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Statue of Liberty Tour, Ellis Island, & 9/11 Memorial Tour with 9/11 Museum Tickets

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8 - 8.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Take a full day to soak in NYC's most popular attractions in the company of a local guide. Enjoy special Pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty and experience the story of 9/11 at ground level, when you visit one of the most poignant musuems in America. You'll also enjoy a full Ellis Island tour where you'll learn about the epic story of European immigration to America.

Take Walks: Take a day to explore the best of Lower Manhattan.

Visiting the top attractions in Lower Manhattan can be a logistical nightmare. When you take walks with us however, we'll take care of admission fees, ferry tickets, and all the other details that hold you up, while putting you in the company of a local expert who will give you the stories and history behind these iconic sights.

Your day starts on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you arrive before most of the crowds show up. You'll get a full tour of the island then make your way up (215 steps) to the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. As you go, you'll pass through the Statue Museum, stopping to learn the improbable story of how Lady Liberty was constructed despite many ...

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Visiting the top attractions in Lower Manhattan can be a logistical nightmare. When you take walks with us however, we'll take care of admission fees, ferry tickets, and all the other details that hold you up, while putting you in the company of a local expert who will give you the stories and history behind these iconic sights.

Your day starts on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you arrive before most of the crowds show up. You'll get a full tour of the island then make your way up (215 steps) to the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. As you go, you'll pass through the Statue Museum, stopping to learn the improbable story of how Lady Liberty was constructed despite many delays and much opposition, and how she eventually won over her doubters. Climb through the very structure of the Staute to emerge at the Pedestal level, for the most incredible views back over NYC and the islands around you.

Next, you'll catch the ferry over to Ellis Island, where one of New York's most moving and fascinating musuems awaits you. On a fully-guided Ellis Island tour you'll learn how some 12 million immigrants passed through this processing center. Hear their stories of triumph and heartbreak as they either began new lives or were sent back to the Old World.

Afterwards you can choose to hang around Ellis Island for independent exploration, during which you can study your own family history in the museum's extensive archives. Otherwise, follow your guide back to Battery Park and grab lunch near here or at by the meeting point for the second half of your day (your 911 tour). Your guide will give you restaurant recommendations and transport tips to suit whatever you decide.

Before you go to the 911 Museum and Memorial you'll see some of the sites that played key roles on that terrible day, starting in St. Paul's Chapel, and moving on the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the Winter Garden, and Brookfield Place. Each of these sites are full of stories, some tragic, some happy, and with your local guide on hand, you won’t miss any of them.

Finally, you'll reach the 9/11 Memorial and spend some time taking in the Reflecting Pools, built in the footprint once filled by the Twin Towers. In front of the Fireman's Memorial your guide will tell you stories of the heroism of the FDNY, who fought tirelessly to save thousands that day. you'll also see the Survivor Tree, whose very existence has become a symbol of strength and renewal for New Yorkers.

The last stop on your full-day tour is the 9/11 Musuem, which is packed with artifacts and momentos that evoke the human side of 9/11. With pre-reserved, timed entry, you won't wait in the long lines that often stretch for hours here. Instead you'll part ways with your guide and walk straight inside for an independent visit. The 911 Museum is extremely well-curated and personal so, like a pilgrimage site, we believe it is best experienced alone.

This Statue of Liberty & 911 tour is a facinating experience for any visitor who wants to learn about some of the most momentous events in the history of New York - and how they have shaped the culture and the people of this unique city. With small groups of 20 people or fewer you'll have unparalleled access to your local guide and be able to experience the city in a way that most visitors can only dream of.

  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty with Pedestal access
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Museum
  • St. Paul's Chapel
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Reflecting Pools
  • Oculus World Trade Center
  • 9/11 Museum (self-guided)
  • Tour Includes
  • Ferry Tickets
  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets
  • Priority entrance 9/11 Museum tickets
  • Expert local guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Headsets
Statue of liberty Pedestal
No matter what angle you view the statue from, it's an impressive sight

FAQ

Are the hospitals on Ellis Island included on this tour?
No, The old hospitals are not open to the public and have to booked specially if you want to visit them.
Are visits to the statue of liberty ever canceled due to weather?
Our Statue of Liberty tours run rain or shine but the one exception is if the coastguard stops water traffic in New York Harbor due to inclement weather.
How does entry to the 911 Museum work?
You can only enter the 9/11 museum with a pre-purchased, timed entrance. You will enter at 5pm without your guide and without waiting in line. Average length of visit is 2 hours, so please plan for at least this much time.
Are there any restrictions on what I can bring into the 911 Museum?
You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the 9/11 Museum. Certain items are not permitted in the Museum and such as weapons, sharp items and scissors, or large bags. Dangerous items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Large bags will not be allowed inside the museum.
I have mobility issues/use a wheelchair, can I take this tour?
Yes! The Statue Pedestal has elevator access so we are happy to accomodate wheelchair users or those with limited mobility on this tour. The only part you will not be able to visit is a small platform at the very top of the Statue Pedestal.
What can I bring with me on my Statue of Liberty tour?
Guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted inside the Statue and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. These items include all weapons; scissors, sharp items and tools; face masks or any items designed to conceal the identity of the wearer. Large packages, suitcases and backpacks will also not be allowed on the ferry to Liberty Island. Please be aware that after the ferry, upon arrival at Liberty Island, there is another level of security. If you are carrying a backpack or large bag at this point, you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $2.00 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers. Other items not allowed inside at this point include food & drink, strollers, tripods, pocket-knives, laptops and tablet keyboards.
Does this tour include access to the Statue Crown?
No. Unfortunately, tickets for the Statue of Liberty Crown are extremely limited, at only 365 per day, and sell out months in advance. Walks does not provide any tours that include the Statue of Liberty Crown.