Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & 9/11 Tour with Priority One World Observatory Tickets

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8.5 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?

A full-day tour package that visits three of the most affecting sights in NYC. Start the day with a Statue of Liberty tour and visit to the Ellis Island Museum. Then, head over to the 9/11 Memorial for an in-depth look at the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. Finally, finish on a high note looking out over the city with priority entrance One World Observatory tickets.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Visit some of the most important sites in New York in one day
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about New York's history on a full tour of the Statue of Liberty*
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the aftermath of 9/11 on the 9/11 Memorial Tour
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Ellis Island and hear the touching history of European immigration
  • Created with Sketch.Take in the breathtaking views from the One World Observatory

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

Take some time out to learn about NYC, from start to present

Visit two of Lower Manhattan's most important historical sites and top it off with panoramic views from atop One World Observatory; New York's new favorite attraction. It's a full day of sightseeing but we handle all the logistics, including admission fees and some of the best guides in the business, to bring the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial to life.

You'll start early on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you'll beat most of the crowds and head straight to meet Lady Liberty. From here, your guide will tell you the improbable story of the Statue's construction, and how it went from New York's most maligned monument to one of her most beloved. You'll also enjoy in...

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Visit two of Lower Manhattan's most important historical sites and top it off with panoramic views from atop One World Observatory; New York's new favorite attraction. It's a full day of sightseeing but we handle all the logistics, including admission fees and some of the best guides in the business, to bring the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial to life.

You'll start early on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you'll beat most of the crowds and head straight to meet Lady Liberty. From here, your guide will tell you the improbable story of the Statue's construction, and how it went from New York's most maligned monument to one of her most beloved. You'll also enjoy incredible views over New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan.

Next, you'll cross the harbor to Ellis Island for a touching and intimate look at the history of European immigration in America. Some 12 million Europeans passed through Ellis Island on their way to make new lives in America. Today Ellis Island Museum is a beautiful and often heart-wrenching tribute to their lives and stories.

After the museum, you'll head back to Battery Park and can grab lunch (with recommendations from your guide) before reconvening at St Peter's Chapel to start your 9/11 Memorial tour with another well-versed Walks guide.

It begins by visiting some of the sites that played key roles on that terrible day, including St. Paul's Chapel, and the stunning new Oculus building. With your local guide on hand to tell you the stories behind each site, you'll relive some of the tragedy and heroism of that day, and the strength and dedication it took to rebuild.

When you reach the 9/11 Memorial, you'll spend some time contemplating the Reflecting Pools that sit in the footprint of the Twin Towers; then head over to the Firemen's Memorial to learn how the FDNY put everything on the line to save lives on that fateful day. You'll also see the Survivor Tree, whose improbable story has become symbolic of New York's regeneration since the attacks.

After a day that includes a lot of heart-wrenching stories, you'll end things on a (very) high note with priority entrance One World Observatory tickets. Ask any last questions you have of your guide (they'll leave you here) before skipping lines that often stretch for over an hour.

Once inside, you'll hop in a Sky Pod and shoot up over one hundred floors in just 43 seconds. This elevator isn't just fast though. Universal Studios collaborated on the project to create an incredible simulation of NYC's growth over time, animated on the interior walls of the pod. As you ascend, you'll watch the skyline change from New York's low-rise origins to the incredible skyline we know today.

At the top of the Observatory, you'll step out onto the glassed-in observation deck for stunning, 360-degree views of New York. Visiting on your own you can take your time here, grab a drink, or just marvel at how beautiful New York looks in the evening light.

*Tours taking place until March 31st 2020 will include access to the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

  • Sites Visited
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • St Paul's Chapel
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Reflecting Pools
  • One World Observatory
  • World Trade Center and Oculus
  • Tour Includes
  • Ferry tickets to Liberty and Ellis Islands
  • Priority entrance One World Observatory tickets
  • Small group of 20 people or fewer
  • Expert guides
  • *Special access to the Statue Pedestal (until March 31st 2020))
No matter what angle you view the statue from, it's an impressive sight
Small groups mean more access to your guide
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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.
How long will it take me to visit One World Observatory?
Your pre-reserved observatory entrance is at 5pm sharp. The average length of visits is about 1 hour.
What can I (and can I not) bring into One World Observatory?
You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter One World Observatory, and unavoidable lines can build up as people pass through security. Items forbidden from One World Observatory include: - Weapons of any kind - Large backpacks or bags (the only bags allowed inside must be within the range of 25 inches high, 17 inches wide & 9 inches deep) - Food, beverages or alcohol - Double-wide strollers - Professional camera or video equipment including tripods For an up-to-date list of prohibited items, visit https://oneworldobservatory.com/content/uploads/2015/03/OWO-Prohibited-Items.pdf
Does this tour include the 9/11 Museum?
No. This tour includes pre-reserved tickets for One World Observatory only. To visit the 9/11 Museum please see our 9/11 Memorial & Museum tour.

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