Special Access Statue of Liberty Pedestal Tour with Ellis Island

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3 hrs 30 mins

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Our most exclusive tour of the Statue of Liberty, this special access tour takes you inside the Statue Pedestal with increasingly rare access tickets. Learn the fascinating story of Lady Liberty from your expert guide as you take in spectacular views over New York Harbor, then visit Ellis Island after discovering the history of European immigration to America.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy an unforgettable experience with special access tickets to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal
  • Created with Sketch.Discover the fascinating story behind how Lady Liberty came to be, with eye-opening insights from your Walks guide
  • Created with Sketch.Climb the 200+ stairs of the statue Pedestal and take in spectacular views over New York Harbor
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Ellis Island and hear the stories of second chances and heartbreak, new lives begun and families torn apart
  • Created with Sketch.Relax knowing your itinerary - including roundtrip ferry transport to two islands - is all being taken care of by a seasoned statue expert
  • Created with Sketch.Take time to see the incredible artifacts and statue building plans at the new state-of-the-art Statue of Liberty Museum - including Lady Liberty's original torch!

Take in the best view in New York from the special-access Statue Pedestal

Your day begins early in the AM when, after meeting your guide and small group, you'll hop on one of the first ferries heading to Liberty Island. The early morning departure may feel like a struggle for some, but trust us - it's the best way to beat the worst of the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the Statue!

Once on Liberty Island your fully-guided tour of Lady Liberty begins. Prepare to discover fascinating facts about how the statue came to be (including how the project almost coming to ruin numerous times), with an expert guide who knows how to separate fact from fiction. You'll also learn some of the most interesting tales to have come from the surrounding New York Har...

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Your day begins early in the AM when, after meeting your guide and small group, you'll hop on one of the first ferries heading to Liberty Island. The early morning departure may feel like a struggle for some, but trust us - it's the best way to beat the worst of the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the Statue!

Once on Liberty Island your fully-guided tour of Lady Liberty begins. Prepare to discover fascinating facts about how the statue came to be (including how the project almost coming to ruin numerous times), with an expert guide who knows how to separate fact from fiction. You'll also learn some of the most interesting tales to have come from the surrounding New York Harbor, before making your way to the statue to take in the views for yourself.

Access to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal is becoming increasingly rare, but with your special access tickets you're guarateed entry to the area. Once inside it's time to climb the Pedestal steps. Prepare yourself! It's 215 steps to the top - but it's worth every one! As you climb, you'll be able to see the interior metalwork of the Statue, before emerging at the top for arguably the best view in NYC. From here, you'll get panoramic views back over the city, its bridges, and the nearby Ellis Island and Governor's Island.

An exploration inside the the new state-of-the-art Statue of Liberty Museum is a must for all visitors to Liberty Island, so be sure to take time to take in all the incredible artifacts - including Lady Liberty's original torch - before you depart!

For the second part of the tour you'll take the ferry with your guide over to Ellis Island for a deep dive into the history of American immigration.

Ellis Island was the first place that some 12 million European immigrants set foot on American soil, though as you'll learn on your tour, not all of them went further. Hear stories of second chances and heartbreak, new lives begun and families torn apart, as you see famous parts of Ellis Island's processing centers (now a museum) like the 'Stairs of Separation' and the famous 'Kissing Post'.

When your tour ends, you're free to hop back on the ferry with your guide to return to Battery Park, or you can continue your exploration of Ellis Island. The museum here is one of the most interesting in NYC; extremely well-curated with video and audio content and interactive displays. It also includes a special section to help visitors locate the records of any ancestors that were processed here.

  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal
  • Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Battery Park
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Castle Clinton National Monument Pier A Harbor House (from exterior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Ferry tickets
  • Statue of Liberty tickets (including Pedestal)
  • Ellis Island Museum tickets. Walks guide
Pre-reserved Ferry tickets to Liberty Island are included.
Discover amazing views on your ferry to Liberty Island.

FAQ

Are visits to the Statue of Liberty ever canceled due to weather?
Our Statue of Liberty tours run rain or shine. The one exception is however that if the coastguard stops water traffic in New York Harbor due to inclement weather, access to the statue is not possible.
Are the hospitals on Ellis Island included on this tour?
No, The old hospitals are not open to the public and have to be booked specially if you want to visit them.
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.
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 cost 0.25 cents and only take quarters (you will not be able to use a dime and a nickle for example). Please be sure to have a quarter in your change for your locker. Other items not allowed inside at this point include food and drink, strollers, tripods, pocket-knives, laptops and tablet keyboards. Visitors are allowed to bring water for drinking inside, once it is in a clear container.
I have mobility issues/use a wheelchair, can I take the Statue of Liberty tour?
Yes! However please note that if your tour includes the Statue Pedestal (which has elevator access) the only part you will NOT be able to visit is a small platform at the very top of the Statue Pedestal.

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