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Twisted Statue Tour: The Original, Unconventional Storytelling Tour

3 hours

Max 20

6 reviews

Peek beneath the skirts of the Lady Liberty and get the hidden history (both real and imagined) of the iconic statue that wasn't always so, uh, iconic. With special pedestal access and a small group of 20 people or fewer, this tour will have you laughing, crying, and seeing the Statue of Liberty from a whole new perspective.

See the Statue of Liberty from a whole new perspective No matter what angle you view the statue from, it's an impressive sight Small groups mean more access to your guide Our guide goes the extra distance to get that perfect Statue of Liberty photo for guests The Statue of Liberty has a small, but very fun museum Would you like to peek up the skirts of Lady Liberty? Taking a look inside the statue will help you appreciate the engineering that has kept the statue standing for over a century See the face of Lady Liberty up close at the (special access) Statue Museum The view from the Statue of Liberty Pedestal is easily one of the best in NYC See an early version of the Statue of Liberty's torch inside the Statue Museum
  • Sites Visited
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal
  • Ellis Island (self-guided)
  • Tour Includes
  • Ferry tickets to Liberty Island
  • Special access tickets to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal
  • Return ferry tickets (including Ellis Island stop)

Take Walks: Take another look. How well do you really know Lady Liberty?

Public Hangings, angry flocks of seagulls, Elvis doppelgangers, and drunken Frenchmen - all of these make an appearnce in the stories you'll hear on this unique experience. No, it's not your grandma's Statue of Liberty tour.

You'll start with a ferry ride out to Liberty Island, as your fun, local guide regales you with the legends about the harbor. Whether or not they all actually happened is a matter of debate, but separating fact from fiction is half the fun.

Once on Liberty Island you'll use your special access tickets to get all the way up to the statue pedestal, giving you stunning views of New York Harbor, a visit to the Statue Museum held inside the pedestal, and a glimpse inside the inner workings of Lady Liberty (see - you really will get under her skirt). As you walk, you'll learn the improbable story of a statue that one man wanted to build and no one wanted to keep; a statue that has been used to hawk all sorts of questionable products, but still remains a marvel of modern engineering.

Your Statue of Liberty tour ends on Liberty Island but your guide will leave you with ferry passes and tickets to the Ellis Island Museum, which we highly recommend seeing for its poignant exhibits on the history of European immigration to America. It's an extremely well-curated space with interactive displays and lots of reading material, so you'll get a lot from your visit even without a guide.

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6 Verified Reviews

Great for reluctant teenagers

About halfway through our tour, I immediately messaged my Illinois friends that will be visiting NYC soon, and recommended the Twisted Tour! Dan was absolutely amazing. While he was incredibly knowledgeable and demonstrated a wealth of historical information about the Statue of Liberty and NYC, he also added a unique level of comedic relief and zest that truly captivated our entire tour group. My 2 teenagers were previously "less than enthusiastic" about another historical tour, especially one so early in the morning, but he kept their attention and engaged them with his quizzes and games. Well worth the money, and was a hallmark memory of our trip--thanks so much!

Absolutely amazing.

My tour guide was outstanding and the whole experience was beautiful.

FAQ

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.
What's so different about this tour, compared to the other Statue of Liberty tours?
Our Twisted Statue Tour provides you with much of the great facts and information that you will learn on other Statue of Liberty tours but you will also get stories, gossip, and lore that more serious tours leave out. This means you'll be laughing and having fun while also getting the more serious historical angle. Your guide will be helpful and fun and perhaps a tad sarcastic, and there is there is even a quiz at the end with prizes. This tour is especially good for the teenager in your group who doesn’t think they want to do a “stupid Statue tour”. In fact kids in general tend to really enjoy this tour.
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.
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.