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Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour & Ellis Island Access

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4 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?

Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to not only ensure the safety and well being of our guests, but to comply with restrictions and closures that our vendors may require. The Statue of Liberty may have limited access to its pedestal and Museum as well as Ellis Island and its attractions. We will edit and amend the tour to insure that our guests are given the best experience possible within these ever changing situations. Take the opportunity to enjoy a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty Tour. You'll discover the story of Lady Liberty as you take in beautiful views over New York Harbor, then enjoy a visit to Ellis Island after learning about the history of European immigration to America.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy early access* to the Statue of Liberty on a fully-guided tour
  • 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.Take in beautiful views over the city - and of Lady Liberty herself - from the base grounds of the statue**
  • Created with Sketch.Discover the story behind how the statue came to be with insights from your fascinating guide
  • Created with Sketch.Take time to see the incredible artifacts (including the original torch!) and statue building plans at the new state-of-the-art Statue of Liberty Museum

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Discover the story of how Lady Liberty came into the world

This Statue of Liberty and 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 (the project almost coming to ruin numerous times).

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This Statue of Liberty and 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 (the project almost coming to ruin numerous times).

You'll take in beautiful views of New York Harbor and stand in awe beneath Lady Liberty herself with access to the base grounds, before it's on to the stunning new state-of-the-art Statue of Liberty Museum where you'll have time to take in some incredible displays about the building of Lady Liberty, and to see some of her most striking artifacts - including her original torch!

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 are free to hop back on the ferry with your guide, and 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.

*Please note that early access only applies to tours before 10am

  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty (ground access)
  • Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Battery Park
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Castle Clinton National Monument Pier A Harbor House (from exterior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Statue of Liberty tickets
  • Ellis Island Museum tickets
Pre-reserved Ferry tickets to Liberty Island are included.
Discover amazing views on your ferry to Liberty Island.
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Our tour guide was a young lady from Australia and amazing.

Outstanding guide. His explanations were informative and enterting. My whole family ages 13 to 72 loved the experience.


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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