Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Statue Pedestal Access & Ellis Island Tour

4 hours

Max 20

218 reviews

Take an opportunity to get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Ellis Island & special access Statue of Liberty tour. You'll learn the story of Lady Liberty as you get special access to her pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor. Then take a fully guided tour of Ellis Island to learn the history of European immigration to America.

  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • The Statue of Liberty (with special Pedestal access)
  • Battery Park
  • Ellis Island & Immigration Museum
  • Tour Includes
  • Ferry tickets
  • Special access Statue of Liberty tickets including Pedestal
  • Ellis Island Museum tickets

Take the stairs: The Statue Pedestal offers the best views in NYC.

This Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour is the perfect way to learn about the history of European immigration to America, while visiting one of the country's most iconic national symbols.

Your day begins early with pre-reserved ferry tickets, getting you onto one of the first ferries heading to Liberty Island. That means that during your Statue of Liberty tour, you'll beat the worst of the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the Statue. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the island, telling you the story of how the statue came into the world in fits and starts, the project almost coming to ruin numerous times. Then on to the Statue Museum, located inside the base of the Statue Pedestal, where you'll find the original glass torch and some cool displays about the building of Lady Liberty.

Your Statue of Liberty tour continues with special access to the Pedestal. Prepare yourself; it's 215 steps to the top - but it's worth every labour. As you climb, you'll be able to see the interior metalwork of the Statue, then emerge 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.

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" the famous "Kissing Post".

When your tour ends you are free to hop back on the ferry with your guide, ending back in Battery Park; or you 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.


218 Verified Reviews

This tour was amazing.

The giuide was able to answer all questions, kept the tour on track; gave attendees time for photos and even suggested places for lunch. It was a great time with a wonderful tour guide.

Despite windy weather we had a lot of fun in our tour!

I really loved all the details we heard from our guide. Without this tour I would know very little about Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We also heard more information about the surrounding area and it was nice to know.


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.
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.
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.
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.