enthusiasm🥰
Statue tour April 24
Keith_H, Apr 2024
The ferry out was great the views were spectacular and just seeing lady liberty 🗽 up close made it all worthwhile
Brilliant ...great morning.
Mary_H, Apr 2024
James was our guide on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour. We really enjoyed the day. And James just made that day even better!!! He was so informative and easy going. He had his own very unique way of getting a great photo at the Statue of Liberty!!! Whoever gets James on any excursions will be in for a treat!!! Thanks James.
Superb tour!
binay_s, Apr 2024
Liam was extremely friendly. Got to know a lot of interesting facts. Quite easy going. Overall a fantastic choice.
Our tour guide, Sean, was...
Stamatia_M, Apr 2024
Our tour guide, Sean, was a true storyteller. He really made the history come alive with his knowledge and his gift with words. Also, Sean made sure that we all knew where to go and what to do next. Terrific tour- I would absolutely recommend.
Jason, the guide, was...
DAVIS_E, Apr 2024
Jason, the guide, was knowledgeable about NYC history, including the Statue and Ellis Island. He was engaging and had good control of the group. It was a memorable occasion.
Incredible learning experience and photo opportunity.
Christina_B, Apr 2024
We highly recommend this tour. It’s a great learning experience and photo opportunity. Our tour guide James provided the perfect mixture of history and humor, and he made the entire experience feel effortless and enjoyable.
Great tour in spite of the wind and cold!
Jayne_G, Apr 2024
Alex was our guide and he went over and above to make it smooth, educational and fun for everyone. His depth of knowledge with regards to BYC and Kady Liberty history is outstanding. Well done, thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Tour
April_L, Apr 2024
The tour was as stated. Nice to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Amy did her job. It would have been nice to be inside while she was talking at Ellis.
I canceled this trip...
Mary_W, Apr 2024
I canceled this trip because the time changed and then the earthquake. Have not received refund yet.
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