Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island

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4 hours

Max 25

Why take this tour?

A day at one of the most iconic sites in America should be an unforgettable experience. This impeccably planned day fuses a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty with a touching visit to Ellis Island. Start your day early in the company of a licensed guide to beat the afternoon crowds, sailing through the historic waters of New York’s harbor to Liberty Island. Stroll the historic grounds, learn about this enduring symbol of American life while being introduced to the best vantage points to consume the famed Manhattan skyline. Head to Ellis Island, paying homage to the millions of immigrants who began to write their next chapter within these walls. Wander the site at your leisure with the award-winning Audio Guide (included) narrated by those who passed through during the Island's heyday. With recommendations from your guide, you can spend time perusing the museum, diving into your own family history, or enjoy a bite at the Island’s popular cafeteria.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy early morning access to Liberty Island for a tour of the iconic Statue of Liberty before the swelling crowds
  • Created with Sketch.Spend your time in the company of a licensed New York City tour guide
  • Created with Sketch.Join a small group of other curious travelers with no more than 25 people in your group
  • Created with Sketch.Take in the famed NYC skyline with beautiful views of the harbor and Lady Liberty
  • Created with Sketch.See incredible artifacts (including the original torch!) and building plans at the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Created with Sketch.Pay homage on Ellis Island with personal time to explore
  • Created with Sketch.Support your visit with the official audio guide on Ellis Island

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 to America

The Statue of Liberty is a story of passage. The passage of time, the passage of people, and a rite of passage for all who come to New York City. Should this be a once-in-a-lifetime visit or a visit with an old friend, this tour grants impeccable quality to your time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Begin your day within the confines of The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) - the historical landmark serving as a gateway between lower Manhattan and the small island in the midst of New York Bay - the island whose mighty soil lay the foundation for Lady Liberty. After much anticipation, board one of the earliest ferries ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds, while...

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The Statue of Liberty is a story of passage. The passage of time, the passage of people, and a rite of passage for all who come to New York City. Should this be a once-in-a-lifetime visit or a visit with an old friend, this tour grants impeccable quality to your time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Begin your day within the confines of The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) - the historical landmark serving as a gateway between lower Manhattan and the small island in the midst of New York Bay - the island whose mighty soil lay the foundation for Lady Liberty. After much anticipation, board one of the earliest ferries ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds, while sailing through the open waters so famed in American culture and film. On one side, bid adieu to the dissipating shoreline of Manhattan while on the other side greets the swiftly approaching Statue of Liberty.

It is here your guide will dive deep into the story of how Lady Liberty came to be. As you tour the island, your guide - an expert in setting the stage, creating the scene, and invoking your imagination will share the incredible historical facts that fuel your understanding of just how important this monument truly is. Take in beautiful views of the famed New York skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the surrounding environs. Pause in the upgraded Statue of Liberty Museum, filled with engaging artifacts, and stand mere feet from Lady Liberty’s original torch!

After your time commences at the Statue of Liberty board the short ferry to Ellis Island - another mammoth site in the history of the United States. As a brief introduction, your guide will set the tone - sharing the special spaces to visit within the buildings and grant insight to support your time here. At this time, bid farewell to your personal expert in order to tour this special place at your own pace. Knowing how touching this place can be, we give everyone time to wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. You are also welcome to return on the ferry with your guide.

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

  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty (Pedestal Included)
  • Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Battery Park
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Castle Clinton National Monument
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (includes Statue Grounds access)
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)
  • Official audio guide on Ellis Island
  • Small group of up to 25 people
Pre-reserved Ferry tickets to Liberty Island are included.
Discover amazing views on your ferry to Liberty Island.
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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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